Economics, Trade & Investment

Event: European Ecosystem Services Conference [viewed]

The European Ecosystem Services Conference will meet under the theme, ‘Helping nature to help us,' and will focus on the role that healthy ecosystems play in supporting human well-being and the protection of nature. The meeting agenda includes: keynote presentations from policy, practice and science; a networking day where businesses, practitioners, policymakers and researchers will showcase their work; interactive sessions to demonstrate working examples of ecosystem services and natural capital; field excursions to see ecosystem services in action; and scientific sessions. The conference is being organized by the EU-funded research projects ECOPLAN and the Ecosystem Services Partnership, among others, and hosted by the University of Antwerp.  

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Event: Sixth Annual WAVES Partnership Meeting [viewed]

The sixth annual meeting of the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership will bring together WAVES countries, UN agencies, donors, civil society organizations, and other institutions supporting natural capital accounting (NCA). WAVES countries will showcase results from their work on constructing water, forest, minerals and ecosystem accounts. The meeting will provide the opportunity for discussions on how to move from having accounts to using them in policy and decision making. The meeting will include a panel discussion on how NCA can support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, and participants will hear more on WAVES+, the next phase of the partnership. WAVES is a World Bank-led partnership that aims to promote sustainable development by ensuring that natural resources accounting is mainstreamed in development planning and national economic accounting.  

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Event: ELD Strategy Workshop: Developing a Roadmap for Future Action [viewed]

Following the conclusion of the first two phases of the Economics of Land Degradation (ELD) Initiative, this workshop aims to bring together various ELD partners and stakeholders to critically reflect on achievements, challenges and lessons learned so far. The meeting will develop a roadmap towards the next implementation phase of the Initiative, which will seek to further enhance the integration of economic cost-benefit analyses of land degradation within national and international policy strategies and decision making, and increase the capacity of technical experts and policy makers to use ELD data and methodologies. The meeting also aims to identify new research projects to supplement the international debate on the economic benefits of land and land-based ecosystems.  

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Climate Action 2016 Event Builds Momentum to Implement Paris Agreement [viewed]

climate_action20166 May 2016: Two weeks after the Paris Agreement on climate change was opened for signature, an estimated 700 representatives from intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, national governments and the private sector gathered in Washington, DC, for “Climate Action 2016,” to continue building momentum and partnerships for global action to address climate change. The two-day event involved keynote speeches and round table discussions in which participants discussed the challenges and opportunities to turn the “intended” nationally determined contributions (INDCs) developed under the context of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) into “implemented” NDCs.

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CFS Consultation Focuses on Connecting Smallholder Farmers to Markets [viewed]

CFS2 May 2016: Held under the auspices of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), an informal consultation addressed the zero draft of a set of recommendations on connecting smallholders to markets, in preparation for the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) taking place from 8-9 June 2016, at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), in Rome, Italy.

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CITES Parties Submit Proposals and Amendments in Advance of CoP17 [viewed]

cites_cop17May 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has published the measures, including resolutions and proposals to amend the CITES Appendices, slated to be discussed during the forthcoming seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention.

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Event: Ocean Economy and Trade: Sustainable Fisheries, Transport and Tourism [viewed]

The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Commonwealth Secretariat and the International Ocean Institute are hosting this seminar to discuss how international trade in goods and services can support the advancement of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (To conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development) and other related goals. The seminar also aims to enhance understanding of the oceans economy concept and its links to trade. The meeting will underscore the interdependencies of ocean-based sectors like fisheries, coastal tourism and maritime transport. Participants will also discuss: global oceans challenges and policy responses, including climate change and the implications of sea level rise; ocean biodiversity, large marine ecosystems (LMEs) and marine genetic resources (MGR); illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing; and the role of fisheries in graduating from Least Developed Country (LDC) status.  

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UNEP Releases 2015 Annual Report [viewed]

UNEPMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) annual report for 2015 provides examples of partnerships and global outlooks deemed critical for implementing the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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CSOs Make Recommendations for HLPF, Reflect on National Reviews, Climate Synergies, Wetlands, FfD Forum [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)3 May 2016: A group of NGOs made recommendations for the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) and a multi-level review system. Other recent contributions from civil society organizations and researchers include: the results of Together 2030's Perceptions Survey; a brief on the synergies between development goals and climate action; a report on wetlands and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and a critique of the inaugural UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development (FfD) follow-up (FfD Forum).

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UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action [viewed]

UNFF27 April 2016: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has held the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG1). The Expert Group, created during UNFF11, is tasked with developing: proposals on a replacement for the reference to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the UN Forest Instrument with an appropriate reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030; and the quadrennial programme of work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.

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