Announcement / Statement

Suriname Becomes 68th Party to ITTA [viewed]

ITTO logo7 March 2014: Suriname has announced its accession to the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006), becoming the 68th Party to join the Agreement, which is focused on ensuring the sustainable management of tropical timber.

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Kyrgyzstan Joins CMS as 120th Member State [viewed]

CMS7 March 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) announced that Kyrgyzstan has deposited the instrument of accession to the Convention. The accession will be effective 1 May 2014. 

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ITPGR Launches Work on Measures to Enhance Benefit-sharing [viewed]

ITPGR26 February 2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) is inviting parties to submit relevant information for studies on enhancing the function of the Multilateral System of Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS).

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First-ever World Wildlife Day Celebrated [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2014: World Wildlife Day was recognized by the UN as a day for the international community to celebrate wildlife, its relationship with people, and to find pathways for a sustainable future where people and wildlife can coexist harmoniously. The first-ever World Wildlife Day is being celebrated on 3 March 2014. 

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World Bank Announces Finance for Indonesian Coral Reef Conservation [viewed]

World Bank - GEF21 February 2014: The World Bank has announced a US$47.38 million project loan focused on the rehabilitation of Indonesia's coral reefs. This financing is the last tranche of a three-phase program that began in 1998. The loan is supplemented by a US$10 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Indonesia has also pledged US$5.74 million for the 5-year project. 

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Guest Article #32: Making ABS Systems Work at the National Level [viewed]

The Third Meeting of the Open-ended Ad Hoc Intergovernmental Committee for the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ICNP 3) is scheduled to be held in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the 24-28 February 2014. The meeting comes at a crucial time; when momentum for a speedy entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) has picked up, with close to thirty countries ratifying/acceding to the Protocol.

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OWG Co-Chairs Compile 19 'Focus Areas' [viewed]

owg21 February 2014: The Co-Chairs of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have assembled a list of 19 'Focus Areas' for consideration by Member States as they seek to identify SDGs and accompanying targets. In a letter accompanying the Focus Areas, released on 21 February 2014, Macharia Kamau (Kenya) and Csaba Kőrösi (Hungary) write that further action in these areas is necessary to build "prosperous, peaceful and resilient societies that also protect the planet."

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World Wildlife Day Website Launched [viewed]

wildlifeday21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has announced the launch of the website developed for the occasion of World Wildlife Day. 

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Iraq Joins CITES [viewed]

CITES21 February 2014: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that Iraq has joined CITES as its 180th party. 

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UNCCD Invites Nominations for Science-Policy Interface [viewed]

UNCCD logoFebruary 2014: The Secretariat of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has invited nominations for its Science-Policy Interface (SPI). Nominations are requested by 6 April 2014.

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