Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

UN-REDD Reports on 2014 Activities [viewed]

unreddJune 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released its 'Sixth Consolidated Annual Progress Report,' which covers the Programme's achievements in 2014. Overall, the report notes that in 2014, 56 countries participated as partner countries with US$47.8 million in funding allocated to activities in 2014.

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Event: CITES CoP17 [viewed]

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

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ITPGR Secretariat Circulates Outcomes of Benefit-Sharing Fund-Supported Project in Northern India [viewed]

ITPGR19 June 2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has reported on the outcomes of 'Seeds for Life,' a project in Northern India supported by the Treaty's Benefit-Sharing Fund. The report highlights yield improvements in rice and wheat agriculture, development of resilient crop varieties, and conservation of such varieties on-farm and in local seed banks.

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ITTO-CITES Partnership Targets Tropical Timber [viewed]

ITTO CITESJune 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) released a newsletter update on their partnership for the implementation of the listing of tropical tree species. The newsletter states that 40 new activities were approved under the second phase of the partnership.

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IWC Scientific Committee Meeting Features Discussions on Humpback Whale Recovery [viewed]

iwc19 June 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has released its Scientific Committee meeting report highlighting scientific reports on the recovery of humpback whales in the southern hemisphere, progress on the management of aboriginal whaling, by-catch challenges posed by fishing gear to vaquita and dolphin populations, and a collaboration with New Zealand on Hector's and Māui dolphins.

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CBD Secretariat Analyzes Status of Biodiversity in Post-2015 Zero Draft [viewed]

CBD19 June 2015: As an annex to a notification dated 19 June 2015, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated an 'Analysis of the Status of Biodiversity in the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post- 2015 Development Agenda.' The analysis highlights the extent to which the role of biodiversity for sustainable development is included in the zero draft, how the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and how national-level commitments might relate to the global aspirations of the SDGs.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Report of the Twelfth Meeting of Biosafety Protocol Compliance Committee [viewed]

CBD16 June 2015: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the twelfth session of the Compliance Committee of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, including the Committee's assessment of the outcomes of the seventh Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol (COP-MOP 7), its review of compliance based on information from the Biosafety Clearing-house (BCH), and the Committee's input to the third assessment and review of the Protocol and the mid-term review of its Strategic Plan 2011-2020.

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Montpellier Declaration Urges Coordinated Action on Climate Change, Land Degradation [viewed]

desertifactions13 June 2015: More than 300 participants from 57 countries attending Désertif'actions 2015 (D'a15) - an international civil society forum on combating desertification and land degradation - adopted the Montpellier Declaration, highlighting the “undeniable link” between land degradation, sustainable development and international stability, “in a context of present and future impacts of global warming.”

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Third Meeting of ITPGR High-Level Task Force Focuses on Resource Mobilization for Continued Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

ITPGR9 June 2015: The High-Level Task Force of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) held its third meeting on 9 June 2015, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), to discuss ways to enhance resource mobilization.

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World Desertification Day 2015 Showcases Champions of Land Restoration [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: The global observance event for the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which took place in Milan, Italy, on 17 June as part of the ongoing UN EXPO Milano, featured high-level speakers, visual and verbal testimonies from community representatives and well-known personalities, and a live music show by the Senegalese band, Titi & Baribagass. The celebrations recognized the 2015 winners of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) 'Land for Life Award' and international short-writing and cartoon contests, as well as 34 new National Drylands Champions from Brazil and Portugal.

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