Northern America

Four Arctic Council Working Groups Address Cross-Cutting Issues at "Historic" Joint Meetings [viewed]

Arctic Council18 September 2015: Four of the six Arctic Council Working Groups met in parallel from 14-18 September 2015, in Tromsø, Norway. According to the Arctic Council Secretariat, the meeting was unprecedented, allowing the four Working Groups to meet in a joint session mid-week to discuss cross-cutting issues. Arctic State and indigenous Permanent Participant organization delegates to the Arctic Contaminants Action Program (ACAP), Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP), Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF) and Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) Working Groups were joined by accredited intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations and non-Arctic State observers for the meetings.

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Russia, US Sign Agreement to Combat IUU Fishing [viewed]

usa_russia11 September 2015: The Governments of the Russian Federation and the US have signed an agreement aimed at combating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing. The agreement focuses on enhancing coordination among the multiple government agencies in both countries responsible for this issue, facilitating cooperation to address the problem.

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UNECE and FAO Release Forest Products Annual Market Review [viewed]

unece_fao4 September 2015: Produced by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the 'Forest Products Annual Market Review 2014-2015' provides general and statistical information on forest products markets in 2014 and early 2015 in the UNECE region, as well as market influences from outside the region. It finds that the general condition of forest product markets continued to improve in North America and Europe in 2014, driven by positive economic developments, upward trends in housing and construction, and increasing consumption of roundwood and wood products.

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Wildlife Crime Prevention Gains Traction through Patrols, an Arrest and Dialogue [viewed]

apec_interpol_unepSeptember 2015: Anti-corruption authorities, customs bureaus and law enforcement agencies from the 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) members addressed illegal wildlife trafficking in the Asia-Pacific at the Pathfinder Dialogue II on 'Strengthening the Fight against Corruption and Illicit Trade'

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Birding Goes With Wastewater Treatment in UNEP Good Practice E-Book [viewed]

gpa26 August 2015: The Global Wastewater Initiative launched a compilation of best practices in wastewater treatment around the world, introducing innovations such as the development of artificial wetlands that have become a birdwatchers' haven, in combination with wastewater treatment ponds.

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Event: Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) [viewed]

The US Department of State is hosting the Conference on Global Leadership in the Arctic: Cooperation, Innovation, Engagement and Resilience (GLACIER) to highlight the most urgent issues facing the Arctic, as well as innovative approaches at the local, national and international levels to addressing the region's challenges. Foreign ministers and other key stakeholders will gather at the conference to define the most crucial challenges and to raise awareness about climate change impacts in the Arctic. Representatives from Canada, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the EU have been invited to participate in GLACIER, alongside policymakers, indigenous leaders, and public and private sector representatives from Alaska and the Arctic region. US President Barack Obama is expected to address the conference. Along with plenaries, a social media blitz, and outside events leading up to, during and after GLACIER, parallel panel sessions during the conference will address: climate change in the Arctic and beyond; strengthening emergency response; preventing unregulated Arctic high seas fisheries; renewable energy; science cooperation; and household innovations that promote economic efficiency and community health.  

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Event: Solutions Summit [viewed]

On the sidelines of the three-day UN Summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda, the Solutions Summit will seek to highlight "exceptional innovators" (technologists, engineers, scientists, and others) who are developing solutions that address one or more of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and also seek to catalyze a grassroots effort, where communities scout and convene resources around solution-makers. During the event, a group of 17-20 global innovators will be invited to give a 'lightning talk outlining their breakthrough efforts' to senior policymakers, investors, and industry leaders. The Solutions Summit is led by the UN Foundation, Project Everyone, and the UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS), in collaboration with the US' White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Kenyan Ministry of Information Communications and Technology, and the Estonian Information System Authority, with an open invitation for other governments and collaborators to join.  

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FAO, NACD Develop Educational Series on Importance of Healthy Soils [viewed]

fao_headquarters24 July 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) have developed a series of educational materials to teach children the importance of healthy soils for food, the environment, livelihoods and general well-being. The series, which is called ‘DIG IT! The Secrets of Soil,' was developed as part of the 2015 International Year of Soils (IYS 2015).

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IPBES Newsletter Highlights IPBES-4 and Regional Assessments [viewed]

ipbesJuly 2015: The first issue of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) electronic newsletter highlights that invitations to the fourth session of the IPBES Plenary (IPBES-4) have been issued together with a draft agenda.

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IWC-POWER Begins Assessment of Bryde's Whales [viewed]

iwc1 July 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has provided an update on its Pacific Ocean Whale and Ecosystem Research (POWER) cruise, which will assess the abundance, distribution and stock structure of Bryde's whales, and contribute to entanglement response.

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