International Negotiations

Event: General Debate of UNGA Second Committee [viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Second Committee (Economic and Financial) will begin its substantive programme of work for the 70th session with a keynote address and General Debate. The provisional programme of work (calendar) for the Session is available online: http://www.un.org/en/ga/second/70/calendar.pdf.  

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Heads of State and Government Adopt 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development [viewed]

post2015_summit27 September 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a summit of heads of State and Government, with many speakers calling the agreement a historic moment in forging a sustainable pathway for people and the planet.

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African Group Proposes Standing Committee on IGC [viewed]

wipo23 September 2015: The African Group is asking the General Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to transform the committee that is tasked with finding a way to protect genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore from misappropriation into a standing committee, which would avoid having to seek renewal of the committee's existence every two years.

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Contracting Parties to Noumea Convention Convene for Thirteenth Meeting [viewed]

SPREP17 September 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has reported that discussions at the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Noumea Convention, or 'SPREP Convention,' focused on the protection, management and development of the marine and coastal environment.

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Event: Preparatory Committee on BBNJ [viewed]

Pursuant to General Assembly resolution 69/292 the Preparatory Committee will make substantive recommendations to the General Assembly on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The preparatory committee will start its work in 2016, meeting from 28 March to 8 April and from 29 August to 12 September 2016.  

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Guest Article #51: SDG at Sea [viewed]

A novelty of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is their strong focus on the ocean. Fifteen years ago, the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) ignored the importance of the ocean for sustainable development, apart from a small reference to sustainable fishing and marine protected areas. Yet the global ocean, which covers nearly three-quarters of the surface of our planet and plays a central role for all terrestrial life, is on a severe trajectory of decline, as shown last year in the Global Ocean Commission's report, ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.'

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Event: Fourth Meeting of the ITPGR Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the MLS [viewed]

The fourth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-Sharing (ABS) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) will commence on 2 October, immediately before the sixth meeting of the ITPGR Governing Body (GB) to be held from 5-9 October, and, depending on progress, may continue its work during the GB session from 5-7 October. The Working Group has been focusing on measures to enhance the functioning of the MLS, including: increasing the availability of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA); strengthening non-monetary benefit-sharing mechanisms; developing a subscription model/system for users of PGRFA; amending the standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA) to make it more user-friendly; exploring other ways to enhance income to the Benefit-sharing Fund; and expanding the ABS provisions of the Treaty.  

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UNCCD African Focal Points Highlight COP 12-SDG Links [viewed]

african_unccd9 September 2015: African Focal Points to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) have formulated regional positions for the 12th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the UNCCD. Noting that some items on the COP 12 agenda fall outside "the normal trend of the African agenda and … will determine the future of this Convention,” the meeting paid particular attention to proposed strategies for integrating targets for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) within UNCCD implementation.

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Global Stakeholders Call for Expanded SDG Indicator on Land [viewed]

globaldonorplataformSeptember 2015: The Global Donor Working Group on Land has endorsed an expanded land rights indicator for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It aims to address concerns among stakeholders that the indicator recommended by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) leaves out the “critical component” of secure land rights for a transformational post-2015 development agenda.

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Event: UNFF AHEG2 [viewed]

The second meeting of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Ad Hoc Expert Group (AHEG) of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF) is expected to develop proposals on a range of legal and financing options with regard to forests.  

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