International Negotiations

CBD Secretariat Analyzes Status of Biodiversity in Post-2015 Zero Draft [viewed]

CBD19 June 2015: As an annex to a notification dated 19 June 2015, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated an 'Analysis of the Status of Biodiversity in the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post- 2015 Development Agenda.' The analysis highlights the extent to which the role of biodiversity for sustainable development is included in the zero draft, how the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and how national-level commitments might relate to the global aspirations of the SDGs.

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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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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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InforMEA Releases Explanatory Video [viewed]

InforMEAJune 2015: InforMEA, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-led project of the Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEA) Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, has released a video explaining the key functions of InforMEA.

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Event: 51st Session of the International Tropical Timber Council [viewed]

The meeting of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) will consider recommendations for tropical forest-related policies and approve financing for field-level projects. The ITTC serves as the governing body for the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO).  

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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Post-2015 Co-Facilitators Release Zero Draft of 'Transforming Our World' [viewed]

post20152 June 2015: The Co-Facilitators for the intergovernmental negotiation process on the post-2015 development agenda, David Donoghue of Ireland and Macharia Kamau of Kenya, have issued the zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, which will convene in September 2015. The zero draft, titled ‘Transforming our world by 2030: A new agenda for global action,' was circulated to UN Member States with a letter from UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Sam Kutesa on 2 June.

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Ramsar Convention Highlights "Dramatic Loss" of Global Wetlands as COP 12 Opens [viewed]

Ramsar1 June 2015: A Briefing Note released ahead of the 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands (COP 12) outlines the latest scientific evidence with regard to the continued loss of wetlands globally and asserts that policy makers “have sufficient information to understand the urgent need to take appropriate actions to conserve wetlands and their services to people.”

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