International Negotiations

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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SC66 Addresses Compliance and Illegal Wildlife Trade in Advance of CITES CoP17 [viewed]

cites15 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee (SC66) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) discussed a long agenda to advance the conservation and sustainable use of fauna and flora, and address wildlife crime.

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Thailand Takes Over as G-77 Chair for 2016 [viewed]

G77logo12 January 2016: Thailand officially commenced its tenure as Chair of the Group of 77 (G-77), taking over from South Africa during a special ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York. Thailand announced the theme ‘From Vision to Action: Inclusive Partnership for Sustainable Development,' to be used as an underpinning principle during its chairmanship.

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GEF-FAO-GOF Program to Strengthen Capacity for Participation in ABNJ Negotiations [viewed]

common_oceansJanuary 2016: The Global Environment Facility (GEF), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' will seek to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues through the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program.

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Event: Preparatory Committee on BBNJ [viewed]

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 26 August to 9 September 2016.  

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