International Negotiations

UNFF Expert Group Discusses Strategic Plan, Programme of Action [viewed]

UNFF27 April 2016: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has held the first meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG1). The Expert Group, created during UNFF11, is tasked with developing: proposals on a replacement for the reference to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the UN Forest Instrument with an appropriate reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Strategic Plan for the period 2017-2030; and the quadrennial programme of work (4POW) for the period 2017-2020.

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Host of CBD COP 13 Releases Non-paper Supporting a Declaration on Biodiversity Mainstreaming [viewed]

mexico_cbd22 April 2016: Mexico intends to highlight the importance of biodiversity mainstreaming for the achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in its role as the host of the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 13) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), with the aim of facilitating the adoption of a ‘Cancun Declaration.' Mexico has prepared a non-paper outlining possible elements of the declaration.

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175 Parties Sign Paris Agreement, 15 Ratify Agreement on Earth Day [viewed]

iisdrs_paris_agreement22 April 2016: During the High-Level Signature Ceremony for the Paris Agreement on Climate Change held at the UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 April 2016, 175 Parties to the UNFCCC signed the Paris Agreement (174 countries and the EU), the largest ever number of first-day signatures to an international agreement. Of the 175 Parties that participated in the ceremony, 15 States deposited instruments of ratification. The signature ceremony was preceded, on 21 April, by the High-Level Thematic Debate on Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which highlighted the interlinkages among the actions necessary to address climate change and foster sustainable development, and a briefing on forest conservation and restoration that discussed the implications of the formal signing of the Paris Agreement.

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IMO Approves Mandatory Fuel Consumption Data Collection for Ships [viewed]

imo_mandatoryfuelconsumption22 April 2016: In a step toward determining what possible climate change actions are needed from the international shipping sector, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved a mandatory system for collecting data on ships' fuel consumption. Ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or more will have to record and report their consumption for every type of fuel they use to their flag State at the end of the calendar year. The flag State will determine whether the reporting meets requirements, issue a Statement of Compliance to the ship and transfer the data to the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database.

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African Environment Ministers Table Regional Priorities Ahead of UNEA-2 [viewed]

Amcen119 April 2016: Ministers of Environment and other high-level representatives from 45 African countries agreed to accelerate action on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife at the Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Participants also finalized a set of resolutions reflecting the region's priorities to be tabled at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in May 2016.

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Event: 23rd Session of the FAO Committee on Forestry (COFO 23) [viewed]

The 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) will bring together heads of forest services and other senior government officials to identify emerging policy and technical issues, seek solutions and to advise FAO and others on appropriate actions. COFO is the highest FAO forestry statutory body and meets every two years.  

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IPCC Plans Special Reports on a 1.5°C Limit, Land Use and Oceans During AR6 Cycle [viewed]

ipcc4313 April 2016: During the 43rd session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC-43), the Panel considered its role in supporting the implementation of the Paris Agreement as the IPCC embarks on its sixth assessment cycle. In planning for the cycle, the IPCC decided to undertake three special reports (SRs), flag cities as an SR for the seventh assessment report (AR7) cycle, refine the IPCC 2006 Guidelines for National Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Inventories through a methodology report and integrate regional aspects more thoroughly into AR6. It was also announced that Abdalah Mokssit (Morocco) will be the next IPCC Secretary.

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Event: Open Ended Working Group on Connecting Smallholders to Markets [viewed]

Convened as a "one-off" open-ended working group (OEWG), this meeting will finalize the outcomes of the High-Level Forum (HLF) on Connecting Smallholders to Markets in June 2015, in order to present recommendations to the 43rd Session of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS 43) for endorsement. The meeting follows a request by CFS 42 that the HLF outcomes, including the good practices and lessons presented in the background document and during the discussion, be further analyzed with a view to preparing a set of draft policy recommendations and practices. The meeting is expected to identify potential recommendations and practices aimed at overcoming barriers and maximizing opportunities for smallholders, as well as set out a process to finalize and agree on the final version of the document to be presented to the CFS 43 in October 2016.  

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IPPC Governing Body Discusses Management of Plant Pests and Risks Related to Sea Shipping Containers [viewed]

ippc8 April 2016: The eleventh annual meeting of the Commission on Phytosanitary Measures (CPM 11), the Governing Body of the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC), discussed, among other issues, phytosanitary standards for the management and treatment of plant pests and pathogens as well as risks relating to plant pest introduction through sea shipping containers. Held under the theme 'Plant Health for Food Security,' CPM 11 highlighted the role of plant pest management and phytosanitary measures for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal to "end hunger, achieve food security and improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture" (SDG 2).

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First PrepCom on BBNJ Makes Progress on Instrument under UNCLOS [viewed]

BBNJ11 April 2016: The first session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 1) on the elements of a draft text 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 biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) agreed on a number of procedural and substantial issues. The meeting marked the beginning of discussions on a formal process that is expected to lead to the adoption of a new UNCLOS implementing agreement on deep-sea biodiversity.

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