International Negotiations

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 (Part I) [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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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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Event: 116th 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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Policy Update #14: Demystifying International Environmental Law [viewed]

In the final hours of the Paris Climate Change Conference negotiations, agreement was nearly derailed by a single word. The word “shall” appeared where negotiators had agreed the provision should start with “should.” For some countries, reverting “shall” back to “should” had legal implications with regard to their mitigation obligations. For those unfamiliar with the nuances of environmental law, the stand-off over these rather similar words might have seemed trivial, belying the nature of international negotiations. The reality is, however, that the carefully crafted language of multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) matters, and has enormous implications on an agreement's form and function.

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Event: Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement [viewed]

The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) will convene from 23 to 27 May. The Resumed Review Conference is mandated to assess the effectiveness of the agreement and the adequacy of its provisions and, if necessary, to propose means of strengthening the substance and methods of implementation of those provisions. The first Review Conference took place in 2006, followed by a resumed Review Conference in 2010.  

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Event: 17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea [viewed]

The 17th Meeting of the UN Open-ended Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea will convene from 13-17 June. The Consultative Process is intended to facilitate the annual review by the General Assembly of developments in ocean affairs and the law of the sea by considering the Secretary-General's report on oceans and the law of the sea and by suggesting particular issues to be considered by the General Assembly, with an emphasis on identifying areas where coordination and cooperation at the intergovernmental and inter-agency levels should be enhanced.  

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