International Negotiations

Event: High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2016) [viewed]

The Fourth High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place on 11-15 July 2016, followed by a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 18-20 July 2016. The theme of the 2016 session will be 'Ensuring that no one is left behind,' as decided in an ECOSOC plenary session on 14 March 2016.  

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September 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

September 2015 Climate2 October 2015: During the month of September, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) reported on new funding, and project news and other climate finance-related developments. Multilateral development banks, climate funds, and others released studies, briefs and reports, including on carbon pricing and climate resilience, and reported on events on climate finance readiness and disaster risk financing.

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ITPGRFA Governing Body to Discuss Enhancement of MLS on Access and Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

ITPGR5 October 2015: The sixth session of the Governing Body (GB 6) of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) is convening from 5-9 October 2015, to discuss, among other issues, a proposal for a package of measures that would enhance the functioning of its Multilateral System on Access and Benefit-sharing (MLS) for Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (PGRFA), as well as the Global Information System for PGRFA, farmers' rights, and the sustainable use of PGRFA.

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Intersessional Working Group Proposes Subscription System for ABS under the ITPGRFA MLS [viewed]

ITPGR2 October 2015: The Ad Hoc Open-ended Working Group to Enhance the Functioning of the Multilateral System (MLS) of Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) established under the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA) made a series of recommendations to the sixth session of the ITPGRFA Governing Body (GB 6). Proposed tasks for further work include elaboration of a subscription system for user-based payments to the MLS and revision of the Standard Material Transfer Agreement (SMTA).

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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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