International Negotiations

Policy Update #20: Monthly Forecast: April 2016 [viewed]

As the international sustainable development community begins the fourth month of the “2016 Year of Implementation,” a number of events will demonstrate how various entities are approaching the implementation of the three key outcomes from the “2015 Year of Decision”: the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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UNFCCC Reports on Technical Assessment Process for Forest Reference Levels [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report, titled 'Technical assessment process for proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels submitted by developing country Parties' (FCCC/SBSTA/2016/INF.2), which outlines challenges faced by the Secretariat in organizing and coordinating the annual technical assessment sessions, as well as steps taken to overcome them.

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IPBES Approves Assessments on Pollinators, Scenarios and Modelling [viewed]

ipbes428 February 2016: The Fourth Plenary session of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-4) approved summaries for policy makers (SPMs) of the Platform's first assessments on Pollination, Pollinators and Food Production, and on Scenarios and Models for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. Delegates also launched several new assessments and elected Robert Watson (UK) as the Platform's new Chair.

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UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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Mediterranean Ministers Renew Commitment to Protect Marine Environment [viewed]

unep_map_4012 February 2016: Ministers from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union (EU) adopted the Athens Declaration, in which they pledge to protect biodiversity, manage coastal zones, increase resilience to climate change and prevent pollution from marine exploration, marine transport and land-based activities. The Declaration reaffirms Party commitments to implement the instruments of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols and the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). The Athens Declaration will be forwarded to the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

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December 2015-February 2016 NAMA Update [viewed]

nama_update14 February 2016: This update provides information about individual nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) by developing countries, and related support, publications and events for the period from December 2015 to mid-February 2016. During this period, NAMAs registered as seeking support included ones on rural electrification in the Gambia and efficient use of biomass in Georgia. NAMAs in the Lao People's Democratic Republic (PDR), Vanuatu, Peru, Colombia, Kenya and China received support. Several reports, guides and other publications on NAMAs were also launched during this period.

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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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Policy Update #16: Living in Harmony with Nature to Transform Our World: The CBD's Contribution to SDG Implementation [viewed]

Part 1: The CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020 and the Aichi Biodiversity Targets

Bottom-up implementation – the principle whereby countries select their own targets, strategies and reporting modalities for implementation – is a key feature of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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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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