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Event: Africa Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Event: Asia Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Congo and Mali Ratify Supplementary Biosafety Protocol [viewed]

CBD23 June 2016: The Republic of the Congo (Congo) and Mail are the latest countries to ratify the Nagoya-Kuala Lumpur Supplementary Protocol on Liability and Redress to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety. Their accession brings the total number of ratifications to 35. Five more ratifications are necessary for the Supplementary Protocol's entry into force.

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Bioversity International Coordinates Efforts to Save Pacific Coconut Diversity [viewed]

Bioversity International13 June 2016: Bioversity International, a member of the CGIAR Consortium, through its International Coconut Genetic Resources Network (COGENT), has launched a project aiming to protect Pacific coconut diversity and associated livelihoods from the threat of genetic erosion through climate change and plant disease by establishing a new gene bank and germplasm collection in Papua New Guinea.

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On WDCD, Canada Announces Intention to Rejoin UNCCD, China Launches Restoration Initiative along Silk Road [viewed]

???????????????????????17 June 2016: On World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), commemorated on 17 June, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), China and other partners launched the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action Initiative to Combat Desertification,' which aims to link land rehabilitation efforts across Asia, Europe and Africa. The UNCCD also welcomed Canada's formal announcement that it intends to rejoin the UNCCD at the earliest opportunity, following its withdrawal in 2014.

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FOREST EUROPE Expert Meeting Adopts Work Programme [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)11 May 2016: Held from 11-12 May 2016, in Bratislava, Slovakia, a FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting discussed and adopted a new work programme for cooperation on forests and forestry in Europe for the time frame of 2016 to 2020.

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African Countries Accelerate Efforts to Optimize Value from Extractive Sector [viewed]

uneca_amv6 June 2016: More than 30 private sector institutions operating in 15 countries agreed to contribute to the African Mining Vision (AMV) compact, as part of efforts to ensure that the mineral resources sector plays a transformative role in achieving sustainable development on the continent. The compact was launched at an event co-hosted by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Union Commission (AUC), held from 1-2 June 2016, in Kigali, Rwanda.

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FAO, EU Promote Voluntary Guidelines to Enhance Peacebuilding in Colombia [viewed]

fao_eu26 May 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the European Union (EU) are supporting a three-year project that will support responsible land tenure principles to secure the rights of indigenous communities and contribute to biodiversity conservation and peacebuilding in Colombia.

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Event: Coordinating Meeting on African Geological and Minerals Information System [viewed]

The objective of this meeting is to develop a continent-wide Geological and Minerals Information System (GMIS) to collate and store geodata provided by mining companies to their respective national geo-survey entities in a single repository. In addition to clarifying the organizational structure of the GMIS Steering Committee, the event will identify strategic partners and priority issues for the implementation of the strategy. The meeting takes place under the auspices of the African Mining Vision, which was adopted by African heads of state in 2009 to ensure the transparent, equitable and optimal exploitation of mineral resources in order to support broad-based sustainable growth and socio-economic development in Africa.  

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WED 2016 Focuses on Prevention of Wildlife Crime [viewed]

wed5 June 2016: UN and world leaders called for zero tolerance for illegal trade in wildlife on World Environment Day (WED), which was celebrated globally under the theme, 'Go wild for life.' Statements on the Day stressed achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's Target 15.7, which calls for "urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products."

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