ABS Protocol Reaches 48 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD11 July 2014: Niger, Burundi, the Gambia, Madagascar, Mozambique, Sudan and Peru ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) in July 2014, bringing the total number of ratifications to 48.

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ITPGR Celebrates 10 Years of Entry Into Force [viewed]

ITPGR3 July 2014: On 3 July 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland, the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) celebrated its 10th birthday since its entry into force on 29 June 2004. The event aimed to highlight the Treaty's role in ensuring global food security, farmers' rights, sustainable agriculture, and fair and equitable benefit-sharing arising from the use of plant genetic resources.

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CEPF, IUCN Will Provide US$9 Million for Pacific Biodiversity Projects [viewed]

iucn-cepf2 July 2014: The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has announced a call for proposals for biodiversity projects in the Pacific. IUCN says it will provide a total of US$9 million to non-governmental organizations to work on projects in 20 biodiverse areas in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Solomon Islands and Vanuatu, covering a total of 1.5 million hectares.

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Pacific Mangroves Initiative Works Towards Declaration at SIDS Conference [viewed]

iucn-sprep1 July 2014: The Pacific Mangroves Initiative has developed a mangroves declaration, which is expected to be signed by Environment Ministers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga and Vanuatu at the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The declaration is expected to emphasize mangroves as key coastal ecosystems that need conservation and to formalize regional cooperation on their conservation and sustainable use.

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GEF SGP Supports Sun-Boat Development in Turkey [viewed]

GEF SGPJuly 2014: Turkey's Small Grants Program (SGP) has developed a solar powered boat designed especially for lakes under pressure from recreational activities. The emissions-free, noise-free “Güneşli Bot” aims to serve as a model for using solar photovoltaic energy in marine applications.

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Event: GRASP Regional Meeting – East Africa [viewed]

This two-day meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) is designed to promote cooperation and collaboration among the five countries comprising the GRASP East African Group (Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda), along with conservation organizations, research institutions and other agencies working in the region.  

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Event: Third Session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Plenary [viewed]

The third session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) plenary will review progress made on the adopted IPBES work programme for 2014 – 2018, including the related budget and institutional arrangements for its implementation. In addition, the third session of the IPBES plenary will select the members of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel (MEP) based on the nominations received from governments. The event will be preceded by consultations and a stakeholder day on 10-11 January.  

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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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