Biodiversity

Workshop Explores Climate-Ocean Linkages Ahead of Third Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

oceans_paris_agreement14 September 2016: On the eve of the opening of the Third Our Ocean Conference, the Division of Environment and Oceanic Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the National Geographic Society organized a workshop to consider the theme, "Is the Paris Agreement Good News for the Ocean?”

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UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office [viewed]

ga-71-logo13 September 2016: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held its closing plenary, adopting a consensus resolution to improve the transparency and accountability of the Office of the UNGA President. UNGA 71 then opened with the incoming President, Peter Thomson of Fiji, becoming the first in UN history to take an Oath of Office.

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Event: Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change [viewed]

This international conference on indigenous knowledge and climate change will be held on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC, and is being organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS-France), in partnership with Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee and Tebtebba. The Conference is supported by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, the Japanese funds-in-trust to UNESCO, and the National Research Agency of France.  

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Event: Conference on Vulnerable States and Territories: Special Session on the Blue Economy [viewed]

This event is taking place in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and will focus on climate change and oceans and the blue economy.  

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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ASEAN-UN Summit Highlights Plan of Action 2016-2020 [viewed]

ASEAN UN8 September 2016: Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN met on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit to discuss increased cooperation and strengthening their partnership. Addressing the gathering, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed cooperation between the two organizations through the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action, which addresses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and gender equality and women's empowerment, among other issues.

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UN-REDD Proposes Conceptual Framework for Country Approaches to Safeguards [viewed]

unredd12 August 2016: A technical brief published by the UN-REDD Programme Safeguards Coordination Group presents the emerging common elements of country approaches to safeguards related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

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Event: 2016 Our Ocean Conference [viewed]

The third 'Our Ocean' conference, organized by the US Department of State and hosted by US Secretary of State John Kerry, will convene under the theme, ‘Our Ocean, One Future'. The conference, in addition to tracking progress made on commitments from the first two conferences, is expected to focus on marine protected areas (MPAs), sustainable fishing, marine pollution, and climate and ocean. The meeting will aim to catalyze actions to protect the ocean from threats posed by unsustainable and illegal fishing, pollution and climate change as well as empower a new generation of leaders to identify solutions and commit to protecting and conserving the ocean and its resources. The conference is also expected to generate commitments to protect the ocean with a focus on the role of technological innovation and entrepreneurship in ocean conservation and sustainable use; and partnerships with relevant industries, such as fisheries, technologists, plastics producers, waste management companies, major retailers and producers, as well as multilateral development banks (MDBs) and civil society, including philanthropies, academia and the faith-based community. A parallel event at Georgetown University, 'Our Ocean, One Future Leadership Summit,' will focus on youth and student engagement in ocean policy and advocacy.  

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Policy Update #36: Monthly Forecast: September 2016 [viewed]

As the northern summer draws to a close, the natural resources policy community has been heavily engaged in moving the sustainable development agenda forward.

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