Governance

Policy Update #18: Biodiversity and Land in the SDGs: A Forward-looking Review [viewed]

Now that the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has been adopted and the pivotal year of 2015 has concluded, this policy update looks back on how natural resource issues, specifically land and biodiversity, are reflected in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how this new and highly visible development platform aligns with and may influence intergovernmental discourse and action on existing biodiversity and land agendas.

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Port State Measures Agreement on IUU Fishing Moves Closer to Entry into Force [viewed]

USA Flag11 February 2016: US President Barack Obama has signed the instrument that will allow the US to join the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, following the passage by Congress of the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 and bringing the US in line to become the 20th party to the Agreement. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing aims to strengthen international efforts to address IUU fishing and to contribute to sustainable fisheries management and governance at all levels.

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Event: World Ocean Summit 2017 [viewed]

This Economist event will be the fourth World Ocean Summit, and will discuss how to finance a sustainable ocean economy, including consideration of the types of investment frameworks and capital necessary to bring the blue economy to scale. The event will convene over 360 global leaders from government, industry, multilateral organizations, the scientific community, and civil society to address the risks and opportunities involved in pursuing a blue economy approach and showcase examples of businesses, governments, scientists and others who have successfully aligned economic activity with sustainable management of the oceans. Additional discussion topics include: the global demand for seafood over time; the economic case for addressing marine pollution; and areas for new investments in the ocean economy.  

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Event: WIPO IGC 29 [viewed]

The 29th session of the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will address, among other items, a consolidated document relating to intellectual property and genetic resources, and joint recommendations, submitted by member countries, on genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, and the use of databases for the defensive protection of genetic resources and traditional knowledge. A half-day panel on 15 February will share indigenous and local community perspectives on intellectual property, genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge. According to the mandate agreed upon by the 2015 WIPO General Assembly, the IGC will focus on reaching a common understanding on core issues, including definition of misappropriation, beneficiaries, subject matter, objectives, and what traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions subject matter is entitled to protection at an international level, including consideration of exceptions and limitations and the relationship with the public domain.  

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WAVES Series Showcases National Implementation of NCA [viewed]

wavesFebruary 2016: Research teams from Madagascar, Mauritius and Morocco have presented to policymakers the findings of the Global Development Network's (GDN) one-year project on natural resource and wealth accounting. The three project teams focused on, inter alia, coastal degradation, land and water use, and how resource depletion affects the economy. Participants, including from the Wealth Accounting and the Valuation of Ecosystem Services (WAVES) partnership, discussed lessons learned from the project, how to link the work with other initiatives, and how to bridge the gap between researchers and policymakers.

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Policy Update #15: The LEO Portal: A New Way to Support MEA Implementation [viewed]

In September 2015, a new informational tool was launched that promises to help improve transparency and consistency among multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). The Law and Environment Ontology (LEO) Portal is a priority for the Multilateral Environmental Agreements Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, as it fills a need for a “controlled vocabulary” to facilitate searching, locating and retrieving MEA information.

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Event: 117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council [viewed]

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session. The Council is the Executive Organ of IMO and is responsible for supervising the IMO's work. Between sessions of the Assembly, the Council performs all the functions of the Assembly, except the function of making recommendations to Governments on maritime safety and pollution prevention. The Council also: coordinates the activities of the IMO's organs; considers the draft work programme and budget estimates of the IMO and submits them to the Assembly; receives reports and proposals of the Committees and other organs and submits, with comments and recommendations; appoints the IMO Secretary-General, subject to the Assembly's approval; and enters into agreements or arrangements concerning the relationship of the IMO with other organizations.  

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Event: 52nd Session of the International Tropical Timber Council and Associated Sessions of the Committees [viewed]

The 52nd session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) and Associated Sessions of the Committees (Finance and Administration; Economic Information and Market Intelligence; Forest Industry; and Reforestation and Forest Management) will be held in November 2016 to address project and governance related issues. The ITTC is the governing body of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), which provides a framework for tropical timber producer and consumer countries to discuss and develop policies on issues relating to international trade in, and utilization of, tropical timber and the sustainable management of its resource base.  

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Event: 70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

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Event: 32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries [viewed]

The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is scheduled to take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.  

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