Economics, Trade & Investment

FAO Expert Workshop Agrees to Develop Methodology to Estimate IUU Globally [viewed]

fao_headquartersDecember 2015: Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing is one of the greatest threats to aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity and undermines regional and national efforts to sustainably manage fisheries, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). However, global data on the characteristics and magnitude of IUU fishing have not been updated since 2003. Consequently, FAO convened an Expert Workshop to consider approaches for developing a methodology to estimate IUU fishing globally.

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2016 WED and WWD to Focus on Illegal Wildlife Trade, Elephants [viewed]

wwd_wed10 December 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Angola have announced that Angola will host the 2016 World Environment Day (WED), which falls annually on 5 June. The theme of the upcoming WED will be the fight against illegal trade in wildlife, an issue of relevance to Angola where poaching threatens elephant populations.

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Illegal Wildlife Trade Taskforce Prepares "Zero-Tolerance" Policy Declaration [viewed]

IMO10 December 2015: The United for Wildlife International Taskforce on the Transportation of Illegal Wildlife Products has agreed to a draft declaration, to be signed in 2016, calling on zero-tolerance towards illegal wildlife trade.

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Event: 2016 Annual Meetings of the Inter-American Development Bank and Inter-American Investment Corporation [viewed]

The 57th Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the 31st Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation (IIC) is intended to provide a forum for discussion among the institution's Governors, including finance ministers and central bank presidents, and representatives of multilateral financial institutions, development agencies and private banks. A series of seminars will take place prior to the opening of the meeting. In addition to meetings of the Boards of Governors, the meeting will include sessions on, inter alia: the private sector as an engine of growth for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC); strengthening financing for the private sector to promote growth; consolidating LAC's participation in global value chains; the Caribbean's energy challenge; protecting productive ecosystems, including the coasts and the ocean, through an integrated approach; a “Blue Urban Agenda”; and the Road to Habitat III. The annual meetings take place in late March or early April each year.  

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UNFCCC COP 21 Adopts Paris Agreement [viewed]

cop21_iisd12 December 2015: On 12 December 2015, in Paris, France, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC adopted the Paris Agreement (FCCC/CP/2015/L.9/Rev.1), a universal, legally-binding agreement to take effect from 2020. Commenting on the new Agreement, COP 21 President Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister, France, stated, "The Paris Agreement allows each delegation and group of countries to go back home with their heads held high. Our collective effort is worth more than the sum of our individual effort."

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Special Gala Honors Recipients of Momentum for Change Awards [viewed]

UNFCCC10 December 2015: The recipients of the 2015 UN Climate Solutions Award 'Momentum for Change' were honored during a special ceremony and gala event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sixteen initiatives were awarded prizes in the following categories: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate-friendly investment and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Paris Outcome [viewed]

cop21_day1110 December 2015: Negotiations continued on the draft outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference on Thursday, 10 December, with COP 21 President Laurent Fabius introducing a revised draft text in the evening. Fabius said there are “open options” on the most complex issues of differentiation, finance and ambition, and asked delegates to examine the document with a "new perspective,” keeping the final agreement in mind, suggesting “we are extremely close to the finish line.” Following a second night of negotiations, delegates were told on Friday that the sixth meeting of the Comité de Paris would convene Saturday morning, 12 December, during which a final draft of the proposed Paris Outcome would be presented.

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IAEG-SDGs Calls for Input on "Grey" Indicators [viewed]

iaeg-sdg9 December 2015: The Inter-agency and Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is holding a consultation on the approximately 70 proposed indicators coded as "grey," where the Group does not yet have consensus. The online consultation, open from 9-15 December 2015, seeks input from non-IAEG Member States, representatives of regional commissions and international and regional agencies, and stakeholders from academia, civil society and the private sector.

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LPAA Results in Over 70 Major Climate Action Initiatives [viewed]

lpaa9 December 2015: The Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA), which convened on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference, illustrated the “massive and rising response by cities, regions, business and civil society to take ambitious climate action, frequently in cooperation with national governments,” according to the UNFCCC Secretariat. The LPAA resulted in over 70 major initiatives from nearly 10,000 actors from 180 countries on agriculture, building, business, cities, forests, innovation, private finance, resilience, short-lived climate pollutants, transport and water.

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NEPAD with Partners Launch African Resilient Landscapes Initiative [viewed]

nepad_wb_wri6 December 2015: Launched at the 2015 Global Landscapes Forum in Paris, France, by the African Union New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), the African Resilient Landscapes Initiative will be implemented in partnership with the World Bank and World Resources Institute (WRI) through forest and ecosystem restoration, biodiversity conservation, climate-smart agriculture, and rangeland management.

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