Multilateral Environmental Agreement Body

Event: UNCCD CRIC 15 [viewed]

The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) decided to convene a special session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC15) to discuss methodological questions relating to reporting. This special session of the CRIC will address enhancing synergies in national reporting requirements under the UNCCD, and the recently adopted Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), especially the Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) target.  

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Seven Biodiversity-related Conventions Discuss Strengthening Implementation, Synergies [viewed]

seven-biodiversity-related-conventions18 February 2016: Representatives of the Parties to seven biodiversity-related conventions held a workshop to explore ways to strengthen synergies and improve efficiency among the conventions, with a view to enhancing their implementation at all levels. The options and elements for a possible roadmap elaborated during the workshop will be submitted to the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in May 2016.

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UNCCD Announces WDCD Slogan, Highlights Links to Climate Action [viewed]

???????????????????????23 February 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the slogan for the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated on 17 June, will be ‘Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.' UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut thanked China for offering to host the global observance event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, highlighting the country's experience in “nursing degraded lands and man-made deserts back to health.”

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Event: World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) 2016 [viewed]

This year's World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) will take place under the slogan 'Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People'. The global observance event will take place in Beijing, China, and will be hosted by the State Forestry Administration of China. The event will showcase China's new development strategy, 'The Belt and Road,' which aims to strengthen cooperation to combat desertification and land degradation, primarily in Eurasia. During the celebrations, China will launch the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action to Combating Desertification Initiative' together with interested countries and stakeholders. WDCD 2016 activities will also seek to demonstrate how the target of Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) can be a critical element for achieving other sustainable development as well as climate goals.  

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Event: Eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity [viewed]

The eighth Trondheim Conference on Biodiversity will focus on 'Food systems for a sustainable future: interlinkages between biodiversity and agriculture,' with a view to identifying approaches for the achievement of mutually beneficial and sustainable outcomes, in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It will be hosted by the Government of Norway in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Bank.  

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CMS MOS2 Agrees to Protect 22 Additional Species of Sharks and Rays [viewed]

mos222 February 2016: At the Second Meeting of the Signatories (MOS2) to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conservation of Migratory Sharks of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), countries agreed to protect an additional 22 species of sharks and rays. The 22 species listed include five species of sawfish, three of thresher shark, nine species of mobula ray, the reef manta ray, the giant manta ray, the silky shark, the great hammerhead and the scalloped hammerhead.

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Event: Workshop on Policy Options for Improving Drought Resilience and Implications for Food Security: The Case of Ethiopia and Kenya [viewed]

This inception workshop is intended to kick start the project ‘Policy options for improving drought resilience and implications for food security: the case of Ethiopia and Kenya,' which will review progress and challenges and investigate how the international community can contribute. The workshop will introduce the research project and stimulate discussion on state of the art policy and priority issues in the context of drought resilience, combating land degradation and promoting food security in dry lands of the Horn of Africa. More specifically, the project will look at, inter alia: root causes of drought and food insecurity in the Horn of Africa; reasons for recurrent droughts in the region; the roles of state and non-state actors in containing drought-related food insecurity and associated negative impacts; and the roles of other factors, including ‘state fragility,' ‘land degradation' and ‘political setup' in mitigating or exacerbating drought impacts. The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat and the German Development Institute (DIE) are collaborating on the project.  

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Mediterranean Ministers Renew Commitment to Protect Marine Environment [viewed]

unep_map_4012 February 2016: Ministers from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union (EU) adopted the Athens Declaration, in which they pledge to protect biodiversity, manage coastal zones, increase resilience to climate change and prevent pollution from marine exploration, marine transport and land-based activities. The Declaration reaffirms Party commitments to implement the instruments of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols and the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). The Athens Declaration will be forwarded to the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

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Policy Update #18: Biodiversity and Land in the SDGs: A Forward-looking Review [viewed]

Now that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted and the pivotal year of 2015 has concluded, this policy update looks back on how natural resource issues, specifically land and biodiversity, are reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how this new and highly visible development platform aligns with and may influence intergovernmental discourse and action on existing biodiversity and land agendas.

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CBD Secretariat Releases Report of Working Group on LMO Risk Assessment [viewed]

CBDFebruary 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has released the report of the Ad hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management of Living Modified Organisms (LMOs). The AHTEG: revised the Guidance on Risk Assessment of LMOs based on comments received; considered whether guidance on additional issues could be incorporated into the existing guidance; updated the list of background documents to the Guidance; and developed a plan for further work.

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