Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Latin American and Caribbean Ministers Prepare for CBD COP 13, Call for Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

ministerial_forumApril 2016: In anticipation of the thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico, Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Environment have agreed to promote actions to mainstream biodiversity into productive sectors, and to implement regional and sub-regional plans to support implementation efforts. The region has also focused on efforts to promote forest restoration, with a CBD capacity-building workshop held in Bogotá, Colombia, and two publications supported by the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) designed to assist in restoring coastal forests in Mexico.

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Donors, Private Sector to Double Financial Support for Crop Genetic Resource Conservation [viewed]

crop_trust15 April 2016: Governments, international organizations and members of the private sector have pledged financial contributions to the Crop Endowment Trust Fund of the Global Crop Diversity Trust (the Crop Trust) that will lead to a doubling of the Trust's resources to support international gene banks and research aiming to conserve and sustainably use the world's plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA).

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Asia-Pacific Countries Take Action on Forestry, Freshwater Resources, Illegal Logging and Wildlife Trade [viewed]

asian_pacificApril 2016: Countries in Asia and the Pacific have engaged in a range of recent project activities and workshops that aim to promote forestry, biodiversity and coastal wetland conservation, ensure sufficient freshwater resources and address threats from illegal trade in wildlife, illegal logging and invasive alien species (IAS).

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First PrepCom on BBNJ Makes Progress on Instrument under UNCLOS [viewed]

BBNJ11 April 2016: The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 1) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) agreed on a number of procedural and substantial issues. The meeting marked the beginning of discussions on a formal process that is expected to lead to the adoption of a new UNCLOS implementing agreement on deep-sea biodiversity.

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UNEP-WCMC Report Identifies MEA Contributions Towards Achieving CBD Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

Unep-Wcmc31 March 2016: In order to identify potential areas for collaboration, the UN Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC) has prepared a report and database compiling guiding decisions adopted under biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) that support implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Aichi Biodiversity Targets.

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Ballast Water Management Forum Addresses Research and Development, Policy Issues [viewed]

imo-glo_ballast18 March 2016: Held from 16-18 March 2016, in Montreal, Canada, an international forum organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared knowledge and experience on treatment technologies and alternative methods for ballast water management, and discussed policy matters related to the control of invasive alien species.

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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 73 Ratifications [viewed]

CBDMarch 2016: Following recent ratifications by Togo, the UK and Senegal, the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reached 73 ratifications. In other news of relevance to the Nagoya Protocol, the CBD Secretariat has made available online the report of the expert group meeting on Article 10 of the Protocol, regarding a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.

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Event: Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights [viewed]

Suggested by the sixth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights will be hosted by Indonesia and co-sponsored by Norway. The meeting will be informed by a series of pre-consultations held back to back with other ITPGR meetings, and an electronic survey.  

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UNFCCC Reports on Technical Assessment Process for Forest Reference Levels [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report, titled 'Technical assessment process for proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels submitted by developing country Parties' (FCCC/SBSTA/2016/INF.2), which outlines challenges faced by the Secretariat in organizing and coordinating the annual technical assessment sessions, as well as steps taken to overcome them.

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CSO Reports Discuss SDG 14, EU Implementation, Rights Linkages [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)10 March 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutes and foundations have published commentary on the global indicator framework, among other topics. Recent papers, letters and statements: cite priorities for continued progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14; provide recommendations for the EU and Germany on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and present a dashboard that allows users to identify linkages between human rights and the SDGs. Other contributions focus on national reviews, world happiness rankings, and the green economy.

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