Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Climate Action 2016 Event Builds Momentum to Implement Paris Agreement [viewed]

climate_action20166 May 2016: Two weeks after the Paris Agreement on climate change was opened for signature, an estimated 700 representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments and the private sector gathered in Washington, DC, for “Climate Action 2016,” to continue building momentum and partnerships for global action to address climate change. The two-day event involved keynote speeches and round table discussions in which participants discussed the challenges and opportunities to turn the “intended” nationally determined contributions (INDCs) developed under the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) into “implemented” NDCs.

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CITES Parties Submit Proposals and Amendments in Advance of CoP17 [viewed]

cites_cop17May 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published the measures, including resolutions and proposals to amend the CITES Appendices, slated to be discussed during the forthcoming seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention.

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Selection of Future UNEP, UNFCCC Leaders Announced [viewed]

unep_unfccc3 May 2016: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has announced his intention to appoint Patricia Espinosa (Mexico) as the next Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), and Erik Solheim (Norway) as the Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

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Event: 2016 Caux Dialogue on Land and Security [viewed]

Coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the Caux-Initiatives of Change Foundation, the fourth Caux Dialogue will address the theme of ‘Realizing the potential of land restoration to mitigate migration'. According to research by the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, around 25% of the world's productive lands and 10-20% of drylands are currently degraded, which contributes to increased migration and conflicts over natural resources. Drawing on the experiences of “pioneers” from around the world who are developing solutions based on trust-building and agro-ecological insights to boost land restoration, the conference will explore how innovative governance and sustainable land management can contribute to “a durable peace” in these environments. The conference is co-organized by Caux-Initiatives for Change, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and will include keynote addresses by William Lacy Swing, Director-General of the International Organization of Migration, and Mario Gattiker, State Secretary in the Swiss Federal Office of Immigration, Integration and Emigration. The conference will also feature the launch of the book, ‘Land restoration: Reclaiming landscapes for a sustainable future'.  

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CBD SBSTTA 20 Adopts Recommendations on Mainstreaming Biodiversity, Ecosystem Restoration and EBSAs [viewed]

sbstta2030 April 2016: Delegates at the 20th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted 15 recommendations.

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UNCCD, GM Publications Discuss Land Restoration and SDG Achievement [viewed]

unccd_gm28 April 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and its operational arm, the Global Mechanism (GM), have published three booklets showcasing partnerships on the restoration of degraded land, a cornerstone of the Convention's implementation within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The booklets are titled: 'A Natural Fix: A Joined-Up Approach to Delivering the Global Goals for Sustainable Development;' 'Land Degradation Neutrality: The Target-Setting Programme;' and 'The Great Green Wall: Hope for the Sahel and the Sahara.'

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UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action [viewed]

UNFF27 April 2016: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has held the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG1). The Expert Group, created during UNFF11, is tasked with developing: proposals on a replacement for the reference to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the UN Forest Instrument with an appropriate reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030; and the quadrennial programme of work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.

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April 2016 Climate Finance Update: Key Meetings Mobilize Action, Adaptation Put under the Spotlight [viewed]

climate_finance_april_20161 May 2016: In the Paris Agreement, agreed upon by 195 UN Member States in December 2015, countries agreed to make “finance flows consistent with a pathway towards low greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and climate-resilient development.” Developing countries will receive financial resources for both mitigation and adaptation actions, while developed countries are expected to continue to lead in mobilizing climate finance from a variety of sources, with public funds playing a significant role in reaching the previously agreed US$100 billion annual target by 2020. Monthly IIDS RS Climate Finance Updates aim to help track multilateral financing to support the finance goal agreed under the UNFCCC, which will in turn contribute to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 13 (Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts).

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GSP ITPS Finalizes Draft Voluntary Guidelines on Soil Management, Plans for Monitoring Soil-related SDGs [viewed]

gsp_itps_fao21 April 2016: The 5th working session of the Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) finalized the draft ‘Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management (VGSSM),' planned for implementation of the first Status of the World's Soil Resources Report (SWSR), and reviewed ongoing efforts to develop indicators to monitor progress on soil-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In other events held in March 2016, GSP partners elaborated regional implementation plans for the Eurasian and European Soil Partnerships.

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FAO Report Provides Guidance on ABS Elements for GRFA [viewed]

abs_elementApril 2016: The Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a report on the Elements to Facilitate Domestic Implementation of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) for Different Subsectors of GRFA (‘ABS Elements'). The report aims to support governments considering legislative, administrative or policy measures for ABS to take into account the importance of GRFA, their special role in food security and the features of the subsectors of GRFA while complying with international ABS instruments.

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