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Third BioTrade Congress Discusses Sustainable Business, Nagoya Protocol [viewed]

unctad.cbd12 October 2014: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized its third BioTrade Congress under the theme, 'Promoting Sustainable use through Business Engagement.' The Congress sought to identify tools for fostering the sustainable use and sourcing of biodiversity-based products and services, and highlighted best practices and offered recommendations for activities in a range of industries, including cosmetics, traditional medicine, fashion design and tourism.

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Guest Article #38: Innovations Around Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) [viewed]

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) is set to enter into force on 12 October 2014, and the first Conference of Parties serving as Meeting of Parties to the Protocol (COP MOP 1) will be held from 13-17 October 2014 in South Korea. The Protocol has somewhat set a record in terms of the length of time it took to establish a legally binding framework to deal with implementation of Article 15 of the CBD, which came into force on 29 December 1993.

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BIP Releases Aichi Targets Passport Smartphone App [viewed]

bip10 October 2014: The Biodiversity Indicators Partnership (BIP) has announced that the 2014 edition of the Aichi Targets Passport is available as an application (app) for smartphones. The app allows users to navigate quickly through the Passport, which provides an annual update of progress under the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020.

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FAO Launches Software for Forest Monitoring [viewed]

FAO10 October 2014: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) announced the launch of Open Foris, a suite of open source software tools to monitor forest inventory. Piloted in ten countries, the tools allow for data entry on smart phones or tablets.

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UN Crime Convention COP Highlights Impacts of Rhinoceros Poaching [viewed]

UNODC9 October 2014: The Seventh Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime met to discuss the many facets of global crime, including new forms of transnational organized crime focused on the trafficking of people, human organs, and wildlife as well as forest crime. The Conference featured an exhibit on rhinoceros poaching.

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UNEP, Partners Offset CBD COP 12 Emissions [viewed]

unep-cbd7 October 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), together with several partners, has launched an initiative aimed at reducing the carbon footprint of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). A dedicated ‘Carbon Offsetting Fund' will operate though 17 October, seeking to encourage conference participants, as well as the general public, to offset their emissions resulting from the event.

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Event: XXVII International Primatological Society Congress [viewed]

The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) will gather over 800 of the world's leading primate experts, scientists and researchers at the XXVII International Primatological Society (IPS) Congress. GRASP's bid to host the meeting was built upon the theme, 'Global Connectivity to Ensure the Future of Primates,' and proposes to include Nairobi-based UN experts in areas such as climate change, deforestation, sustainable development, and civil conflict, among others, in IPS symposia, workshops and panels. The event will convene during 2018. The XXVI IPS Congress is scheduled to convene from 21-27 August 2016, in Chicago, Illinois, US.  

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Event: REDD+ Academy – Asia [viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) are convening the first in a series of REDD+ Academies aimed at training REDD+ decision-makers in issues such as national REDD+ strategies, safeguards and stakeholder engagement. This session will bring together members of the Indonesian Parliament, environmental journalists, and REDD+ future leaders and practitioners from the sixteen UN-REDD partner countries across the region. The Academy will be supported by a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to be launched in 2015.  

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Guest Article #37: How CITES is Taking Concrete Action for a World Living in Harmony with Nature: CITES' Contribution to the UN Decade on Biodiversity [viewed]

As we approach the mid-way point to the 2020 deadline to achieve our common set of biodiversity targets and strategies, it is an opportune moment to reflect on how the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is contributing to: realizing the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity (2011-2020); achieving the 20 Aichi Biodiversity Targets; and celebrating the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity's vision of a world living in harmony with nature[1].

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FAO Committee on Agriculture Reviews Progress in Programmes and Policies [viewed]

FAO8 October 2014: The 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which took place from 29 September to 3 October in Rome, Italy, discussed soil management, food safety and water governance among its central themes. The biennial meeting also heard a vocal call by FAO to implement a paradigm shift to sustainable and productive agriculture, forestry and fisheries. A number of common issues, relevant for other UN entities and partnerships, were also highlighted.

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