International Negotiations

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: Second Session of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ [viewed]

In its resolution 69/292 of 19 June 2015, the General Assembly decided to develop an international legally binding instrument under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ). To that end, it decided to establish, prior to holding an intergovernmental conference, a Preparatory Committee, to make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument under UNCLOS, taking into account the various reports of the Co-Chairs on the work of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of BBNJ. The second meeting of the Preparatory Committee on BBNJ will address, inter alia, marine genetic resources, area-based management tools, environmental impact assessments, capacity building, transfer of marine technology and crosscutting issues.  

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Event: ABNJ Regional Leaders Program [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and Global Ocean Forum (GOF) project on ‘Strengthening Global Capacity to Effectively Manage Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ)' is organizing the 2016 ABNJ Regional Leaders Program to strengthen the capacity of leaders from small island developing States (SIDS) and developing countries to address ABNJ resources and issues and to more effectively participate in global and regional ABNJ discussions. Selected leaders will participate in the first session of the Preparatory Committee to establish an international binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in ABNJ. Participants will also discuss global and regional ABNJ policy frameworks and processes and issues related to biodiversity conservation and fisheries. Eight leaders will be selected to participate.  

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Event: Briefing by UN Secretary-General on 2016 Priorities [viewed]

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will brief UN Member States on his priorities for 2016 during an informal meeting of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).  

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CITES SC66 Opens, Focuses on Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

cites11 January 2016: The sixty-sixth meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC66) has opened in Geneva, Switzerland. Chair Øystein Størkersen, Norway, emphasized the busy agenda and highlighted some of CITES' successes as well as key international developments: stronger alliances with other organizations; UN General Assembly resolution 69/314 on tackling illicit trafficking in wildlife; and the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Event: UNFCCC COP 23 [viewed]

The 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) will will meet in Asia at a location to be determined.  

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Event: 69th Session of the IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.  

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