Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

SC66 Addresses Compliance and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Advance of CITES CoP17 [viewed]

cites15 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC66) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) discussed a long agenda to advance the conservation and sustainable use of fauna and flora, and address wildlife crime.

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Event: ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016 will focus on the theme, ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development'. The conference will discuss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) progress on implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including identification of areas where additional efforts are needed to achieve the Aichi Targets. Over 500 participants are expected to share their experiences in meeting the targets and showcase innovative policies and practices. The meeting will also discuss: access and benefit sharing (ABS); climate change and biodiversity; health and biodiversity; and financing for biodiversity conservation in the ASEAN region, including through the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund. It will include a soft launch of the Second Edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook, which will provide a mid-term report on the progress of ASEAN member States on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The conference will also include a ‘Business and Biodiversity Forum' with representatives from the private sector discussing the link between business and biodiversity.  

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Event: Central and Eastern European Workshop on the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will discuss issues and challenges relating to the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the implementation of obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for Parties from the Central and Eastern European Region.  

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Event: Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to review the status of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the African Region. Participants will also discuss: tools, strategies and opportunities to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans; strategies for mobilizing additional resources for implementation; and measures to implement the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and potential challenges to the ratification of the Supplementary Protocol.  

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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management will review comments submitted by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on the Guidance on Risk Assessment and Management and prepare text-based suggestions for changes to the Guidance. Participants will also update background documentation for the Guidance.  

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CITES SC66 Opens, Focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites11 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) has opened in Geneva, Switzerland. Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway, emphasized the busy agenda and highlighted some of CITES' successes as well as key international developments: stronger alliances with other organizations; UN General Assembly resolution 69/314 on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife; and the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands Establish Wadden Sea as Transboundary Ramsar Site [viewed]

RamsarDecember 2015: The Secretariat of the Ramsar Convention has welcomed a request from the Governments of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands to recognize the Wadden Sea as a transboundary Ramsar site.

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INTERPOL Highlights Operation Worthy II Outcomes and Tiger Crime Strategy [viewed]

interpol21 December 2015: INTERPOL announced that Operation Worthy II, supported by its Project Wisdom, resulted in 376 arrests, the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn and the investigation of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade in Africa. The Operation took place from January to October 2015 across 11 African countries.

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Event: 39th Session of IFAD's Governing Council [viewed]

The 39th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will meet under the theme ‘Inclusive investment - Rural people, state and business in the post-2015 agenda'. The meeting has on its agenda, inter alia: the election of the Governing Council's Bureau; a statement of IFAD's President and general statements; the report of the Tenth Replenishment of IFAD's Resources; consolidated financial statements of IFAD for 2014; IFAD's 2016 results-based programme of work and regular and capital budgets, the Independent Office of Evaluation of IFAD's results-based work programme and budget for 2016 and indicative plan for 2017-2018; the Global Mechanism of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD); emoluments of the President; and an update on the Ad Hoc Working Group on Governance. The IFAD Governing Council, which meets annually, is the Fund's principal Governing Body.  

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Event: 2nd Meeting of Signatories to the Migratory Sharks MOU [viewed]

The 2nd meeting of Signatories (MOS2) to the Migratory Sharks Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will review proposals to amend the MOU, the programme of work, partnerships and national reporting, among other issues. Two additional meetings will be held at the same venue on the margins of MOS2. From 12-13 February, the first meeting of the Advisory Committee to the MOU will be held. On 14 February, an informal, open-ended meeting of the Intersessional Working Group of the MOU, to advance discussions on the draft Rules of Procedure (open to all MOU Signatories) will be held.  

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