Event: Second Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) will convene for the second time in 2016. The UNEA of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) represents the highest level of governance of international environmental affairs in the UN system. The Rio+20 conference agreed in June 2012 to strengthen and upgrade UNEP through measures including universal membership of its Governing Council and ensuring the active participation of all relevant stakeholders. In March 2013, the 67th session of the UN General Assembly changed the designation of the Governing Council of UNEP to become UNEA, reflecting the intention to elevate its status.  

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ICCWC Strategic Mission, MIKES Launched as CITES SC65 Opens [viewed]

cites-iccwc7 July 2014: At a side event organized during the sixty-fifth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), the International Consortium on Combating Wildlife Crime (ICCWC) launched its Strategic Mission 2014-2016. The Mission sets forth the agenda to fight wildlife and forest crime, providing the first strategic framework for the consortium's activities and future directions since its establishment in late 2010.

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UN Report Highlights MDG Targets Within Reach [viewed]

United Nations7 July 2014: Many of the currently unfulfilled Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets are within reach by 2015, according to 'The Millennium Development Goals Report 2014.' The report provides updates on progress toward fulfilling the MDGs and their targets at global and regional levels. Launching the report, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that “achievements have been uneven between goals, among and within regions and countries and between population groups.”

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G-77/China, Others Hold Side Events at First UNEA [viewed]

unea27 June 2014: The 50th Anniversary of the Group of 77 and China (G-77/China) was commemorated during the first meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA), which took place in Nairobi, Kenya, from 23-27 June 2014. The commemoration was one of over 40 UNEA side events, which also included discussions on air quality in African cities, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), sound management of chemicals and waste, illegal trade in wildlife, and green and decent jobs.

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Aarhus Convention, PRTR Protocol Parties Discuss Access to Information and Implementation [viewed]

UNECE4 July 2014: The fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 5) to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), the second Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (MOPP 2) on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), and their joint high-level segment convened in Maastricht, the Netherlands, from 30 June-4 July 2014.

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GEF/World Bank Support Caribbean Marine Biodiversity Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF27 June 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), through the World Bank, has provided US$7.2 million to the Caribbean Biodiversity Fund (CBF) for the conservation, expansion and management of national protected area systems and other biodiverse areas across the Eastern Caribbean. The CBF is part of the Caribbean Challenge Initiative (CCI), a regional effort that aims to protect 20% of marine ecosystems in participating countries by 2020.

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Turkey Joins WAVES Partnership [viewed]

waves26 June 2014: Turkey has become the 70th participating country partner of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) Partnership, while two of the Partnership's eight core implementing countries, Guatemala and Indonesia, have advanced natural capital accounting (NCA) in consultation with the initiative.

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Event: CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning [viewed]

Hosted by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this expert workshop aims to provide consolidated practical guidance and a toolkit for marine spatial planning. Aiming to respond to the request of the CBD Conference of the Parties (COP) for the development of a web-based information-sharing system linking existing information sources on marine spatial planning, the workshop will review submissions on scientific and technical information, case studies, tools and guidance, and relevant management plans related to marine spatial planning.  

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Event: Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) are organizing the Sixth International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific (ISAP2014) under the theme ‘Bringing Regional Voices to the Post-2015 Development Agenda: Solutions for a Low-carbon, Resilient and Inclusive Asia-Pacific'. ISAP2014 will bring together key stakeholders and ensure that their voices are linked with discussions at all levels up to, including and beyond 2015. Speakers at ISAP2014 will include: Rintaro Tamaki, Deputy Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC); and Abdul Hamid Zakri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). ISAP aims to promote information sharing and facilitate a range of discussions on sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, with the participation of representatives from international organizations, governments, the business community and NGOs.  

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Event: CBD Workshop on Synergies between REDD+ and Ecosystem Conservation and Restoration in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) and the Central African Forest Commission (COMIFAC), this workshop aims to support Central African countries in: the development of national targets and plans for ecosystem conservation and restoration within the framework of the Aichi targets; integrating targets, as well as REDD+ actions, into updated national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs); and demonstrating the appropriate data-gathering processes, assessments, policies and tools for implementing a coherent approach to targets and REDD+ actions.  

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