Governance

Slovakia Assumes FOREST EUROPE Chairmanship [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)21 October 2015: The seventh FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference, which convened from 20-21 October 2015, in Madrid, Spain, marked the end of Spain's chairmanship of FOREST EUROPE, with the Slovak Republic assuming the chairmanship. The membership of the General Coordinating Committee also changed, with Sweden replacing Norway.

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FOREST EUROPE Releases Reports on Implementation of Commitments, Mid-term Evaluation of 2020 Goals [viewed]

implementation_of_the_fe_cOctober 2015: Two reports examining national and regional implementation of political commitments made through FOREST EUROPE resolutions and other outcomes between 2011-2015, and progress towards the goals for European forests and 2020 targets were released at the seventh FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conference held from 20-21 October 2015 in Madrid, Spain.

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CITES PC22 Considers Species Listings in Advance of CoP17 [viewed]

cites_p2223 October 2105: The twenty-second meeting of the Plants Committee (PC22) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has recommended, inter alia: PC commitment to continue working with Madagascar on the implementation of the Action Plan for Malagasy ebonies and Malagasy rosewoods, noting however strong concern that no information has as yet been provided on the status of implementation of elements of the Action Plan; and the adoption of a Review of Significant Trade (RST) process that provides for greater transparency.

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GEF Council Reappoints CEO Naoko Ishii for Second Term [viewed]

naoko_ishii23 October 2015: The 49th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a work program amounting to US$254.99 million. The work program comprises 17 project concepts and two programmatic approaches, focusing mainly on climate change and sustainable ecosystem management in the Amazon. In addition, GEF Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairperson Naoko Ishii was appointed for a second four-year term.

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FOREST EUROPE Ministerial Conferences Conclude [viewed]

forest-europe-madrid21 October 2015: FOREST EUROPE held two Ministerial meetings in Madrid, Spain. The seventh Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe, held from 20-21 October 2015, adopted a Ministerial Declaration on '25 Years Together Promoting Sustainable Forest Management in Europe,' a decision on the future direction of FOREST EUROPE, and resolutions on the forest sector in the center of a green economy and protection of forests in a changing environment. The Extraordinary Ministerial Conference, which convened on 21 October, received the results of the work of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests) and agreed to explore ways to find common ground on the draft no later than 2020.

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Senior Arctic Officials Advance Arctic Council Agenda [viewed]

Arctic Council23 October 2015: The Senior Arctic Official's meeting, which convened from 20-22 October 2015, in Anchorage, Alaska, brought together senior representatives from the eight Arctic States and the Permanent Participants (six organizations representing Arctic Indigenous peoples) to advance the work of the Arctic Council. The meeting was also the Council's first plenary meeting under US Chairmanship (2015-2017).

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UNFF Secretariat Publishes Issue Briefs on Key Developments [viewed]

Unff23 October 2015: The Secretariat of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has published a set of four, 2-page Issue Briefs on the UNFF, the UN Forest Instrument, the UNFF Global Forest Financing Facilitation Network and the International Arrangement on Forests beyond 2015, to provide an overview of some of the key developments resulting from UNFF 11, held in May 2015.

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UNCCD COP 12 Discusses SDG Target on Land Degradation Neutrality, DLDD Links with Climate Change [viewed]

cop12unccd23 October 2015: The 12th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) adopted 35 decisions following deliberations on agenda items related to desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD), including how to pursue the Sustainable Development Goals' (SDG) target to achieve land degradation neutrality (LDN) and how to align the UNCCD's goals and Parties' action programmes with the Goals. Parties also considered messages for the Paris Climate Change Conference, which will take place from 30 November-11 December 2015.

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GEF Council Approves Regional Programme to Protect Amazon [viewed]

GEF21 October 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council has approved a “first-of-its-kind” multi-million dollar project to help protect over 80% of the Amazon and combat climate change. GEF says it will commit US$113 million for the Amazon Sustainable Landscapes Program, a regional programme covering Brazil, Colombia and Peru, which is expected to leverage US$682 million in additional financing over five years.

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CMS Standing Committee Discusses Strategic Plan, Financing Priorities [viewed]

CMS21 October 2015: The 44th Meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) met to discuss the Strategic Plan for Migratory Species 2015-2023, the review process for the Convention, and other issues.

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