UN Programme, Agency or Fund

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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Event: CMS StC45 [viewed]

The 45th meeting of the Standing Committee (StC45) of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will take place from 9-10 November 2016.  

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Event: First Meeting of the Sessional Committee of the CMS Scientific Council [viewed]

The first meeting of the Sessional Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Scientific Council will meet in Bonn, Germany.  

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Global Soil Partnership Outlines Mitigation Potential of Soil Organic Carbon [viewed]

Global Soil Partnership (GSP)15 December 2015: The Intergovernmental Technical Panel on Soils (ITPS) of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has released a briefing paper on the role of soil organic carbon (SOC) in offsetting climate change. The paper reviews recent research on SOC and concludes that actions to reverse the loss of soil organic matter could be one of the most effective tools to mitigate climate change.

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Blue Carbon Counter Displays Carbon Sequestration in Real Time [viewed]

conservancy_iucn_grid16 December 2015: The Coastal Blue Carbon Counter, a real-time display that visualized the amount of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) being sequestered by coastal ecosystems worldwide during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is now available on the Internet.

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FAO Expert Workshop Agrees to Develop Methodology to Estimate IUU Globally [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest threats to aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity and undermines regional and national efforts to sustainably manage fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). However, global data on the characteristics and magnitude of IUU fishing have not been updated since 2003. Consequently, FAO convened an Expert Workshop to consider approaches for developing a methodology to estimate IUU fishing globally.

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GEF-UNEP-SPREP Pacific Project Considers Roadmap for Future Island Biodiversity Activities [viewed]

GEF UNEP30 November 2015: Participants discussed a roadmap for integrating project results into national and community-level planning processes at the final review meeting of the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEFPAS) Integrated Island Biodiversity (IIB) project. The project, which included activities in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, is scheduled to officially close in June 2016.

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2016 WED and WWD to Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Elephants [viewed]

wwd_wed10 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June. The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Taskforce Prepares "Zero-Tolerance" Policy Declaration [viewed]

IMO10 December 2015: The United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products has agreed to a draft declaration, to be signed in 2016, calling on zero-tolerance towards illegal wildlife trade.

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