IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Consultation Opens on Sustainable Use of PGRFA [viewed]

ITPGR8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has opened the electronic consultation on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The consultation, based on an electronic survey, will be open until 24 May 2015.

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Spain Signs CMS Raptors MoU [viewed]

CMS4 May 2015: Spain signed the Memorandum of Understanding on the Conservation of Migratory Birds of Prey in Africa and Eurasia (Raptors MoU), developed under the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS), on 4 May 2015, bringing the number of Signatories to 52.

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Review of Natural Resource SDGs Focuses on Participatory, Country-Led Processes [viewed]

iisdrs_nr-mechanisms13 May 2015: Reviewing and strengthening weak governance institutions at the national level will be crucial to managing natural resources for the long-term, according to participants at the International High-Level Event on Follow-up and Review Mechanisms for Natural Resource Management and Governance to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The High-Level Event highlighted the importance of national review mechanisms that are effectively linked to the regional and international levels.

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Tibetan Leader Appointed Mountain Partnership Ambassador [viewed]

Mountain Partnership15 May 2015: His Holiness (HH) the Drikung Kyabgön Chetsang has been appointed as Mountain Partnership Ambassador in order to “inspire goodwill toward improving the quality of life and sustaining healthy environments in the world's mountain regions.” Eduardo Rojas-Briales, Assistant Director-General for Forestry of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), announced the appointment on 6 May 2015, at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC, US.

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Experts Call for Rights-Based Approach to Water for Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

hlpe15 May 2015: The High-Level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE), a group convened by the Committee on World Food Security (CFS), released a report reviewing the current state of water governance, arguing for the promotion of a rights-based approach to water for food security and nutrition (FSN).

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WHO Reports Progress on Health-Related MDGs [viewed]

WHO13 May 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a report, titled 'World Health Statistics 2015,' which compiles data from 194 member States and summarizes progress made towards achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and associated targets. WHO reports that, by the end of 2015, the world is likely to achieve the MDGs for HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and drinking water access. However, the international community will likely fall short of achieving other health-related goals.

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UN CC:Learn Releases REDD+ Learning Guide [viewed]

Unitar13 May 2015: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) One UN Climate Change Learning Partnership (UN CC:Learn) released a resource guide on REDD+ developed with support from UN-REDD and the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF). The guide is intended to facilitate access to the most relevant and recent learning and training material on REDD+.

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Europe's Forests Featured at Margins of UNFF11 [viewed]

forest_fao_unece_itto13 May 2015: A pair of side events held at the margins of the eleventh meeting of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) highlighted the state of Europe's forests as well as progress in sustainable forest management (SFM) in the region.

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SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter [viewed]

sprep_csiro8 May 2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have collaborated to better understand the impacts of marine plastic in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands.

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