International Negotiations

ITTC Announces US$8.3 Million in Funding, Deliberates ITTO Executive Director Appointment [viewed]

ITTC-508 November 2014: The 50th session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC-50) came to a close with delegates authorizing US$8.3 million in financing for International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) activities such as capacity building for transboundary biodiversity conservation, and continued implementation of thematic programmes focused on trade and market transparency, forest governance and reducing deforestation. The Council also undertook lengthy discussions on the appointment of the next ITTO Executive Director.

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Illegal Killing, Trapping and Trade in Birds in Focus at CMS COP11 [viewed]

cms-cop106 November 2014: At the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), in Quito, Ecuador, countries are taking steps to combat the illegal killing, trapping and trade of birds. Parties are also considering including the Great Bustard in Appendix I of the Convention and are expected to agree on a Global Action Plan for the Saker Falcon.

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UNFF Releases Voluntary Reports for UNFF11 [viewed]

Unff 2November 2014: The UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) has made available the reports from member States and regional and sub-regional entities on progress in implementation of the Non-legally Binding Instrument on all Types of Forests and the Global Objectives on Forests.

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Event: INTERLAKEN+10: Governing Forest Landscapes [viewed]

The Governments of Indonesia, Mexico, South Africa, Switzerland and Ukraine will convene the Country Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF). The theme for this CLI, which will focus on forest governance, is ‘lessons learnt from ten years of experience and the way forward post-2015'. The meeting is meant to generate recommendations on how to integrate forest governance into the UNFF and the post-2015 development agenda. This event will be the last meeting before the eleventh session of the UNFF, where the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF), the governance framework of the global forest policy dialogue, will be reviewed.  

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Major Groups Establish Liaison Organization to UNFF [viewed]

Unff5 November 2014: In order to coordinate Major Groups' input to the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), an international organization, titled Major Groups Partnership on Forests (MGPoF), has been established and is now open for member registration.

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Guest Article #41: An Untapped Potential: Wildlife NGOs and the CMS Family [viewed]

Since Germany enlisted the legal experts at the International Union for Conservation of Nature's (IUCN) Environmental Law Centre[1] to produce a text that could be the basis for the negotiation of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), wildlife Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) have been part of the fabric and culture of CMS.

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CCAMLR Adopts Measures on Toothfish, Vessel Monitoring, Defers MPA Proposals [viewed]

ccamlrOctober 2014: Member countries of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) agreed on measures to conserve marine living resources in Antarctica at the 33rd annual meeting of the Commission, but did not reach consensus on two proposals on marine protected areas (MPAs). Agreements focused on, inter alia: catch limits for CCAMLR-managed fisheries; the toothfish; and the southwest Atlantic krill fisheries.

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CMS COP11 Opens with High-Level Segment [viewed]

CMS3 November 2014: The eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP11) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) opened in Quito, Ecuador, with a High-Level Ministerial Panel on 'Uniting the Rights of Nature and the Green Economy: Finding Solutions to Protecting International Wildlife.'

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Workshop on IAF Beyond 2015 Provides Input to Ad Hoc Expert Group [viewed]

wiaf201531 October 2014: The Workshop on the International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015, a Country-Led Initiative (CLI) in support of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF), examined and considered options for a renewed IAF based on strengths and weaknesses of the current IAF, as reported at the first meeting of the UNFF Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) as well as the report of an independent assessment.

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Event: Expert Group Meeting on an Optional Protocol to UNDRIP [viewed]

This group will discuss a study of the possibility of an optional protocol to the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), focusing on land, territories and resource rights, as well as the right to self-determination, self-government and autonomy. The results of the meeting will be reported to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) at its fourteenth session in May 2015.  

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