COFI 32 Concludes, Discusses Aquaculture and Blue Growth [viewed]

fao_headquarters15 July 2016: The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) has concluded with participants welcoming the entry into force of the Agreement of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing (PSMA). The meeting also featured discussions on aquaculture, food security and blue growth, among other issues.

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IOC-UNESCO Assesses Status of LMEs and Open Oceans [viewed]

UNESCO IOC13 July 2016: Fifty percent of all fish stocks in large marine ecosystems (LMEs) are overexploited and 60% of the world's coral reefs are threatened by local activities, according to the findings of a series of assessments by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (IOC-UNESCO). The Transboundary Waters Assessment Programme (TWAP) carried out the global assessments of transboundary water systems around the world in LMEs and the open ocean.

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African Stakeholders Call for Prioritizing Water at COP 22 [viewed]

conference_international_d'eau12 July 2016: In preparation for the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), 650 decision makers, researchers, technical experts, financiers and civil society members from 40 countries came together for an International Conference on Water and Climate. Organized under the theme 'Water Security for Climate Justice,' the conference resulted in a ministerial call from 22 African countries emphasizing the importance of implementing and funding water initiatives in Africa, both in the context of the COP 21 outcomes and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

GEO6July 2016: Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 to Open for Public Review [viewed]

GCOS WCRP logosJuly 2016: The Global Climate Observing System (GCOS) Programme's Implementation Plan will be open for public review from 25 July to 5 September 2016. The 2016 Plan, which is being prepared in consultation with the global climate scientific and observing community, will be presented to the Steering Committee for final endorsement and submitted to the UNFCCC Secretariat on 10 October 2016. The GCOS Implementation Plan 2016 will then be submitted to the 45th session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA 45) under the UNFCCC in Marrakech, Morocco, in November 2016.

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Event: Restoring the Socio-Ecological and Socio-Economic Relationships in the Miombo Woodlands [viewed]

This meeting will seek to create an action plan for the miombo woodlands for the next three years focused on: drivers of land-use change; restoration; adaptation to climate change; socio-ecological relationships; and forest governance. The miombo woodlands are the most extensive warm dry forest type in southern Africa, covering 2.7 million square kilometers that span seven countries. They play a critical ecological, economic and social role, supporting, for example, the livelihoods of more than 65 million people in the region. The meeting is being convened by the Miombo Network, along with the Eduardo Mondlane University, the Global Observation of Forest and Land Cover Dynamics (GOFC-GOLD), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the Program on Forests (PROFOR), the Global Change System for Analysis, Research and Training, and the World Bank. The Miombo Network fosters collaborative efforts in land cover monitoring and management.  

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Event: MedCOP Climate 2016 [viewed]

MedCOP Climate 2016 will be held in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 22), and aims to: contribute to international efforts to fight climate change from a regional perspective; act as a platform for dialogue and consultation among stakeholders across the Mediterranean region; strengthen solidarity among stakeholders; and determine best practices and innovative mechanisms for changing individual and collective behaviors. The meeting will bring together approximately 2000 representatives from 22 Mediterranean countries, the private sector, civil society, and regional and international organizations to: highlight existing climate initiatives in the region; formulate innovative ideas through local, national and regional networks; enable stakeholders to present and discuss the development of their projects; and raise awareness regarding the benefits of and need for climate action in the Mediterranean region. MedCOP 2016 also aims to: monitor commitments approved during the first MedCOP, held in Marseille, France, in June 2015; affirm the relevance of the Mediterranean dimension in combating climate change; and prepare a Mediterranean action plan, enabling the implementation of a mitigation and adaptation roadmap. The conference is organized by the Government of Morocco, the Union for the Mediterranean, and the COP 21 and COP 22 Presidencies, among others. The MedCOP convenes every year in advance of the UNFCCC COP.  

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Event: High-Level Dialogue on Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

This dialogue will convene during the 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO), which will convene from 18-22 in Rome, Italy, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The dialogue will focus on, among other things, providing funding and other support for implementing REDD+ activities in developing countries.  

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SDG 2 Event Highlights Need for Deep Transformation [viewed]

sdg212 July 2016: A discussion hosted by Biovision, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), and the Permanent Mission of Senegal highlighted two initiatives to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 2 (End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture).

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Governments, Stakeholders Discuss Alignment of SDGs and Paris Agreement [viewed]

can_unngls_wri_aid13 July 2016: At a side event during the 2016 session of the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), representatives of governments, civil society and academia discussed ways to integrate climate change and sustainable development planning, by looking at both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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