Governance

Event: IWC Scientific Committee Meeting [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission's (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting is attended by up to 200 scientists and is held annually for a duration of two weeks.  

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FfD-Post-2015 Joint Session Debates Synergies, Technology, Ambition [viewed]

iisdrs_in424 April 2015: Delegates to the fourth session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda, which convened as a joint meeting with the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3) process, debated how the two processes should relate to each other. Some said the FfD3 process should comprise the means of implementation (MOI) section of the post-2015 development agenda, while others viewed them as warranting distinct outcomes.

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Global Soil Week 2015: Healthy Soils and Land Justice Underpin Transformation to Sustainability [viewed]

global_soil_week24 April 2015: “A transformation towards sustainable soil management is possible if all actors are integrated in the search for solutions.” This statement was among concluding remarks made by Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director, Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) and Chair of the Third Global Soil Week. Töpfer welcomed the contribution of the Secretariats of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), noting “this sends a strong signal” of the growing shift from silos towards "a systems approach” in addressing multiple agendas.

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Arctic Council Meeting Concludes Canada's Chairmanship [viewed]

Arctic Council25 April 2015: The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, which marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US chairmanship (2015-2017), brought together ministers of the eight Arctic States and leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council. Ministers adopted the 2015 Iqaluit Declaration, which highlights the accomplishments of the past two years and sets the stage for the upcoming US chairmanship.

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UNEP Report Details Contribution of Timber, Wildlife Crime to DRC Conflict [viewed]

UNEP16 April 2015: Organized crime in timber, wildlife and gold continues to finance transnational organized criminal networks in the Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report examines transitional environmental crime as one of the key factors fueling the conflict cycle in eastern DRC and provides analysis on the illegal exploitation of natural resources, including their values, stakeholders in the trade, smuggling routes and impacts.

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Major Groups Partnership on Forests Calls for New UN Body on Forests [viewed]

major_groups_partnership_on_forestsApril 2015: The Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF) prepared three papers ahead of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11). The papers cover: financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), perspectives on a new UN body on forests, and expectations for the participation of Major Groups.

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Global Soil Week Chair's Conclusions: “Transformation is needed – transformation is possible” [viewed]

global_soil_week23 April 2015: In his Chairman's Conclusions to the 3rd Global Soil Week, Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director of the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS) Potsdam, which hosts the annual event, highlights six areas of “emerging consensus” that can help in raising the profile of “the forgotten resource, soil" on the global political agenda and ensure that soil stakeholders “engage on an equal footing with partners in the sustainability agenda.”

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IASS Report Addresses the Role of Biomass in the SDGs [viewed]

iass_unep 22 April 2015: A report, titled 'The Role of Biomass in the Sustainable Development Goals: A Reality Check and Governance Implications' and published by the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS), was jointly launched by IASS and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) on the sidelines of the Third Global Soil Week in Berlin, Germany.

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International Organizations Call for Urgent Action to Manage and Conserve Global Groundwater [viewed]

groundwater_governance13 April 2015: A consortium of international organizations launched a framework for action to better manage and conserve global groundwater resources, calling for collective action at local, national and, where appropriate, trans-boundary levels to protect aquifers from depletion, pollution and saltwater intrusion.

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UNECE, FAO Cooperate to Support Land Governance in Europe [viewed]

FAO UNECE16 April 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on land administration and management that aims to balance space, cost and use in order to address growing competition for land ownership, reduced availability and declining land quality in the region.

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