Science, Assessment & Monitoring

CITES Provides Recommendations on CoP17 Proposals [viewed]

cites_cop1723 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) presented its recommendations on the proposals to amend the Appendices of the Convention. Parties will draw upon these evaluations and recommendations to draft their decisions for the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17). The CITES Secretariat has also commented on the 45 documents submitted by Parties ahead of CoP17.

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Event: 1st International River Summit 2016 [viewed]

This conference, organized by the River Water User Association (India), will convene under the theme, 'Global Threat to Water Security and Biodiversity'. The conference will address: strategies and solutions for water management and conservation, drought and flood mitigation, crop production in a changing climate, and improvement of urban and rural water quality and river flows. The conference will focus on five sub-themes: water demand and storage potential in river basins; climate change impacts on hydrology, water resources and agriculture; threats to world's rivers, lakes, wetlands and freshwater systems; sustainable watershed planning for regeneration of river flows; and river biodiversity and ecosystem sustainability and restoration. Scientists, researchers, government officials, businesses, NGOs and students from a variety of relevant fields will participate in the conference. Abstracts may be submitted to the scientific committee until 1 September 2016.  

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Inaugural African Drought Conference Issues Windhoek Declaration, Adopts Strategic Framework [viewed]

unccd_namibia_au19 August 2016: The High-Level Meeting of the inaugural African Drought Conference, comprising African member States and Parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), adopted an overarching Strategic Framework to enhance resilience to the impact of drought events in Africa, issued the 'The Windhoek Declaration,' and underscored the importance of drought resilience in achieving Land Degradation Neutrality (LDN) under the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Event: Third Meeting of the GRASP Council [viewed]

The third meeting of the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) Council will address climate change, sustainable palm oil and illegal trade, as well as a proposal to add gibbons to the GRASP mandate. Governments, research institutions, conservation organizations, UN agencies and the private sector will attend the meeting. The Convention on Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) will hold the Third Meeting of Parties to the Gorilla Agreement (GA MOP3) in parallel with the GRASP Council, so that the two organizations can streamline efforts to conserve gorillas in Africa. GRASP is comprised of 105 partners, and the Council meets every four years to set global priorities and targets for the conservation of chimpanzees, gorillas, bonobos and orangutans and their habitats in Asia and Africa. GRASP's six priorities areas include: political advocacy, illegal trade, green economy, disease monitoring, conflict sensitive conservation and habitat protection. GRASP was founded in 2001 to ensure the long-term survival of great apes, all of which are either endangered or critically endangered. The GRASP Secretariat is co-hosted by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).  

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IPBES Announces Co-Chairs for Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services [viewed]

ipbes15 August 2016: The Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) has announced the Co-Chairs of the 'Global Assessment on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services.' The Assessment will be led by Sandra Díaz, National University of Córdoba and National Research Council of Argentina; Eduardo S. Brondízio, Indiana University, U.S.; and Josef Settele, Helmholtz Center for Environmental Research (UFZ), Germany.

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Event: High-Level Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance [viewed]

The President of the UN General Assembly is convening this one-day, high-level meeting for Member States, civil society, the private sector and academic institutions, to highlight the global public health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), and to strengthen political commitment to addressing the issue. The meeting will emphasize the role and the responsibilities of governments and intergovernmental organizations, particularly the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in undertaking a "One Health" approach in the areas of human and veterinary medicine, agriculture, finance and consumer action. The meeting is being convened in accordance with UNGA resolutions 70/183 of 17 December 2015 and 70/297 of 25 July 2016. The meeting will include an opening and a closing segment (in the Trusteeship Council Chamber), a plenary segment for general discussions (in the Trusteeship Council Chamber) and two interactive hour-long thematic panels (in the ECOSOC Chamber).  

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Event: Third Session of the Team of Technical and Legal Experts on Access and Benefit-Sharing [viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (CGRFA) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), this meeting will discuss the outputs of the CGRFA's Intergovernmental Technical Working Groups (ITWGs) on forest, plant, aquatic, and animal genetic resources for food and agriculture with regard to access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilization (ABS). The meeting will aim to develop consolidated input for the consideration of sub-sector specific elements for ABS regarding genetic resources for food and agriculture at the sixteenth session of the CGRFA to be held in early 2017.  

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Policy Update #22: Monthly Forecast: August 2016 [viewed]

The month of August will involve fewer face-to-face meetings than the first half of the year, as the UN transitions from one working session to the next. Preparations will be underway, however, for a number of key events that will take place during the final quarter of 2016.

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CGIAR Research Program on Dryland Systems Releases Annual Report [viewed]

CGIAR2 August 2016: The 2015 Annual Report of the CGIAR Research Program (CRP) on Dryland Systems, which is titled ‘Towards Sustainable Livelihood in Drylands,' highlights improvements to the livelihoods of 1.6 billion people in 2015. It further notes that the scientific evidence, tools and practices generated through Dryland Systems' integrated systems approach to agricultural research helped to shape global policies to mitigate land and resource degradation “in three billion hectares of drylands.”

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23rd Session of FAO COFO Supports 'New Agenda for Forests' [viewed]

cofo2325 July 2016: Participants of the 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which convened in conjunction with the 5th World Forest Week, involved a series of discussions, events and publication launches under the theme, 'Shaping a new agenda for forests.'

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