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Asia-Pacific Countries Take Action on Forestry, Freshwater Resources, Illegal Logging and Wildlife Trade [viewed]

asian_pacificApril 2016: Countries in Asia and the Pacific have engaged in a range of recent project activities and workshops that aim to promote forestry, biodiversity and coastal wetland conservation, ensure sufficient freshwater resources and address threats from illegal trade in wildlife, illegal logging and invasive alien species (IAS).

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UNEP Report Describes Benefits of Blue Economy [viewed]

UNEP LogoFebruary 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report highlighting six case studies that: reflect the diversity and flexibility of the ‘blue economy' concept; illustrate how economic indicators and development strategies can better reflect the true value of ocean benefits; and demonstrate practical applications that can be implemented at the regional, country and community levels. In the forward to the report, titled ‘Blue Economy: Sharing Success Stories to Inspire Change,' UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner expressed that "ocean related issues are integral to most of the Sustainable Development Goals and to the transition towards the inclusive green economy."

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UN Releases First World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

United Nations26 January 2016: The UN has published the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, also known as the 'First World Ocean Assessment.' The assessment is expected to provide a scientific basis for consideration of ocean issues, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).

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IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling [viewed]

iwc21 January 2016: The January 2016 International Whaling Commission (IWC) Bulletin highlights IWC's efforts to address entanglement response and mass strandings, as well as to promote sustainable whalewatching in Indian Ocean rim countries. The Bulletin also provides an update on IWC's planned engagement with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2016.

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Blue Economy Summit Discusses Implementation of SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

blue_economy_summit23 January 2016: Participants at the Second Blue Economy Summit adopted the Abu Dhabi 2016 Blue Economy Declaration, which urges States, international agencies and donors to take action and facilitate the application of the blue economy to realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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GEF-UNEP-SPREP Pacific Project Considers Roadmap for Future Island Biodiversity Activities [viewed]

GEF UNEP30 November 2015: Participants discussed a roadmap for integrating project results into national and community-level planning processes at the final review meeting of the Global Environment Facility's Pacific Alliance for Sustainability (GEFPAS) Integrated Island Biodiversity (IIB) project. The project, which included activities in the Cook Islands, Nauru, Tonga and Tuvalu, is scheduled to officially close in June 2016.

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CTI-CFF Senior Officials Endorse 2016 Programs of Work, Admit Brunei Darussalam [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative15 December 2015: Participants at the 11th Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM-11) agreed on a number of decisions, including on the admission of Brunei Darussalam as a CTI-CFF member, a report on activities of the CTI-CFF since SOM-10 and the 2016 budget.

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COP 21 Considers Revised Draft Paris Outcome [viewed]

cop21_day1110 December 2015: Negotiations continued on the draft outcome of the Paris Climate Change Conference on Thursday, 10 December, with COP 21 President Laurent Fabius introducing a revised draft text in the evening. Fabius said there are “open options” on the most complex issues of differentiation, finance and ambition, and asked delegates to examine the document with a "new perspective,” keeping the final agreement in mind, suggesting “we are extremely close to the finish line.” Following a second night of negotiations, delegates were told on Friday that the sixth meeting of the Comité de Paris would convene Saturday morning, 12 December, during which a final draft of the proposed Paris Outcome would be presented.

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Oceans Day Urges Single Climate-Ocean Agenda [viewed]

cop214 December 2015: Participants at the Paris Climate Change Conference Oceans Day urged that climate change and oceans be addressed as a "single agenda." They recommended ways to advance this agenda both within and outside the UNFCCC and welcomed actions through Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 13 and 14, on climate and oceans, respectively.

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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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