Northern America

US-Brazil Intensify Collaboration on Climate Change [viewed]

us-brazil30 June 2015: During an official visit to Washington DC, US, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff agreed with US President Barack Obama to intensify the collaboration between the two countries, both bilaterally and under the UNFCCC. They issued a Joint US-Brazil Statement on Climate Change that addresses: leadership on the road to the Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015; ambitious climate action; the launch of a Brazil-US Joint Initiative on Climate Change; cooperation on sustainable land use; and cooperation on clean energy and on climate change adaptation.

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Operation COBRA III Highlights Success of International Cooperation in Combatting Wildlife Crime [viewed]

europol18 June 2015: Operation COBRA III, an international law enforcement operation undertaken in May 2015 with the aim of combating wildlife crime and bringing criminals to justice, resulted in 139 arrests and more than 247 seizures, including of elephant ivory, medicinal plants, rhinoceros horns, pangolins, rosewood and tortoises.

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AEWA Celebrates 20th Anniversary, Action Against Elephant Poaching Increased [viewed]

cites-aewa-cmsJune 2015: This month, the Agreement on the Conservation of African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbirds (AEWA) marked its 20th anniversary. On this occasion, AEWA Executive Secretary Jacques Trouvilliez emphasized that through AEWA, the international community has built an effective tool to work together to conserve migratory waterbirds along their flyways.

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G7 Schloss Elmau Declaration Affirms Copenhagen Accord on US$100 Billion for Climate [viewed]

G7 Germany8 June 2015: G7 leaders issued a wide-ranging outcome document, the Schloss Elmau Declaration, at the close of their two-day meeting in Germany, in which they affirmed the 2009 Copenhagen Accord agreement to raise US$100 billion in annual climate financing from public and private sources, committed to make the Green Climate Fund fully operational in 2015, and promised action on the post-2015 sustainable development goals (SDGs), resource efficiency, marine litter and renewable energy.

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Event: MOP7 of the UNECE Water Convention [viewed]

The seventh session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention will discuss progress and challenges related to transboundary water cooperation worldwide. In this regard, it will adopt new tools to assess the benefits of transboundary water cooperation and the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus as well as the Convention's programme of work for 2016-2018. The Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) was adopted in Helsinki in 1992 and entered into force in 1996. Almost all countries sharing transboundary waters in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) are Parties to the Convention. The meeting marks the transition of the Convention to a global legal framework for transboundary water cooperation and is expected to bring together nearly 300 representatives of more than 70 countries from all over the world, and from many non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations.  

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MRV, Multiple Benefits and Long Term Planning Are Focus of REDD+ Efforts [viewed]

UN-REDD ProgrammeMay 2015: The UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries (UN-REDD) released the documents for the fourteenth meeting of its Policy Board, which will be held from 20-22 May 2015.

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Event: United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder

forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015. The session will address UNEP's contributions to the United

Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. It will also inform participants

about the implementation of key decisions from the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), including resolutions regarding air quality, chemicals with a focus on lead in paint, and illegal trade in wildlife.  

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US, Colombia, Designate Ramsar Sites Ahead of COP 12 [viewed]

Ramsar27 April 2015: The Governments of Colombia and the US have designated new Ramsar sites, ahead of the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Contracting Parties to the Ramsar Convention (COP 12) in June 2015.

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IWC Gray Whale Research Documents Longest Mammal Migration [viewed]

iwcApril 2014: Research by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) has contributed to increased understanding on the distribution, movements and population structure of western and eastern North Pacific gray whale populations. IWC has coordinated a rangewide review of the North Pacific gray whale as part of its joint Conservation Management Plan (CMP) with the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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Arctic Council Meeting Concludes Canada's Chairmanship [viewed]

Arctic Council25 April 2015: The ninth Ministerial Meeting of the Arctic Council, which marked the end of Canada's Arctic Council chairmanship (2013-2015) and the start of the US chairmanship (2015-2017), brought together ministers of the eight Arctic States and leaders of the six Permanent Participant organizations of the Arctic Council. Ministers adopted the 2015 Iqaluit Declaration, which highlights the accomplishments of the past two years and sets the stage for the upcoming US chairmanship.

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