SDG Fund, UNITAR Conference Highlights Models of Business-UN Cooperation [viewed]

sdgf_unitar8 September 2016: The UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and the Sustainable Development Goals Fund (SDG-F) held a conference on ways for business and the UN to work together to attain the SDGs. Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji and President-elect of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA) said business contributions “can go well beyond philanthropy" and that the SDGs "can be turned into corporate strategies that work to everyone's advantage.”

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Event: Conference on Vulnerable States and Territories: Special Session on the Blue Economy [viewed]

This event is taking place in advance of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UNFCCC and will focus on climate change and oceans and the blue economy.  

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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BWM Convention Will Enter Into Force in 2017 [viewed]

IMO8 September 2016: The International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments (BWM Convention) will enter into force on 8 September 2017. The Convention's entry into force is expected to minimize the spread of invasive aquatic species (IAS) via ships' ballast water, thereby enhancing protection of the marine environment, biodiversity conservation and standardized approaches for industry.

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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 85 Ratifications [viewed]

CBD9 September 2016: The Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (ABS) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has reached 85 ratifications, in anticipation of the second Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol to be held in December 2016, and the goal to reach 100 ratifications by then.

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ASEAN-UN Summit Highlights Plan of Action 2016-2020 [viewed]

ASEAN UN8 September 2016: Leaders of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the UN met on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit to discuss increased cooperation and strengthening their partnership. Addressing the gathering, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed cooperation between the two organizations through the ASEAN-UN Plan of Action, which addresses the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and gender equality and women's empowerment, among other issues.

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UN-REDD Proposes Conceptual Framework for Country Approaches to Safeguards [viewed]

unredd12 August 2016: A technical brief published by the UN-REDD Programme Safeguards Coordination Group presents the emerging common elements of country approaches to safeguards related to reducing emissions from deforestation and forest degradation, and the role of conservation, sustainable management of forests and enhancement of forest carbon stocks (REDD+).

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Event: Global Landscapes Forum 2016 [viewed]

The 2016 Global Landscapes Forum (GLF) will address the theme of ‘Climate Action for Sustainable Development' and will convene on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The GLF aims to highlight integrated landscape approaches as “the most promising tool” for realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) as outlined under the Paris Agreement. Organized around 30 interactive sessions and exhibitions, as well as online events and a global social media campaign, the discussions will explore diverse sustainable landscape solutions, ranging from climate projects that deliver co-benefits for communities, affordable credit for smallholders, and regional commitments to large-scale restoration of degraded lands. The GLF was inaugurated at COP 19 in Warsaw, Poland, integrating the previous Forest Days and Agriculture and Rural Development Days to create a broad platform of actors involved in landscape research and policy. GLF 2016 is convened by a consortium of coordinating partners, including the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and several other research centers of the CGIAR Consortium, the World Bank, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Credit Suisse, with funding from UKaid and CGIAR.  

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Event: UNECE/FAO Workshop on Measuring the Value of Forests in a Green Economy [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section, this one-day expert workshop is linked to the implementation of the Rovaniemi Action Plan for the Forest Sector in a Green Economy. Participants will analyze the consistency of the present forest sector valuation systems with approaches developed by other sectors in the context of green economy and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The objective of the workshop is to identify synergies and differences between the work in green economy evaluation processes and the forest sector work in that area.  

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Event: Is the Paris Agreement Good News for the Ocean? [viewed]

This workshop is being organized by the Division of Environment and Ocean Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile and the National Geographic Society. It will seek to build on the momentum generated with the “Because the Ocean” initiative that took place during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), which concluded with the adoption of the Paris Agreement on climate change. This workshop will bring together the ocean and climate communities, including representatives from governments, climate change negotiators, scientists and civil society, to identify challenges related to including the ocean in the UNFCCC agenda and to develop an action plan for addressing ocean-related issues through the climate action to take place under the Paris Agreement. The objectives of the workshop include creating a multidisciplinary core group to explore ways to address climate-ocean issues at the UNFCCC and building a strategy for COP22, including content for a possible second “Because the Ocean” declaration. This full-day workshop will also seek to develop a report for the Third Our Ocean Conference's session on Climate and Ocean. The Third Our Ocean Conference will convene in Washington, DC, from 15-16 September.  

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