UNEP GEMS/Water Supports SDG Implementation, Opens Capacity Development Centre in Ireland [viewed]

unep_gems_water27 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme Global Environmental Monitoring System, Water (UNEP GEMS/Water) has opened a global Capacity Development Centre in Ireland, hosted by the University College Cork (UCC). The Centre will build capacity in developing countries for water quality monitoring and assessment, supported by the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, Ireland, and Irish Aid.

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CFS OEWG Discusses Work to Support SDG Implementation [viewed]

CFS21 January 2016: Meeting at the headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), member countries and multi-stakeholder participants of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) Open-ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) addressed the OEWG workplan for the year and next steps regarding CFS work in support of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achievement of the SDGs.

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Event: Second Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs [viewed]

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition, agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements, and address policy gaps.  

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Event: Asia-Pacific Forestry Week [viewed]

Organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and partners, and hosted by the Government of the Philippines, the Asia-Pacific Forestry Week will convene under the theme, 'Growing Our Future!' to reflect the need for society to proactively integrate forestry into the wider context of sustainable development. Five sub-thematic streams include: pathways to prosperity: future trade and markets; tackling climate change: challenges and opportunities; serving society: forestry and people; new institutions, new governance; and our green future: green investment and growing our natural assets.  

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Regular Process for World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group of the Whole on the Regular Process (Regular Process) for Global Reporting and Assessment of the State of the Marine Environment, including Socioeconomic Aspects (World Ocean Assessment), will convene from 3-9 August. The objective for the Regular Process is to improve understanding of the oceans and to develop a global mechanism for delivering science-based information to decision makers and the public. The Regular Process has met since 2011 and is responsible for the preparation of the World Ocean Assessment. A summary of the first Assessment was released in 2015.  

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Event: Resumed Review Conference on the UN Fish Stocks Agreement [viewed]

The Resumed Review Conference on the Agreement for the Implementation of the Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982 relating to the Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks (UN Fish Stocks Agreement) will convene from 23 to 27 May. The Resumed Review Conference is mandated to assess the effectiveness of the agreement and the adequacy of its provisions and, if necessary, to propose means of strengthening the substance and methods of implementation of those provisions. The first Review Conference took place in 2006, followed by a resumed Review Conference in 2010.  

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Event: First Meeting of the CFS OEWG on SDGs [viewed]

The Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was created by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) at its 42nd session, with the task to discuss how CFS can put the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs at the center of its work. Specifically, the OEWG is expected to analyze those SDGs that are related to sustainable agriculture and food security and nutrition and agree on how CFS can provide a platform for sharing, learning and identifying challenges and achievements and address policy gaps. The first meeting of the OEWG will allow participants to share their views on the objectives, scope and work of the OEWG, and to initiate a discussion on CFS' role and activities to support progress on the implementation of the SDGs falling within its mandate.  

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UN Releases First World Ocean Assessment [viewed]

United Nations26 January 2016: The UN has published the First Global Integrated Marine Assessment, also known as the 'First World Ocean Assessment.' The assessment is expected to provide a scientific basis for consideration of ocean issues, including Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development).

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IWC Showcases Work on Entanglement and Aboriginal Whaling [viewed]

iwc21 January 2016: The January 2016 International Whaling Commission (IWC) Bulletin highlights IWC's efforts to address entanglement response and mass strandings, as well as to promote sustainable whalewatching in Indian Ocean rim countries. The Bulletin also provides an update on IWC's planned engagement with the Arctic Council and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) in 2016.

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Event: IWC66 [viewed]

The International Whaling Commission (IWC) will hold its 66th biennial meeting in Portotoz, Slovenia. The Commission meets on a biennial basis to ensure implementation of its decisions and workplans on the conservation and management of whale species.  

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