Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

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: Third Meeting of Parties to the CMS Gorilla Agreement [viewed]

The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda, leading to the postponement of the Grasp Council meeting as well as the GA MOP3 from 21-24 November 2016 to 2017.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [viewed]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council, which is to be held in parallel to the third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) of the Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), was postponed from 21-24 November 2016 to 2017. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which physically hosts the GRASP Secretariat, is currently revising its Biodiversity commitments and it was felt the process could impact the GRASP Council agenda. The GRASP Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by UNEP and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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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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IPBES Announces Co-Chairs for Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

ipbes15 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the Co-Chairs of the 'Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.' The Assessment will be led by Sandra Díaz, National University of Córdoba and National Research Council of Argentina; Eduardo S. Brondízio, Indiana University, U.S.; and Josef Settele, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany.

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Indigenous Peoples' Day Focuses on Education Needs [viewed]

un_pfii_unesco_undp_wipo_cbd_unwomen9 August 2016: On the 2016 International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, UN leaders called for improving indigenous children's access to education, emphasizing the need for textbooks and instruction to be available in minority languages, and for cultural identity to be respected. The UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) enshrines the right of indigenous peoples to education: Article 14 states that indigenous peoples have “the right to establish and control their educational systems and institutions…in a manner appropriate to their cultural methods of teaching and learning."

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UNESCO, IUCN Propose Protecting ABNJ Sites with World Heritage Status [viewed]

iucn_unesco443 August 2016: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have released a report that explores how world heritage status may be applied to floating rainforests, sunken coral islands and undersea volcanoes in the world's oceans. The report considers three options for expanding the World Heritage Convention to protect sites situated in marine areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ).

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CGRFA Releases Reports of ITWGs on Forest, Plant and Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture [viewed]

CGRFAAugust 2016: The Secretariat of the Commission on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) has released the reports of recent meetings of its Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on the Commission's work in different subsectors of genetic resources for food and agriculture. The reports cover the Fourth Session of the ITWG on Forest Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-FGR), the Eighth Session of the ITWG on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-PGR), and the Ninth Session of the ITWG on Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITWG-AnGR).

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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems Releases Annual Report [viewed]

CGIAR2 August 2016: The 2015 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Dryland Systems, which is titled ‘Towards Sustainable Livelihood in Drylands,' highlights improvements to the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people in 2015. It further notes that the scientific evidence, tools and practices generated through Dryland Systems' integrated systems approach to agricultural research helped to shape global policies to mitigate land and resource degradation “in three billion hectares of drylands.”

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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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