International Negotiations

IPBES-3 Adopts 2014-2018 Work Programme [viewed]

ipbes17 January 2015: The third session of the Plenary of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES-3) concluded with delegates adopting a number of decisions, including on: the work programme for 2014-2018; a stakeholder engagement strategy (SES); a communications and outreach strategy; the financial and budgetary arrangements; and rules of procedure for the Platform on, inter alia, the conflict of interest (COI) policy.

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UNFF AHEG2 Keeps All Options on Table for IAF [viewed]

aheg215 January 2015: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) second meeting of the Open-Ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group on the International Arrangement on Forests (AHEG2) completed its work, setting the stage for discussions at the upcoming eleventh meeting of the UNFF (UNFF11) in May 2015. While all options officially remain on the table, AHEG2 informally identified those options for the future of the International Agreement on Forests (IAF) that have the most support and appear to be the most feasible.

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Biovision Paper Outlines Concerns on Food and Nutrition Security in Post-2015 Negotiations [viewed]

Biovision14 January 2014: Biovision-Foundation for Ecological Development has published a discussion paper outlining the priorities of several organizations for the final stage of the post-2015 negotiations, including on means of implementation, finance, monitoring and accountability, indicators, and goals and targets.

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Event: CBD 20th Meeting of SBSTTA and First Meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation [viewed]

The twentieth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 20) and the first meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back, in Montreal, Canada.  

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Event: CBD 19th Meeting of SBSTTA and 9th Meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention [viewed]

The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA 19) and the ninth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will be held back to back.  

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Event: CBD COP 13, COP-MOP 8 to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and COP-MOP 2 to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

The thirteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP-MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP-MOP 2), will be held back-to-back, in Los Cabos, Mexico.  

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Policy Update #7: A New International Instrument Enters into Force: The First Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing [viewed]

The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) entered into force on 12 October 2014, with 54 ratifications at the time.[1] In accordance with the provisions of its Article 26(6), the first meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (COP/MOP 1) to the Nagoya Protocol was held from 13-17 October 2014, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the CBD.

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Event: 66th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe: Committing to Action on Sustainable Development in Times of Change [viewed]

The 66th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) will serve as the Regional Forum for Sustainable Development and give input to the 2015 high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF). The high-level dialogue of this meeting will discuss, inter alia: how to transform the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into guidelines, standards, regulations and policies so as to help countries to achieve the goals and take action at the regional level; and how to develop a framework for accountability and monitoring of sustainable development. High-level thematic discussions will also be held and focus on actions and commitments. These discussions will address: sustainable energy and resilient communities; sustainable management of ecosystems and natural resources;connectivity and competitiveness for sustainable lives; measuring and monitoring sustainable development; and partnering for sustainable development.  

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Event: UNCCD CRIC 13 [viewed]

The thirteenth session of the Committee for the Review of the Implementation of the Convention (CRIC 13) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) will take place two weeks after the UNCCD 3rd Scientific Conference and fourth special session of the Committee on Science and Technology (CST S-4). CRIC 13 will be preceded by Consultations of affected country Parties of the Convention's Regional Implementation Annexes on 23 and 24 March 2015. Delegates will also discuss how to integrate ongoing processes to align national action programmes with the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relating to sustainable land management.  

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Event: Meeting of the UNFF 11 Bureau [viewed]

The Bureau of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF 11) will convene in order to follow up on decisions from UNFF 10 as well as to continue preparations for UNFF 11, which will be held 4-15 May 2015.  

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