Governance

Policy Update #24: Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres [viewed]

Stopping wildlife crime has truly become, as the title of a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) high-level dialogue pronounced, “Everybody's Business.” And it seems everyone - from multilateral organizations to national governments to the private sector and to non-governmental organizations - is getting in on the action.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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FAO Action Plan Addresses Antimicrobial Resistance in Food and Agricultural Systems [viewed]

fao_headquarters14 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published an 'Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) 2016-2020' that aims to help countries develop strategies to minimize the emergence and spread of AMR in their food chains.

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UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office [viewed]

ga-71-logo13 September 2016: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held its closing plenary, adopting a consensus resolution to improve the transparency and accountability of the Office of the UNGA President. UNGA 71 then opened with the incoming President, Peter Thomson of Fiji, becoming the first in UN history to take an Oath of Office.

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PrepCom 2 Identifies Areas of Convergence and Further Discussion on BBNJ Instrument [viewed]

prepcom212 September 2016: The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) discussed proposals on the possible elements of an ILBI and engaged in a preliminary identification of possible areas of convergence of views and of issues requiring further discussion.

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UNGA Adopts Modalities for SDG 14 Conference [viewed]

goal_149 September 2016: UN Member States have agreed on the modalities for the high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, which calls to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” By the modalities decision, which was agreed through a silence procedure on 7 September and adopted in plenary on 9 September, the Conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 5-9 June 2017. Fiji and Sweden will retain co-hosting responsibilities by assuming the costs of the Conference and its preparatory process.

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UNDP, UNFPA, UNOPS Board Discusses SDG Implementation [viewed]

undp_unfpa_unops9 September 2016: The second regular session of the Executive Board of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and the UN Office of Project Services (UNOPS) discussed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Board also considered UNDP's revised Evaluation Policy, which aims to professionalize evaluation and strengthen accountability and effectiveness.

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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BWM Convention Will Enter Into Force in 2017 [viewed]

IMO8 September 2016: The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Convention's entry into force is expected to minimize the spread of invasive aquatic species (IAS) via ships' ballast water, thereby enhancing protection of the marine environment, biodiversity conservation and standardized approaches for industry.

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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 85 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD9 September 2016: The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reached 85 ratifications, in anticipation of the second Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to be held in December 2016, and the goal to reach 100 ratifications by then.

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