FAO Assesses Climate Change Impacts on Food Security and Trade [viewed]

fao_headquarters18 June 2015: In a book reviewing scientific and economic climate change impacts on food and agriculture over the past 20 years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) underscores policy implications for hunger, poverty and global food trade. Based on evidence gathered by a group of scientists and economists over these two decades, the book is intended as an accessible source for decision makers and practitioners working on food security, health and nutrition, water scarcity and climate adaptation.

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WMO, Norwegian Refugee Council to Enhance African Countries' Climate Resilience [viewed]

wmo-nrc17 June 2015: A Norwegian NGO and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) are partnering to increase the capacity of governments in Africa to address climate change, extreme weather events and variable rainfall. Under the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by WMO and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), experts will work with the national institutions of vulnerable countries to develop climate information and products and operationalize the Global Framework for Climate Services (GFCS).

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ITTO-CITES Partnership Targets Tropical Timber [viewed]

ITTO CITESJune 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) released a newsletter update on their partnership for the implementation of the listing of tropical tree species. The newsletter states that 40 new activities were approved under the second phase of the partnership.

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Event: General Debate of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70) [viewed]

The General Debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015. It will follow the 15 September 2015 Opening of the 70th Session of the General Assembly, 25 September 2015 visit of His Holiness Pope Francis, and the 25-27 September 2015 Summit for the Adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.  

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Event: 8th World Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference [viewed]

The Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), is hosting the 8th World ESP conference under the theme ‘Ecosystem Services for Nature, People and Prosperity'. The conference will pay special attention to the public and private sector dialogue on how the ecosystem services concept can be used to support conservation, improve livelihoods and engage the business community. To facilitate dialogue between scientists, policy makers and practitioners, ESP organizes an annual international conference in different parts of the world.  

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Event: Eye on Earth Summit 2015 [viewed]

The Eye on Earth Summit 2015 will seek to better understand the supply and demand of data necessary to secure the future of our planet. This will be the second Eye on Earth Summit, and will bring together representatives from government, UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector, academia and civil society to focus on closing the data gap for environmental, social and economic data to address sustainable development. The Summit aims to identify solutions for greater access to and sharing of data, providing policymakers with timely, actionable information for the critical decisions that will implement the post-2015 development agenda. Sessions during the event will explore new resources, like crowd-sourcing and citizen science, and cutting-edge technologies. The Summit is being overseen by Eye on Earth, a collaboration of the Abu Dhabi Environment Agency's Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) and the Eye on Earth Alliance, a partnership of organizations including, inter alia, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) and the World Resources Institute (WRI).  

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IWC Scientific Committee Meeting Features Discussions on Humpback Whale Recovery [viewed]

iwc19 June 2015: The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has released its Scientific Committee meeting report highlighting scientific reports on the recovery of humpback whales in the southern hemisphere, progress on the management of aboriginal whaling, by-catch challenges posed by fishing gear to vaquita and dolphin populations, and a collaboration with New Zealand on Hector's and Māui dolphins.

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CBD Secretariat Analyzes Status of Biodiversity in Post-2015 Zero Draft [viewed]

CBD19 June 2015: As an annex to a notification dated 19 June 2015, the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has circulated an 'Analysis of the Status of Biodiversity in the Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post- 2015 Development Agenda.' The analysis highlights the extent to which the role of biodiversity for sustainable development is included in the zero draft, how the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) relate to the Aichi Biodiversity Targets, and how national-level commitments might relate to the global aspirations of the SDGs.

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Bioversity and IDS Publish Toolkit to Measure Communities' Climate Change Vulnerability [viewed]

CCAFS19 June 2015: Bioversity International and the Institute of Development Studies (IDS) have developed a toolkit to help researchers and extension agents undertake participatory vulnerability analyses in rural communities and assess their potential to adapt to climate change.

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UNGA Adopts Resolution to Develop Legally-Binding Instrument on the Conservation of Marine Biological Diversity in ABNJ [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA19 June 2015: UN Member States adopted a Resolution (UNGA/RES/69/292) on the development of an international, legally-binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ). The Resolution aims to build on and support UNCLOS' implementation through creating marine protected areas (MPAs) in the high seas, improving environmental impact assessments (EIAs), addressing access and benefit sharing (ABS), and ensuring transparency and accountability on progress.

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