Announcement / Statement

CITES and UNESCO Call for Stakeholders to Strengthen Ties to Fight Poaching [viewed]

unesco-cites9 August 2013: Irina Bokova, Director-General, UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and John Scanlon, Secretary-General, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), have released a joint statement on the impacts of recent and escalating poaching in West and Central Africa. Poaching, they write, is transforming living forests into deserted spaces and causing immeasurable damage.

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CBD Calls for Contributions to Civil Society Newsletter [viewed]

CBD5 August 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) seeks contributions from members of civil society and indigenous and local community organizations for the eighth issue of the CBD newsletter for civil society, titled '[square brackets],' which is scheduled for publication in October 2013.

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Reports of Intersessional Committee Meetings [viewed]

ITPGRJuly 2013: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has circulated the reports of the resumed fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Technical Advisory Committee on the standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) and the Multilateral System (MLS), the resumed seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Committee on the Funding Strategy and the first meeting of the Compliance Committee.

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UN Names Next UNEP Deputy Executive Director [viewed]

z_ibrahim_thiaw2 August 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed Ibrahim Thiaw (Mauritania) as Deputy Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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CIFOR Places a Quarter of Recent Indonesian Forest Fires in Industrial Plantations [viewed]

cifor-icraf30 July 2013: The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) released a blog post on the sources of the June 2013 forest fires in Indonesia, noting that almost a quarter of them occurred in industrial plantations.

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Incoming President Outlines Priorities for UNGA 68 [viewed]

John-Ashe10 July 2013: John Ashe, the incoming President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), has outlined six priorities for the 68th session. In a statement to the Pacific Regional Preparatory Meeting for the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), Ashe said UNGA 68 will focus on: the role of women, youth and civil society; human rights and the rule of law; South-South, Triangular cooperation and information and communications technology (ICT) for development; the role of partnerships; ensuring peaceful societies; and water, sanitation and sustainable development.

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ICCWC Wildlife Support Team Sent to Sri Lanka [viewed]

ICCWC deploys a Wildlife25 July 2013: The International Consortium on Combatting Wildlife Crime (ICCWC), at the request of Sri Lanka, deployed its first Wildlife Incident Support Team (WIST), with the goal of collecting DNA samples from 359 elephant tusks seized by local customs authorities.

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World Bank Calls for Comments on Forest Action Plan Concept Note [viewed]

World Bank21 July 2013: The World Bank has issued a call for comments on the concept note for its Forests and Trees in a Sustainable Landscape Action Plan covering the period from 2014 through 2016. Public comments will be accepted until 15 September 2013.

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US Leads Stakeholder Dialogues on CBFP Roadmap [viewed]

cbfp22 July 2013: The Congo Basin Forest Partnership (CBFP) reported on the multi-stakeholder consultation held throughout the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in order to enhance participation in and ownership of the 2013-2015 CBFP roadmap. This consultation was part of a sub-regional tour of the United States CBFP Facilitation Team, which assumed the role of CBFP Facilitator, a two year rotating position, in July 2013.

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CITES Assists Five Caribbean Countries with Legislative Reforms [viewed]

CITESJuly 2013: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) announced that they undertook back-to-back legislative assistance missions to Dominica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Grenada and Trinidad and Tobago from 10-21 June 2013.

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