Economics, Trade & Investment

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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Event: Central and Eastern European Workshop on the Detection and Identification of Living Modified Organisms [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), this workshop will discuss issues and challenges relating to the detection and identification of living modified organisms (LMOs) for the implementation of obligations under the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety for Parties from the Central and Eastern European Region.  

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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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CITES SC66 Opens, Focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites11 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) has opened in Geneva, Switzerland. Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway, emphasized the busy agenda and highlighted some of CITES' successes as well as key international developments: stronger alliances with other organizations; UN General Assembly resolution 69/314 on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife; and the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: Annual Conference of Swiss Development Cooperation 2016 [viewed]

The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) will organize its 2016 Annual Conference on the theme, ‘Together towards a sustainable future: The 2030 Agenda for Switzerland and the world'. Didier Burkhalter, Federal Councillor, and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will deliver opening and keynote addresses, respectively, on the 2030 Agenda. Other UN officials will share their experiences in drafting the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including reflection on what the SDGs mean for individual countries. The conference will also feature panel discussions on: sustainable water management in Chad and Switzerland; sustainable development tools and partnerships; and public and private sector financing.  

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Fifty African Countries and China to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade, Strengthen Cooperation on Environment​ [viewed]

focac8 December 2015: Fifty African countries and China agreed to scale up their response to wildlife crime and trafficking at the Sixth Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). The FOCAC Johannesburg Action Plan 2016-2018 commits the countries to work closely to tackle illegal trade in wildlife.

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INTERPOL Highlights Operation Worthy II Outcomes and Tiger Crime Strategy [viewed]

interpol21 December 2015: INTERPOL announced that Operation Worthy II, supported by its Project Wisdom, resulted in 376 arrests, the seizure of 4.5 tonnes of elephant ivory and rhinoceros horn and the investigation of 25 criminal groups involved in the illicit trade in Africa. The Operation took place from January to October 2015 across 11 African countries.

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Event: ADB Board of Governors 49th Annual Meeting [viewed]

The annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims to provide: guidance on ADB administrative, financial and operational directions; and the opportunity for member governments to interact with ADB staff, nongovernment organizations, the media and representatives of observer countries, international organizations, academia and the private sector. The annual meetings, which are held in a member country in late April or early May and include the participation of finance and economic planning ministers, senior government officials, representatives of multilateral development banks (MDBs) and investment bankers, aim to discuss challenges and explore solutions facing Asia and the Pacific.  

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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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