Governance

World Wildlife Day 2016 Focuses on Illicit Trafficking, Poaching [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2016: In celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2016, organized around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands,” UN Member States, UN agencies and stakeholders discussed illicit trafficking in wildlife. Participants in the discussion stressed the need for: enhancing governance; taking individual responsibility; involving all relevant stakeholders; strengthening law enforcement; addressing corruption; engaging and empowering the communities that live in the proximity where wildlife lives; and addressing the lack of staff and capacity. The sub-theme of the Day was "The future of elephants is in our hands," to draw special attention to African and Asian elephants.

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UNFF Highlights Interlinkages Between International Arrangement on Forests, Paris Agreement [viewed]

UNFF26 February 2016: The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has published a policy brief exploring opportunities for greater coherence with the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) arising from the Paris Agreement and the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015. The brief focuses on forest-based climate change mitigation and adaptation measures, forest financing and the 'global stocktake' under the Paris Agreement.

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CGIAR, CIFOR Outline Priorities and Targets [viewed]

cgiar_cifor2 March 2016: CGIAR has published its 'Strategy and Results Framework 2016–2030,' which describes how CGIAR will build on past successes and investments. The Framework also highlights the need to find innovative solutions to overcome barriers to success, and defines how to take advantage of emerging opportunities. It outlines CGIAR's three goals, or 'System Level Outcomes (SLOs)': reducing poverty; improving food and nutrition security; and improving natural resources and ecosystem services.

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IPBES Approves Assessments on Pollinators, Scenarios and Modelling [viewed]

ipbes428 February 2016: The Fourth Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) approved summaries for policy makers (SPMs) of the Platform's first assessments on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production, and on Scenarios and Models for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Delegates also launched several new assessments and elected Robert Watson (UK) as the Platform's new Chair.

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Event: 34th Session of FAO Regional Conference for Latin America and Caribbean [viewed]

The 34th session of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Regional Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will bring together ministers of agriculture, environment and social development, as well as other government representatives, from 33 countries to focus on the challenges and prospects for food and nutrition security in the region. Participants are expected to undertake a review of the measures that helped to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), as well as discuss challenges faced as they work towards meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participants will also discuss challenges faced in transforming the rural sector, the sustainable use of natural resources, risk management, adaptation to climate change and South-South cooperation in the region. Governments will analyze FAO activities in the region during the biennium 2014-2015 and will set FAO action priorities for 2016-2017. Civil society, peasant and indigenous organizations, non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations, regional integration organizations and other UN agencies will also hold a meeting. LAC is the only region in the world that has achieved both the hunger reduction goals of the World Food Summit and the MDGs. The FAO Regional Conferences are official fora where government representatives from the same geographic region meet to discuss challenges and priorities related to food and agriculture to ensure the promotion of regional coherence on the issues.  

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CFS Working Group Continues Discussions on CFS Engagement in Advancing Nutrition [viewed]

CFS28 February 2016: The second session of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Nutrition of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) addressed a revised proposal for CFS engagement in advancing nutrition, drafted on the basis of discussions at the first session, electronic comments from participants and inputs from the Technical Task Team.

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Seven Biodiversity-related Conventions Discuss Strengthening Implementation, Synergies [viewed]

seven-biodiversity-related-conventions18 February 2016: Representatives of the Parties to seven biodiversity-related conventions held a workshop to explore ways to strengthen synergies and improve efficiency among the conventions, with a view to enhancing their implementation at all levels. The options and elements for a possible roadmap elaborated during the workshop will be submitted to the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), to be held in May 2016.

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Working Group Discusses CFS' Contribution to 2030 Agenda Implementation [viewed]

CFS27 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) discussed an outline of a proposal on CFS engagement to advance the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including means of engagement and implications for the organization of CFS work.

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UNEP Report Describes Benefits of Blue Economy [viewed]

UNEP LogoFebruary 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report highlighting six case studies that: reflect the diversity and flexibility of the ‘blue economy' concept; illustrate how economic indicators and development strategies can better reflect the true value of ocean benefits; and demonstrate practical applications that can be implemented at the regional, country and community levels. In the forward to the report, titled ‘Blue Economy: Sharing Success Stories to Inspire Change,' UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner expressed that "ocean related issues are integral to most of the Sustainable Development Goals and to the transition towards the inclusive green economy."

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UNCCD Announces WDCD Slogan, Highlights Links to Climate Action [viewed]

???????????????????????23 February 2016: The UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) has announced that the slogan for the 2016 World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), which is celebrated on 17 June, will be ‘Protect Earth. Restore Land. Engage People.' UNCCD Executive Secretary Monique Barbut thanked China for offering to host the global observance event at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, highlighting the country's experience in “nursing degraded lands and man-made deserts back to health.”

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