Event: Addressing the Intersection between the Nagoya Protocol, Access and Benefit Sharing Rules, and BioTrade [viewed]

Organized by the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in cooperation with other partners, the objective of this workshop is to provide a broader understanding of the intersection between access and benefit-sharing (ABS) and BioTrade for policy makers, regulators and interested businesses in Viet Nam. It immediately follows an UNCTAD workshop on the identification of barriers to the trade of biodiversity-based and BioTrade products from Viet Nam to be held the 23-24 June 2016.  

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Guest Article #58: Land Degradation, Desertification and Climate Change: Assessing, Anticipating and Adapting to Future Change [viewed]

Climate change and land degradation can drive or intensify one another through both positive and negative feedbacks. Higher temperatures, changing rainfall patterns and more extreme weather resulting from climate change can combine with human-induced drivers of change to fuel degradation processes, such as soil erosion. In turn, land degradation reduces the benefits and services that ecosystems provide to society, with potentially devastating consequences for food production, human wellbeing and the climate. This is because many forms of land degradation release carbon into the atmosphere, exacerbating climate change. Around a quarter of all anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions come from land use activities. It is therefore surprising that land degradation and climate change are still largely dealt with separately.

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CFS OEWG Finalizes Proposal on Engagement with 2030 Agenda [viewed]

CFS22 June 2016: The fourth meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) finalized a proposal on CFS engagement in advancing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The proposal will be submitted to CFS' 43rd plenary session in October 2016, along with a draft decision.

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SIDS Steering Committee Updates on HLPF Event, First Global Partnerships Dialogue [viewed]

United Nations20 June 2016: The Steering Committee on Partnerships for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) held its second meeting, providing UN Member States with updates on the standardized partnership reporting template, a stocktaking event on SIDS partnerships to be held during the 2016 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), and the first Global Multi-Stakeholder SIDS Partnerships Dialogue, which will convene in September 2016.

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10x20 Steering Committee Discusses Support for SDG Target 14.5 [viewed]

10x20initiative20 June 2016: The Steering Committee of the 10x20 Initiative met to discuss concrete initiatives and next steps in support of the Initiative, which aims to promote the achievement of target 14.5 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which calls to, "By 2020, conserve at least 10 per cent of coastal and marine areas, consistent with national and international law and based on the best available scientific information."

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Event: Sixth Session of the UN-GGIM [viewed]

The Sixth Session of the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM) will bring together senior executives from national geospatial information, statistical authorities within Member States and international geospatial experts from across the globe to discuss the global geospatial information agenda. The Committee will address, among other issues: activities related to sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; geospatial information and services for disasters; determination of global fundamental geospatial data themes; trends in national institutional arrangements in global geospatial information management; adoption and implementation of standards for the global geospatial information community; integration of geospatial, statistical and other related information; and application of geospatial information to land administration and management. The formal session of the Committee of Experts will convene from 3-5 August 2016, and will be preceded by a number of related side events on 1-2 August 2016.  

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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly [viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.  

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Event: Regions for Biodiversity: Achieving the Aichi Targets [viewed]

This international conference organized by the Government of Catalonia, with the support of the Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD), will be an opportunity for regional and other sub-national governments to come together with conservation organizations and other stakeholders to discuss actions towards the implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets at the sub-national level.  

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SDG 14 Conference Modalities Under Discussion [viewed]

sdg_1410 June 2016: The co-facilitators for the modalities of the UN Conference to Support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 (Conserve and Sustainably Use the Ocean, Seas and Marine Resources for Sustainable Development) have circulated a draft resolution on the modalities of the Conference, to be considered in informal consultations on 23 June. The Conference will convene from 5-9 June 2017, in Nadi, Fiji.

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CIF Discuss Future Strategy, Share Experiences in Forest Management [viewed]

CIF20 June 2016: The governing bodies of the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) met to make decisions on the Funds' future strategy. The meetings attracted the participation of over 150 experts from approximately 50 developing and donor countries, as well as international organizations and civil society. Following the official opening of the governing body meetings, on 12 June, the joint Clean Technology Fund (CTF) and Strategic Climate Fund (SCF) Trust Fund Committees met on 15 June. This meeting was followed by the CTF Trust Fund Committee Meeting on 16 June.

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