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Guest Article #48: CITES - 40 Years of International Cooperation and National Action[viewed]

CITES was the third global environmental agreement to be adopted in the early 1970's, signed in Washington DC, US on 3 March 1973 – and 3 March is now celebrated each year as UN World Wildlife Day. It was, however, the first such global agreement to enter into force on 1 July 1975, some six months earlier than the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands and the World Heritage Convention.

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Policy Update #11: Unraveling the International Framework on Marine Pollution and Oceanic Conservation[viewed]

The Earth's oceans are vast and complex ecosystems, and the legal framework for protecting them is similarly intricate, involving numerous international agreements. To support understanding of oceanic conservation mechanisms, InforMEA, a project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Information and Knowledge Management Initiative, has created an e-course focusing on the international legal framework on marine pollution. It helps users to wade through a complicated governance “oceanscape” through the lens of agreements on marine pollution.

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June 2015 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of June, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, the Adaptation Fund, the World Agroforestry Centre, the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the Global Environment Facility (the GEF), the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) DTU Partnership reported on climate finance projects and other related news. ADB, AfDB, GCF, the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Partnership for Market Readiness (PMR), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the UNEP Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and launched publications.

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FAO Publishes Annual Yearbook of Forest Products[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published its 67th edition of the 'FAO Yearbook of Forest Products,' which contains annual data on production and trade in forest products for the years 2009-2013.

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ITPGR Benefit-Sharing Project in India Identifies Climate-Resilient Crop Varieties[viewed]

The Benefit-Sharing Fund of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has supported a project across several states in Northern India, with focus on screening varieties of rice and other crops for climate resilience and storing the material in newly established seed banks. The project was implemented by the civil society organization Gene Campaign, in collaboration with Bioversity International and with the participation of 25,000 farmers.

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GSDR 2015: Improved Science Needed for Sustainable Development Decision-Making[viewed]

The 2015 Global Sustainable Development Report (GSDR) underscores the importance of science in guiding policy decisions for sustainable development. The report, called for by the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), provides a survey of scientific findings on oceans and livelihoods, sustainable consumption and production (SCP), disaster risk reduction (DRR), industrialization and the use of big data in Africa, among other issues.

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US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change[viewed]

During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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WHO/UNICEF Report: Limited Progress on Sanitation Threatens Gains from Improved Water Sources [viewed]

Lack of progress on sanitation threatens to undermine health and survival gains from access to improved drinking water sources, finds a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children's Fund (UNICEF). The report's findings underscore the importance of focusing on inequalities to ensure that the poorest make progress.

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State of the World's Forests 2014 Presented at COFO[viewed]

The publication, 'State of the World's Forests 2014: Enhancing the socio-economic benefits from forests,' (SOFO), was presented at the opening of the 22nd Session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Committee on Forestry (COFO).

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40th Anniversary of CITES Focuses on Sharks[viewed]

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora marked its 40th birthday with a focus on sharks, announcing the release of two publications.

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