Latin America & the Caribbean

High-Level Panel Calls for UN Action against Illicit Wildlife Trade [viewed]

United Nations26 September 2013: A High-Level Panel held during the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) has called for UN action against illegal wildlife trade. The event, 'Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: A Multidimensional Crime and a Growing Challenge to the International Community,' took place on 26 September 2013, and was convened by the Governments of Gabon and Germany.

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Rio Conventions Pavilion Convenes for Gender Day [viewed]

makgwanba-ngwao-culture-group25 September 2013: The Rio Conventions Pavilion convened for Gender Day on 25 September. The Rio Conventions Pavilion is meeting in conjunction with the Eleventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), taking place from 16-27 September 2013, in Windhoek, Namibia.

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IFPRI Considers Socioeconomic Impacts of GM Crops [viewed]

IFPRI Logo23 September 2013: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) has published a report offering guidance to practitioners, regulators, policymakers and researchers on incorporating socioeconomic considerations in biosafety regulations and approval processes for genetically modified (GM) crops.

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GBIF Announces Historical Brazilian Collection [viewed]

GBIf16 September 2013: The Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) has announced the availability of over half a million individual records from the Rio de Janeiro Botanic Gardens (JBRJ) Research Institute. The collection, dating back to the early 19th century, serves as Brazil's first contribution to the BGIF since it joined in 2012.

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UN-NGLS Report Discusses Four Regional Civil Society Objectives for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

UNDP NGLS22 September 2013: The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) published a report titled ‘Advancing Regional Recommendations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda,' which synthesizes four months of consultations with 120 regional civil society networks on the post-2015 agenda. The report concludes that obstacles to achieving sustainable development are political, not technical, and recognizes post-2015 discussions as an opportunity to mobilize leadership and support for transformational change.

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CMS Reports on High Andean Flamingos Action Plan, Reduction of Barriers to Migratory Species [viewed]

CMSAugust 2013: The June-August issue of the Bulletin of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) features a guest article by Rüdiger Strempel, Chair of the Jastarnia Group, on the Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans of the Baltic and North Seas (ASCOBANS) Advisory Committee meeting, in addition to articles on the draft Action Plan for the High Andean Flamingos and the International Action Plan adopted to reduce barriers to migratory species in Central Asia.

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Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS 2014 Concludes in New York [viewed]

ipm-sids16 September 2013: The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) concluded in New York, US, on 16 September 2013.

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GEF Holds Second Meeting of the GEF-6 Replenishment [viewed]

GEF11 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened the second meeting of the negotiations for the sixth replenishment of the GEF, bringing together representatives from 29 donor countries, four non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), the Evaluation Office and the Secretariat.

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FAO Assesses Food Waste Impacts on Land, Climate, Water and Biodiversity [viewed]

FAO11 September 2013: The Food and Agriculture of the UN (FAO) has released a study documenting the environmental impacts of global food wastage as well as its direct economic impacts, which it reports add up to $750 billion annually.

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Central America Council Ministers Declare Support for ITPGR Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica [viewed]

ITPGRAugust 2013: Participating in a meeting of the Agricultural Council of Central America (CAC), six Ministers and two Vice-Ministers of Agriculture noted the importance of the Strategic Action Plan for Mesoamerica, developed in the framework of the Benefit-sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), and declared their intention to incorporate it into their national agendas.

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