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CITES Workshop Addresses Illegal Ivory Trade, Speculation [viewed]

cites28 January 2015: An expert workshop brought together experts and specialists to discuss demand-side strategies for addressing illegal ivory trade in China, and increase their awareness of the negative consequences of ivory speculation. The workshop was co-organized by China and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).

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Event: Second Training Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping for Eastern and Southern Africa [viewed]

This is the second of two events organized by the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), with the support of the European Commission, to follow up on priorities identified during launch workshops for the African Soil Partnership held in Accra, Ghana and Nairobi, Kenya in 2013. One of the common gaps identified during the workshops was the need to improve the availability of updated soil data and information for supporting decision taking in relation to soil management. Capacity development in this area was therefore identified as a priority in the region. This event is being organized as part of the International Year of Soils 2015.  

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Event: Land Quality Conference 2015 [viewed]

This conference, organized under the auspices of the International Year of Soils 2015, aims to facilitate the exchange of information and views among scientists and stakeholders involved in land resources research, land management and land-use policy planning. It also aims to provide a platform to review progress in the development of land information, land registries, land-use planning and related services based on land quality at different levels, from farm to global. Events being organized during the conference include the 'Sino-EU Panel on Land and Soil' and the scientific meeting of the Danube Land and Soil Nexus of the European Union.  

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Five European Countries Urge Banning Microplastics [viewed]

UNEP16 January 2015: Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden issued a joint call to ban the use of microplastics in personal care products, with the aim of protecting marine ecosystems, including seafood, from contamination. The countries forwarded their joint statement on eliminating microplastics in cosmetic and detergents to the European Union's (EU) environment ministers.

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Event: Global Conference on a Transformative Agenda for Official Statistics [viewed]

This conference, jointly organized by the United Nations Statistics Division (UNSD) and the Statistical Office of the European Communities (EUROSTAT), seeks to respond to the increased demand for detailed and timely data to monitor progress on the post-2015 development agenda goals and targets. The conference will discuss, inter alia: the innovations in data collection, dissemination, access and analytics; means of implementation; and a framework on a transformative strategy for the global statistical system in support of the post-2015 development agenda. The event is organized as a High-Level Forum of official statisticians with the purpose to seek a broad consensus on the strategic agenda for statistics to be considered during the 46th Session of the Statistical Commission in March 2015.  

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UNECE Water Convention Parties Discuss Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

UNECE16 December 2014: The Core Group on Reporting under the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes concluded its first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, which reviewed and compared reporting mechanisms of relevance under other international agreements.

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December 2014 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

Climate Finance Update19 December 2014: During December 2014, finance for climate change mitigation and adaptation projects was announced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank. Germany, Norway and the UK also reported on funding for projects to be undertaken in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF), the Climate Investment Funds (CIF), the GEF and IDB released climate-related publications.

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UNGA Adopts Sustainable Fisheries Resolution, Defers Text on Oceans and UNCLOS [viewed]

unga699 December 2014: The 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) adopted a resolution on sustainable fisheries that calls on States to assess and address the impacts of climate change and ocean acidification on fish stocks and habitats. The UNGA deferred action on a draft text on oceans and the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

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EU Parliament Outlines Priorities for Post-2015 Development Agenda [viewed]

europeanparliament27 November 2014: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution defining its collective priorities for the post-2015 development agenda. Priorities include ending poverty and fighting inequalities, a human rights-based approach, and a variety of social, economic, and environmental development issues.

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Agroforestry in the DRC May Enhance Protected Areas [viewed]

cifor-icrafEU-SE4ALL28 November 2014: Recognizing that actions outside protected areas can impact conservation efforts within them, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) and the EU are partnering with the Government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to support research on forests surrounding Virunga National Park.

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