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Event: 6th GEF-UNDP-IMO GloBallast R and D Forum [viewed]

The GloBallast Project, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), implemented by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and executed by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), assists developing countries to reduce the transfer of harmful aquatic organisms and pathogens in ships' ballast water and implement the IMO Ballast Water Management (BWM) Convention. The Research and Development Forum is to discuss an IMO study of the implementation of the ballast water performance standard, and approval and implementation of ballast water management systems.  

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Indicators and Monitoring the Focus of SFM Work [viewed]

fao-forests-cifor-wbJune 2015: Governance, indicators and monitoring have been the focus of a number of forest-related initiatives seeking to: establish standards for monitoring and evaluation; build capacity for their application; and ensure that forest management can contribute to livelihoods, the delivery of ecosystem services and the achievement of sustainable development.

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Event: EXPO Milano 2015 Panel - Links between Forests, Food and Life [viewed]

The Government of Austria is convening a high level panel on the links between forests and food as a contribution to the EXPO Milano theme, ‘Feeding the Planet – Energy for Life'. Including panelists such as, Andrä Rupprechter, Federal Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria, and Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The panel will consider how forests can contribute to the challenge of feeding the world's growing population in light of the increased pressure on forests from over-exploitation. The panel will be moderated by James Astill, the Political Editor and Bagehot Columnist of ‘The Economist'.  

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World Desertification Day Highlights SLM-Food Security Links [viewed]

wdcd201517 June 2015: Various Heads of UN institutions and other international organizations published messages to mark the 2015 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on 17 June, which was commemorated under the slogan, ‘No such thing as a free lunch: Invest in healthy soils.'

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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ITTO Workshop Highlights Good Practices in Fighting Illegal Trade [viewed]

Itto12 June 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Government of Japan, and the 'Committee for Wood Utilization Caravan to Bridge Forest and City of Japan,' convened a workshop on illegal trade in tropical timber in order to address challenges, identify opportunities, and review existing approaches and frameworks.

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GLF Discusses Private Sector Financing for Sustainable Landscapes [viewed]

cifor_worldbank_unep_profor15 June 2015: The 'Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case' aimed to support greater private sector funding for sustainable landscapes management. In particular, the event discussed elements of a roadmap for the creation of funding instruments for forests and landscapes that deliver financial, social and environmental returns.

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Ramsar COP 12 Adopts Declaration of Punta del Este, 16 Resolutions [viewed]

ramsar_cop129 June 2015: The 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) agreed on four strategic priorities that link the wise use of wetlands to solving pressing issues, such as climate change and food and water security. Noting the loss of 64% of global wetlands since 1900, the final declaration calls for strengthening partnerships “beyond those responsible for the operation and maintenance of Ramsar Sites and important wetlands,” to enhance the Convention's implementation.

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IATA and CITES to Cooperate in Fight against Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites-iata8 June 2015: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with regard to cooperation on the reduction of illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife products.

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UNEP Performance Report Highlights Value of Long-Term Goal Setting [viewed]

UNEPJune 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released its annual performance report for 2015, reporting on achievements in its seven programme areas, and highlighting the value of long-term goal setting for planetary change.

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