Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

SPREP Releases Pacific Environment and Climate Change Outlook for 2012 [viewed]

SPREP30 November 2012: A new report by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) demonstrates increasing environmental and economic pressures on Pacific islands due to climate change, which it projects to possibly cost low-lying islands as much as 18% of their GDP.

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Event: CBD Southest Asia Workshop on Reflecting the GSPC in NBSAPs [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in collaboration with Botanic Gardens Conservation International and Singapore Botanical Gardens, with financial support from Japan, this workshop will focus on the need for and approaches towards reflecting national plant conservation targets established under the Global Strategy for Plant Conservation (GSPC) in national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).  

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India, Fiji and Ethiopia Ratify ABS Protocol [viewed]

CBD20 November 2012: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reported that India ratified the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the CBD in October 2012, during the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 11) to the CBD. Fiji and Ethiopia also acceded to the Protocol, on 24 October and 16 November 2012, respectively.

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UNFCCC Releases Submissions on the New Market Mechanism [viewed]

UNFCCC26 November 2012: The UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG LCA) released additional submissions from Cyprus and the European Commission (EC) on behalf of the EU and its member States and Papua New Guinea on views on the new market based mechanism.

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UNFCCC Executive Secretary Calls for Speeding Up Global Action to a Low-emission Future [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2012: Prior to its opening, UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres said the UN Climate Change Conference in Doha, Qatar, must deliver on objectives to speed up global action towards a low-emission future where everyone has the chance of a sustainable life.

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UNFF Officials Brief on Structure, Goals of AHEG 2 [viewed]

19 November 2012: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) held a briefing on preparations for the second meeting of the Ad Hoc Expert Group on Forest Financing (AHEG 2,) taking place from 14-18 January 2013, in Vienna, Austria. The briefing also included information on UNFF's 10th meeting (UNFF 10), to be held in April 2013, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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UNFCCC Newsletter Features Doha Climate Change Negotiations [viewed]

UNFCCC21 November 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat's 32nd Newsletter focuses on the Doha Climate Change Conference, which is being held from 26 November - 7 December in Doha, Qatar. The newsletter features section on adaptation, mitigation, finance, technology and updates on the Ad Hoc Working Groups (AWGs).

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Ramsar Seeks Applications for Secretary-General Post [viewed]

21 November 2012: The Ramsar Convention on Wetlands is seeking to appoint a new Secretary General. The position is currently occupied by Tiéga Anada, whose contract finishes in July 2013.

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CITES, UNEP Support Anti-Wildlife Smuggling Training [viewed]

22 November: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has supported, together with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in Australia and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), courses on preventing wildlife smuggling for law enforcement officers working along the Cambodia - Viet Nam border.

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Marine Meeting Discusses Tools to Improve Biodiversity Protection [viewed]

UN Decade on Biodiversity16 November 2012:  An international meeting on marine and coastal biodiversity was held in Brest, France, on 13-14 November, 2012, as a contribution to the UN Decade for Biodiversity (2011-2020), with a focus on interactions between the development of marine territories and biodiversity.

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