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Silva2015 Calls for Development of Forest-Related Indicators on SDGs [viewed]

Participants at Ssilva20156 November 2015: Silva2015, the joint session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), addressed the theme 'The Value of Forests.' The session gathered representatives from 39 countries from Europe, Central Asia, the Caucasus and North America, who pledged to continue their efforts to build climate change into national forest programmes, and asked UNECE and FAO to develop global forest-related indicators related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), building on existing indicators.

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Workshop on Illegal Trade in Cheetahs Makes Recommendations to CITES SC66 [viewed]

CITES5 November 2015: With the goal of furthering the work of the Intersessional Working Group on illegal trade in cheetahs, established at the 65th meeting of the Standing Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES SC65), Kuwait, under the leadership of Shereefa Al-salem, organized a workshop to review and exchange information on the illegal trade in cheetahs, and formulate targeted recommendations to combat it, including recommendations concerning the disposal of confiscated cheetahs.

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APEC Forest Ministers Stress SFM for Long-Term Sustainable Development [viewed]

apec28 October 2015: At their meeting held from 27-29 October 2015, in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, the Ministers Responsible for Forestry of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) endorsed the Eda Statement, which highlights the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) in achieving long-term sustainable socioeconomic development in the region.

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Indonesia Burning: Update [viewed]

Indonesia BurningNovember 2015: As fires continue to burn across millions of hectares in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) of the CGIAR Consortium has produced a series of stories and videos based on research from its on-site scientists. The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has also expressed deep concern, underscoring the need to address the issue through a long-term integrated approach.

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ITTO Publishes Tropical Forest Update and Newsletter on CITES Tropical Tree Listings [viewed]

IttoOctober 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has published the latest issue of 'Tropical Forest Update,' which explores efforts to develop environmental product declarations for tropical timber as a way of providing credible data on their environmental performance and a fair basis for comparison between products performing similar functions. The Organization has also circulated the latest issue of the quarterly newsletter reporting on activities under the second phase of the ITTO-Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) Program for Implementing CITES Listings of Tropical Tree Species, covering a summary of program activities until August 2015.

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October 2015 Climate Finance Update [viewed]

adb_afdb_eib_ebdr_idb_cbd_wb_gcf_pmr_af_ifad_unepdtu_unfccc_un2 November 2015: During the month of October, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), the World Bank, the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund and others reported on funding, project news and other climate-related finance developments. Multilateral development banks, environmental funds and UN entities also released studies, newsletters and reports on, inter alia, food security, access to finance, green bonds, black carbon and private sector climate finance.

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OHRLLS Event Addresses Resilience Building for Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

UNOHRLLS30 October 2015: Participants discussed how to enhance disaster mitigation and resilience building for the least developed countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS), during a side event of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial), organized by the UN Office of the High Representative for the LDCs, LLDCs and SIDS (OHRLLS).

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CMS Saiga MOU Meeting Addresses Conservation, Challenges of Die-Offs and Poaching [viewed]

CMS29 October 2015: Representatives of the range States of the critically endangered saiga antelope and experts from various organizations met for the Third Meeting of the Signatories (MOS3) to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS) Memorandum of Understanding concerning Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Use of the Saiga Antelopes (Saiga MOU). Participants reviewed the Overview Report on Conservation Status and MOU Implementation and adopted the Draft Medium Term International Work Programme for the Saiga Antelope (2016-2020).

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OECD Publishes 2015 Indicators Report 'Environment at a Glance' [viewed]

OECD_NEW26 October 2015: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 'Environment at a Glance 2015,' which updates environmental, socio-economic and sectoral indicators for OECD countries. The publication, which provides an overview of OECD country progress on major environmental issues, is intended to inform policy development and evaluation.

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UNFCCC 2015 Momentum for Change Awards Announced [viewed]

UNFCCC27 October 2015: The Momentum for Change Lighthouse Activity awards, which honor innovative, scalable and replicable climate actions from around the world, have been announced. The 16 selected initiatives come from around the world and a variety of sectors, highlighting inspiring mitigation and adaptation activities. The announcement of the 2015 Lighthouse Activities comes as Parties to the UNFCCC prepare to adopt a universal climate change agreement at the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015.

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