Governance

WTO-CITES Publication Reaffirms Trade-Environment Links [viewed]

wto-cites22 June 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) have released a publication showing how global trade and environmental regimes can support each other and cooperate to achieve shared goals. WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and CITES Secretary-General John Scanlon formally launched the publication at WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on 22 June 2015.

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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Event: CITES CoP17 [viewed]

The 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES CoP17) will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa from 24 September - 5 October 2016. This will be the fourth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES held on the African continent since CITES came into force on 1 July 1975, but the first on the continent since 2000.  

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Event: General Debate of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) [viewed]

The General Debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015. It will follow the 15 September 2015 Opening of the 70th Session of the General Assembly, 25 September 2015 visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, and the 25-27 September 2015 Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  

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UNGA Adopts Resolution to Develop Legally-Binding Instrument on the Conservation of Marine Biological Diversity in ABNJ [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA19 June 2015: UN Member States adopted a Resolution (UNGA/RES/69/292) on the development of an international, legally-binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The Resolution aims to build on and support UNCLOS' implementation through creating marine protected areas (MPAs) in the high seas, improving environmental impact assessments (EIAs), addressing access and benefit sharing (ABS), and ensuring transparency and accountability on progress.

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RRI Dialogue Explores Links Among Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth [viewed]

iucn-rri18 June 2015: The Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) organized its 17th Dialogue on Forests, Governance and Climate Change under the theme 'Forest Tenure, Restoration and Green Growth.' The day-long event featured four panel-led discussions, which highlighted the centrality of tenure and rights to successful forest landscape restoration (FLR) and debated the role of FLR in "green growth."

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UN General Assembly Elects 70th President [viewed]

denmark15 June 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its 70th session. Lykketoft, currently the Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark and former Finance and Foreign Minister, chose as the theme for UNGA 70 'The UN at 70 - a new commitment to action.'

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FAO Conference Endorses Revised World Soil Charter [viewed]

international year of soils13 June 2015: Member States of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) unanimously endorsed an updated version of the World Soil Charter (WSC) during the 39th Session of the FAO Conference, which met from 6-13 June in Rome, Italy. The new Charter replaces the original version that was negotiated and adopted by FAO members in 1981, and coincides with celebrations of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015.

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UNEP Supports China's Next Five-Year Plan; Partners with Xinhua News Agency [viewed]

unep_china10 June 2015: A High-level Expert Panel of Chinese Government Officials and representatives of the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) adopted recommendations with regard to incorporating environmental and sustainable development objectives in China's upcoming Five-Year Plan 2016-2020.

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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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