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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Event: Our Global Commons: An International Dialogue [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are hosting an International Dialogue on the Global Commons, taking place in Washington DC, US, from 12-13 October 2016. This invitation-only event, preceded by a “Science Day” on October 11, is supported by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Stockholm Resilience Centre, World Resources Institute and the World Economic Forum. It will gather leaders, experts and innovative thinkers to review new scientific assessments and discuss transformative solutions to rethink the global commons and the risks and opportunities they represent to a prosperous, but crowded, planet.  

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BWM Convention Will Enter Into Force in 2017 [viewed]

IMO8 September 2016: The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Convention's entry into force is expected to minimize the spread of invasive aquatic species (IAS) via ships' ballast water, thereby enhancing protection of the marine environment, biodiversity conservation and standardized approaches for industry.

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Conservation Organizations Announce ‘Key Biodiversity Areas' Partnership [viewed]

iucn3 September 2016: At the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC), 11 conservation organizations announced a partnership to identify, map, monitor and conserve Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) with a US$15 million commitment over the next five years. IUCN launched a related Global Standard for the Identification of KBAs, which is expected to contribute to the achievement of the biodiversity-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Convention on Biodiversity (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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Heads of Biodiversity Conventions Discuss Synergies, SDG Implementation [viewed]

CMS24 August 2016: The 11th regular meeting of the Liaison Group of Biodiversity-related Conventions (BLG) took stock of the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) and discussed the preparation and possible outcomes of upcoming international environmental meetings. The BLG aims to enhance coordination and synergies and share information across the seven global biodiversity-related conventions.

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Mitigation Update: Sustainable Energy Systems Examined, Mexico to Launch ETS Pilot [viewed]

mitigation_update17 August 2016: Recent weeks have brought news about our energy system as it grows and changes. A report on integrating solar and wind into the grid calls for taking whole system value into account. Kenya's counties are preparing and planning for sustainable energy systems, and solutions in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector are being highlighted. This Update also includes news on two approaches to mitigating greenhouse gases (GHGs) – through emissions trading in Mexico and peatlands in Mongolia.

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Event: International Snow Leopard Day [viewed]

Events across the world are being organized to celebrate International Snow Leopard Day. The Day commemorates the adoption by all snow leopard range countries of the 'Bishkek Declaration,' as well as the Global Snow Leopard and Ecosystem Protection Program (GSLEP), on 23 October 2013, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. As part of the celebrations, on Friday, 21 October, there will be a High-level panel event held at UN Headquarters in New York, US. This event, organized by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), GSLEP Secretariat and Kyrgyzstan, will: commemorate the Day; re-enforce GSLEP collaboration and synergies; highlight innovative programming, partnerships and progress on the ground; and strengthen political support and commitment for ongoing and new GSLEP initiatives, including the Global Presidential Summit in Bishkek planned for the summer of 2017.  

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International Tiger Day Urges Action to Protect Remaining 3,000 Wild Tigers [viewed]

international_tiger_day29 July 2016: On International Tiger Day, UN entities called for urgent action to combat illegal trade in wildlife and to protect tigers. As part of its 2016 ‘Wild for Life' campaign, the UN reiterated its call for everyone to stop wildlife trafficking and crime.

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July 2016 Climate Finance Update: Meetings Call for Access, Mobilization, Scaling Up [viewed]

july2016_finance1 August 2016: During the month of July, a number of high-level meetings highlighted the need for enhanced focus on climate finance. Resilience and disaster recovery projects in Asia and Africa received new financing. Climate funds launched calls for readiness and private sector support projects, and a number of entities reported on lessons learned from climate finance in agriculture, forests, gender mainstreaming and regional resilience investment planning.

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Terrestrial Ecosystems Finance Update: GEF Council Approves Work Program and Projects, Forest Finance in Focus [viewed]

terrestial_ecosystem_finance19 July 2016: Over recent months, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council and the governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIFs) met, adopting forest-related initiatives, including some of relevance to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). This Update covers these and other meetings related to the financing of activities on terrestrial ecosystems, as well as recent projects and publications in this area.

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