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Second Committee Discusses Agriculture, Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

unga6928 October 2014: The UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed Agriculture development, food security and nutrition, beginning with an introduction to this year's report of the UN Secretary-General on the topic (A/69/279). Nikhil Seth, UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), highlighted the importance of food security, nutrition and sustainable agriculture in the post-2015 development agenda.

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Guest Article #40: Breadth and Collaboration at the 65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission pre-dates the term biodiversity by several decades, but in 1946, the founding members of the IWC had grasped the need to conserve species. At that time, the imperative of those whaling nations was wholly commercial, but nevertheless, they acknowledged the importance of conservation as well as regulation, when they created the Convention that continues to underpin the work of the IWC today.

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International Tropical Timber Council Opens 50th Session [viewed]

Itto3 November 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) has opened the 50th meeting of its governing body, the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC), and the associated sessions of its Committees in Yokohama, Japan. ITTC-50 will be the third meeting of the Council since the International Tropical Timber Agreement, 2006 (ITTA, 2006) entered into force on 7 December 2011.

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Sharks High on the Agenda at CMS COP11 [viewed]

CMS31 October 2014: In the run up to the eleventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS COP11), the CMS Secretariat published an editorial highlighting the urgent need for global protection of sharks, noting that the shark-diving industry can be worth more than the shark-fishing industry.

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UN-REDD Explores Reference Level Setting [viewed]

unredd31 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) has released a report on approaches for establishing 'Forest Reference Emission Levels and/or Forest Reference Levels' (FREL/FRLs), which are relevant for climate change mitigation efforts such as REDD+.

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UN-REDD Launches REDD+ Academy in Indonesia [viewed]

UNREDD-UNORCID31 October 2014: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation (UN-REDD) launched the REDD+ Academy in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. The launch event targeted REDD+ practitioners and decision-makers in the Asia-Pacific region and drew over 80 participants.

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UN Holds Inaugural World Cities Day [viewed]

worldcitiesday31 October 2014: The first-ever World Cities Day aimed to promote sustainable urban development, raise awareness about the role of urbanization in everyday lives and celebrate the positive impact that well-managed urbanization can have on environmental, economic and social development. Celebrations took place globally, including at UN Headquarters in New York, US, and in Shanghai, China.

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IWC Bulletin Highlights IWC65 Agreements, Endangered Status of Vaquita [viewed]

iwcOctober 2014: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) released its October Bulletin, which features news and updates on developments at the 65th meeting of the IWC (IWC65), a memorandum of cooperation (MoC) on the conservation of the North Pacific gray whale, concern regarding the vaquita population and workshops on entanglement response, among other items.

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European Commission JRC Study Identifies Areas at Risk of Desertification [viewed]

EU-SE4ALL22 October 2014: A study by the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (JRC) has identified areas in South America, Africa and Asia at climatological risk of desertification. The study, which used information from two indexes, found significant shifts in climate zones resulting from changes in the global hydrological cycle. As a result, arid areas have increased by 1.4-3.4% globally.

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WAZA, WFEN and OuTrop Join GRASP [viewed]

GRASPOctober 2014: The Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) has added three new partners: the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network (WFEN), and the Orangutan Tropical Peatland Trust (OuTrop). The new additions bring the partnership to 98 members.

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