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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Guest Article #60: Why Legal Timber Matters [viewed]

Have you ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where its wood came from? Or asked whose job it was to cut the logs that became your new bookcase? Whose trees were used to produce that pencil you're chewing on?

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IFAD Report: Inclusive Rural Development Key to Achieving SDGs [viewed]

IFAD14 September 2016: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the 2016 issue of the Rural Development Report, which analyzes lessons learned from IFAD's experiences in fostering inclusive rural transformation in over 60 countries across the world. The report, sub-titled 'Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformation,' highlights how such a transformation can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS [viewed]

CBD CITES13 September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions.

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OHRLLS Reports LDCs' Progress Towards Graduation [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS13 September 2016: The UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) released its 2016 report on the ‘State of Least Developed Countries' (LDCs), highlighting that at least ten countries are currently in the progress of graduating from LDC status. Titled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' the 2016 report takes on the special theme of 'Coherence and Synergies between the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda.'

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FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2 [viewed]

fao_usaid7 September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement to boost the capacity of developing countries to track agricultural data and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FAO-led project aims to design and implement agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS), a cost-effective approach to collecting agricultural data in developing countries.

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PrepCom 2 Identifies Areas of Convergence and Further Discussion on BBNJ Instrument [viewed]

prepcom212 September 2016: The second session of the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom 2) on the elements of a draft text of an international legally binding instrument (ILBI) under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biodiversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ) discussed proposals on the possible elements of an ILBI and engaged in a preliminary identification of possible areas of convergence of views and of issues requiring further discussion.

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UNGA Adopts Modalities for SDG 14 Conference [viewed]

goal_149 September 2016: UN Member States have agreed on the modalities for the high-level UN Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, which calls to “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.” By the modalities decision, which was agreed through a silence procedure on 7 September and adopted in plenary on 9 September, the Conference will take place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 5-9 June 2017. Fiji and Sweden will retain co-hosting responsibilities by assuming the costs of the Conference and its preparatory process.

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Event: Conference on Vulnerable States and Territories: Special Session on the Blue Economy [viewed]

This event is taking place in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and will focus on climate change and oceans and the blue economy.  

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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