Outcome

COMIFAC Adopts 2013 Plan [viewed]

March 2013: The Commission des Forêts d'Afrique Central (COMIFAC) convened its annual planning meeting to adopt its 2013 plan. The meeting took place amidst concerns about financing for COMIFAC and its activities.

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Angola, Namibia and South Africa Sign Convention on Ocean Governance [viewed]

18 March 2013: Angola, Namibia and South Africa have signed the Benguela Current Convention, which establishes the first global multilateral Commission to apply the Large Marine Ecosystem (LME) approach to ocean governance. The agreement creates a permanent inter-governmental institution responsible for promoting the long-term conservation and sustainable use of the Benguela Current Large Marine Ecosystem (BCLME), an ocean area extending from Port Elizabeth in South Africa to the province of Cabinda in the north of Angola.

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High-Level Meeting Sends Water Outcomes to HLP, OWG [viewed]

22 March 2013: The High-Level Meeting of the Global Thematic Consultation on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda took place from 21-22 March 2013, in The Hague, the Netherlands. The meeting included a Multi-Stakeholder Dialogue on Water in the Post-2015 Development Agenda, also called “Wings for Water,” and celebration of International World Water Day on the theme of water cooperation.

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution on UNEP Governing Council Designation [viewed]

14 March 2013: During a plenary meeting on 13 March 2013, the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a draft resolution that changes the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council to the "United Nations Environment Assembly of UNEP."

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CITES CoP 16 Closes with Renewed Commitment to Halt Species' Decline and Wildlife Crime [viewed]

15 March 2013: The sixteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP 16) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) adopted 55 new listing proposals, saw the first global meeting of wildlife enforcement networks and adopted measures to address wildlife crime.

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AMCOW Consultation Recommends Water Goal and Targets for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

1 March 2013: An African regional consultation on water in the post-2015 framework has resulted in the “Tunis Outcome Document for the Water Sector Post-2015 Thematic Consultations,” a common African position on water. In the outcome document, participants call for a stand-alone goal on water in the post-2015 agenda. The consultation took place on 1 March 2013, in Tunis, Tunisia, convened by the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW).

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South Africa Hosts Workshop on Biodiversity Information Systems [viewed]

28 February 2013: The South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI), as a contribution towards the objectives of the Consortium of Scientific Partners on Biodiversity, hosted an international workshop on building a biodiversity information system for South Africa that could be also be applied in other African countries.

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FAO Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance Adopted [viewed]

FAO28 February 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has reported that countries have adopted the Voluntary Guidelines for Flag State Performance, thereby contributing to efforts to address illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing (IUU). The guidelines were adopted following five years of consensus-building among FAO member countries.

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IGAD Secretariat Operationalizes Regional Drought Resilience Platform [viewed]

25 February 2013: The first General Assembly of the Regional Platform on Drought Resilience and Sustainability has adopted a communiqué setting out next steps in operationalizing the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Regional Platform for Drought Disaster Resilience and Sustainability, including the approval of US$140.52 million for phase 1 of the IGAD Drought Resilience and Sustainable Livelihood Programme.

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First Universal UNEP GC Adopts Decisions on IPBES and Water Quality Guidelines for Ecosystems [viewed]

25 February 2013: The 27th session of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC27/GMEF) convened in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18-22 February 2013. This was the first Universal Session of the GC following the decision of the UN General Assembly to strengthen and upgrade UNEP, as called for in the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20 or UNCSD) outcome document.

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