Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: Addressing the Intersection between the Nagoya Protocol, Access and Benefit Sharing Rules, and BioTrade [viewed]

Organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in cooperation with other partners, the objective of this workshop is to provide a broader understanding of the intersection between access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and BioTrade for policy makers, regulators and interested businesses in Viet Nam. It immediately follows an UNCTAD workshop on the identification of barriers to the trade of biodiversity-based and BioTrade products from Viet Nam to be held the 23-24 June 2016.  

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10x20 Steering Committee Discusses Support for SDG Target 14.5 [viewed]

10x20initiative20 June 2016: The Steering Committee of the 10x20 Initiative met to discuss concrete initiatives and next steps in support of the Initiative, which aims to promote the achievement of target 14.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls to, "By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information."

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SDG 14 Conference Modalities Under Discussion [viewed]

sdg_1410 June 2016: The co-facilitators for the modalities of the UN Conference to Support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and Sustainably Use the Ocean, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development) have circulated a draft resolution on the modalities of the Conference, to be considered in informal consultations on 23 June. The Conference will convene from 5-9 June 2017, in Nadi, Fiji.

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CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management [viewed]

CIF20 June 2016: The governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met to make decisions on the Funds' future strategy. The meetings attracted the participation of over 150 experts from approximately 50 developing and donor countries, as well as international organizations and civil society. Following the official opening of the governing body meetings, on 12 June, the joint Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees met on 15 June. This meeting was followed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee Meeting on 16 June.

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Oslo REDD Exchange Discusses Implementation, Cross-Cutting Themes [viewed]

NORAD16 June 2016: The Oslo REDD Exchange 2016 shared ideas, experiences and perspectives among professionals and leaders working on reducing deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries (REDD+). Discussions focused on REDD+ implementation at national and subnational levels in light of the Paris Agreement, and cross-cutting themes, including on financing options, corporate supply chain commitments, indigenous peoples and monitoring technologies.

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Global Landscapes Forum Event Explores Role of Private Finance [viewed]

global_landscape12 June 2016: Held on 6 June 2016, in London, UK, the invitation-only 'Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case' brought together experts from the financial services industry with participants from government, academia and the corporate sector, to explore the role of private finance in enhancing livelihoods and landscapes across the globe.

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Guest Article #57: Forest and Farm Producer Organizations: An Operating System for the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

In the village of Thach Ngoa, Viet Nam, members of a small producer group of forest farmers are seeing big returns on a winning decision to start distilling oil from the local star anise tree. The oil is a major source of shikimic acid, an important component in anti-influenza drugs, making star anise a valuable forest crop. Following training by the Viet Nam National Farmers Union, group members have invested more than €2,000 in distillation equipment and are making a good profit, selling to provinces bordering China as well as local buyers. After just one year, some 30 people are now employed collecting fruit, working in the plant and selling the oil.

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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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UNEP Report Outlines Contributions to Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

contributions-unep-strategic-plan-biodivMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report outlining the actions it has taken in support of implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets over the period 2013-2016, including examples drawn from a number of projects and initiatives contributing to one or multiple targets.

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CFS Working Group Finalizes Draft Guidelines on Connecting Smallholders to Markets [viewed]

CFS9 June 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets finalized a set of draft recommendations to governments aiming to address key challenges in and opportunities for improving the access of smallholder farmers to markets. The draft recommendations will be forwarded the to the 43rd Plenary Session of the CFS in October 2016.

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