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GEF-FAO-GOF Program to Strengthen Capacity for Participation in ABNJ Negotiations [viewed]

common_oceansJanuary 2016: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' will seek to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues through the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program.

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Event: Preparatory Committee on BBNJ [viewed]

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

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Event: ABNJ Regional Leaders Program [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' is organizing the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions. Selected leaders will participate in the first session of the Preparatory Committee to establish an international binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in ABNJ. Participants will also discuss global and regional ABNJ policy frameworks and processes and issues related to biodiversity conservation and fisheries. Eight leaders will be selected to participate.  

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Event: ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016: Biodiversity for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity 2016 will focus on the theme, ‘Biodiversity for Sustainable Development'. The conference will discuss the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' (ASEAN) progress on implementing their National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, including identification of areas where additional efforts are needed to achieve the Aichi Targets. Over 500 participants are expected to share their experiences in meeting the targets and showcase innovative policies and practices. The meeting will also discuss: access and benefit sharing (ABS); climate change and biodiversity; health and biodiversity; and financing for biodiversity conservation in the ASEAN region, including through the ASEAN Biodiversity Fund. It will include a soft launch of the Second Edition of the ASEAN Biodiversity Outlook, which will provide a mid-term report on the progress of ASEAN member States on the Aichi Biodiversity Targets. The conference will also include a ‘Business and Biodiversity Forum' with representatives from the private sector discussing the link between business and biodiversity.  

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Event: World Economic Forum Annual Meeting [viewed]

The World Economic Forum's (WEF) Annual Meeting will take place under the theme, ‘Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution,' with the aim of building a shared understanding of current changes and shaping a collective future that places humans at the center. The "Fourth Industrial Revolution" refers to the creation of new capabilities and impacts on economic, political and social systems as a result of a fusion of technologies across the biological, digital and physical worlds. The WEF will discuss climate change, environment and resource scarcity, food security and agriculture, inclusive, sustainable growth and security, employment, skills and human capital, gender parity, and the future of the global financial system, among other current challenges. The Annual Meeting will bring together over 40 heads of state and government with 2,500 leaders from UN agencies, business and civil society.  

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Event: Briefing by UN Secretary-General on 2016 Priorities [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief UN Member States on his priorities for 2016 during an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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Event: 2016 GEF ECW for the Southern Africa Constituency [viewed]

Expanded constituency workshops (ECW) aim to keep Global Environment Facility (GEF) national focal points, convention focal points and other key stakeholders, including civil society, abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination. They provide an opportunity for focal points to meet with their counterparts from other countries in the region and GEF partners to review policies and procedures and share lessons and experiences from the development and implementation of GEF projects and their integration into national policy frameworks.  

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UNEP Releases Guide on Environmental Assessment Frameworks [viewed]

UNEPDecember 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a guide for policy makers for selecting and implementing appropriate environmental assessment frameworks. The brochure, titled 'An Introduction to Environmental Assessment,' gives an overview of available frameworks, including those most commonly used by UNEP, provides guidance on selecting appropriate frameworks, introduces common terms and concepts and provides illustrative examples.

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Event: Africa Regional Capacity-Building Workshop on Mainstreaming Biosafety into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop aims to review the status of implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety in the African Region. Participants will also discuss: tools, strategies and opportunities to integrate biosafety concerns into National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) and national development plans; strategies for mobilizing additional resources for implementation; and measures to implement the Nagoya - Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress and potential challenges to the ratification of the Supplementary Protocol.  

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Event: Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group on Risk Assessment and Risk Management [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the Ad Hoc Technical Expert Group (AHTEG) on Risk Assessment and Risk Management will review comments submitted by Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety on the Guidance on Risk Assessment and Management and prepare text-based suggestions for changes to the Guidance. Participants will also update background documentation for the Guidance.  

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