Oceans & Coasts

Event: 34th Meetings of the CCAMLR and its Scientific Committee [viewed]

The 34th meetings of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and its Scientific Committee will convene in Hobart, Australia. The meeting is expected to address, among other issues: illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; climate change; catch documentation scheme (CDS); vessel monitoring system (VMS); harvested species (krill, fish; fish and invertebrate by-catch); incidental mortality; spatial management and impacts on the Antarctic system; compliance with conservation measures in force; and compliance evaluation procedures.  

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Blue Guardians Initiative on Oceans to Support SIDS Resilience to Climate Change [viewed]

clinton_global_initiative1 October 2015: An international initiative, titled ‘Blue Guardians,' has been launched by former US President Bill Clinton, to address the urgent need for climate change action through recognition of the role of oceans in climate change resilience and mitigation. The initiative will promote the development of 39 sustainable island economies while increasing their resilience to climate change and promoting marine and fisheries conservation and clean renewable energy.

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New Permanent Observer Highlights Pacific Issues [viewed]

SPC logo27 September 2015: The Pacific Community, which became a Permanent Observer to the UN in December 2014, enabling it to participate in UN debates, made its first statement at the UN Sustainable Development Summit. Pacific Community Director-General Colin Tukuitonga highlighted climate change, youth, oceans and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) as particularly concerning to the Pacific region. He also noted that education is a fundamental building block for sustainable development.

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UNGA General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Peace, Equality [viewed]

unga7028 September 2015: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its General Debate, which is convening under the theme ‘The UN at 70: A new commitment to action.' Speakers welcomed the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), with many praising the focus on poverty eradication and inequality. Many speakers also addressed UN reform and peace and security, including discussion of Syria and the refugee crisis.

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GEF Event Examines SDGs and Planetary Boundaries [viewed]

post2015_iisdrs_sideevents27 September 2015: Protecting the Earth's shared natural resources in the context of population's accelerated growth was the focus of a high-level event organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) on the margins of the UN Sustainable Development Summit.

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Kiribati, Senegal Submit INDCs [viewed]

kiribati_senegal26 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Kiribati and Senegal have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 81.

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SPREP, Coral Triangle Initiative-CFF Cooperate on Marine Conservation [viewed]

sprep-cticff22 September 2015: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) at the 26th Annual SPREP Meeting, which is convening in Apia, Samoa. The CTI-CFF and SPREP will collaborate on a regional community-based turtle conservation project.

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Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea Submit INDCs [viewed]

comoros_grenada_equatorial21 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 65. All three INDCs address both mitigation and adaptation.

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EU, Republic of Korea Discuss Climate, Sustainable Development, Energy [viewed]

eu_rok15 September 2015: The anticipated global climate agreement to be adopted in December 2015, energy efficiency and biodiversity conservation were among the topics addressed at the Eighth Bilateral Summit of the Republic of Korea and the EU. The two parties delivered a joint statement underlining their commitment to work with other countries to deliver an “ambitious” and “effective” agreement under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) at the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Event: 23rd Session of the GCOS Steering Committee [viewed]

The 23rd Session of the Global Climate Observing System's (GCOS) Steering Committee is expected to discuss, among other things strategy, review and plans, including the GCOS Implementation Plan. It will also feature a scientific and technical discussion with partners and expert panels on, inter alia: information on preparations for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC; reports on past and future activities; and engagement with GCOS partners. The Committee will also discuss governance and budget. The meeting will be preceded by GCOS Science Day on Monday, 28 September 2015, which will promote and discuss long-term climate observations in the atmosphere, terrestrial and marine systems, as well as climate variables and integration into models. The GCOS Steering Committee Steering provides scientific and technical guidance to sponsoring and participating organizations and agencies for the planning, implementation and further development of GCOS, which is a joint undertaking of the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Council for Science.  

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