International Negotiations

Palau Becomes First Pacific Country to Ratify IUU Fishing Agreement [viewed]

fao_palau1 December 2015: Palau has ratified the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing, becoming the first Pacific country to do so, and the Agreement's 15th Party. President of Palau Tommy Remengesau submitted his country's ratification with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Director-General, on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference.

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Paris Climate Change Conference Opens with Financial Pledges at Leaders Event [viewed]

iisdrs_cop2130 November 2015: Heads of State and Government attending the Leaders Event on the first day of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC COP 21) addressed, inter alia: the inclusion of gender for ensuring climate justice; the importance of differentiation; the legal form of the agreement; the periodicity of the review process; transparency and accountability rules; whether or not to anchor loss and damage in a permanent mechanism; the role of natural capital accounting; the link between climate change and development; balancing mitigation and adaptation finance; technology transfer in providing mitigation support; and the need to address the degradation of forests, desertification, and biodiversity loss.

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ITTC-51 Addresses Transparency-Related Matters, Loss of Funds Due to Failed Investments [viewed]

ittc5122 November 2015: Observer participation and a disclosed loss of funds due to high-risk investments, as well as selection of a new Executive Director for the Organization, were the focus of discussions at the 51st session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-51) and the associated sessions of its four Committees, which convened from 16-21 November 2015, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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MOP7 Marks Global Opening of UNECE Water Convention, Adopts Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

United Nations19 November 2015: The seventh Meeting of the Parties (MOP7) to the 1992 Helsinki Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes marked the global opening of the Convention to countries beyond the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, adopted a reporting mechanism, and endorsed a policy guidance note on assessing the benefits of transboundary cooperation on water issues.

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Policy Update #13: Combating Desertification through Multilateral Action [viewed]

From 12-23 October 2015, delegates who had convened for the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD COP 12) considered whether the Convention would take on a goal akin to the Aichi Targets for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the objective of limiting temperature increases to 2˚C from pre-industrial levels for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

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AEWA MOP6 Adopts 22 Resolutions and 6 Action Plans [viewed]

aewa_mop614 November 2015: The Sixth session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP6) to the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA), administered by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), ended with the adoption of 22 resolutions, including action plans for seabirds and guidelines for the sustainable use of waterbirds across the African-Eurasian Flyway.

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CBD SBSTTA 19 and Article 8(j) Working Group Progress Biodiversity Mainstreaming, Guidelines on PIC and TK Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

Co-Chair Jae Choe (Republic of Korea), on behalf of the COP 12 Presidency, gaveled the meeting to a close at 1:18 pm.9 November 2015: Allowing for more input from representatives of indigenous peoples and local communities, the 19th meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) made progress on agenda items related to biodiversity mainstreaming, while the concurrent meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions developed guidelines on prior informed consent (PIC) and fair and equitable benefit-sharing from the use of traditional knowledge (TK).

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CBD SBSTTA 19 and 9th Meeting of Working Group on Article 8(j) to Address Series of Scientific and Traditional Knowledge-Related Issues [viewed]

CBD2 November 2015: The nineteenth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) opened on 2 November in Montreal, Canada, and will continue until 5 November 2015, to address, among other items, strategic, scientific and technical issues related to the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. Organized concurrently, the ninth meeting of the CBD Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group on Article 8(j) and Related Provisions will convene from 4-7 November 2015 to address issues related to the implementation of CBD Article 8(j) on traditional knowledge.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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CITES PC22 Considers Species Listings in Advance of CoP17 [viewed]

cites_p2223 October 2105: The twenty-second meeting of the Plants Committee (PC22) of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has recommended, inter alia: PC commitment to continue working with Madagascar on the implementation of the Action Plan for Malagasy ebonies and Malagasy rosewoods, noting however strong concern that no information has as yet been provided on the status of implementation of elements of the Action Plan; and the adoption of a Review of Significant Trade (RST) process that provides for greater transparency.

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