CBD Launches National Clearing-house Mechanism Award [viewed]

CBD15 June 2015: A notification by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) Secretariat lays out the modalities and procedures for granting an award to parties that have made the most significant progress in establishing or further developing their national clearing-house mechanisms (CHM) between meetings of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the CBD.

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Event: Oceans Day at UNFCCC COP 21 [viewed]

Oceans Day will be held on the sidelines of the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). It aims to advance the oceans and climate change agenda at COP 21 and beyond. Activities undertaken for the Day will: report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, such as on ocean acidification and linkages among biodiversity, climate change and fisheries, among others; identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process; and mobilize resources.

Oceans Day at COP 21 is expected to result in a strategic action plan for the oceans and climate change agenda for the next five years.  

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'Targets Tracker' Highlights Gaps Between SDGs and National Priorities [viewed]

post2015-odi16 June 2015: Post 2015.org has released the ‘Targets Tracker,' an online database that allows users to view country goals alongside the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets to compare the gap between existing national targets and SDG ambition. Analysis on these gaps is presented in a report by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), ‘Mind the Gap? A Comparison of international and national targets for the SDG agenda.'

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UN General Assembly Elects 70th President [viewed]

denmark15 June 2015: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its 70th session. Lykketoft, currently the Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark and former Finance and Foreign Minister, chose as the theme for UNGA 70 'The UN at 70 - a new commitment to action.'

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ITTO Workshop Highlights Good Practices in Fighting Illegal Trade [viewed]

Itto12 June 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), the Government of Japan, and the 'Committee for Wood Utilization Caravan to Bridge Forest and City of Japan,' convened a workshop on illegal trade in tropical timber in order to address challenges, identify opportunities, and review existing approaches and frameworks.

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UNFCCC Subsidiary Body Adopts Landmark Draft REDD+ Decisions [viewed]

iisdrs-sd4211 June 2015: The Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has recommended three draft decisions for consideration and adoption by the Conference of the Parties (COP) on: further guidance on safeguards information systems (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.5/Add.1); guidance on alternative policy approaches for the integral and sustainable management of forests (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.5/Add.2); and methodological issues related to non-carbon benefits (FCCC/SBSTA/2015/L.5/Add.3). The draft decisions will be considered for adoption by the COP when it meets for its 21st session in Paris, France, in December 2015.

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GLF Discusses Private Sector Financing for Sustainable Landscapes [viewed]

cifor_worldbank_unep_profor15 June 2015: The 'Global Landscapes Forum: The Investment Case' aimed to support greater private sector funding for sustainable landscapes management. In particular, the event discussed elements of a roadmap for the creation of funding instruments for forests and landscapes that deliver financial, social and environmental returns.

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FAO Conference Endorses Revised World Soil Charter [viewed]

international year of soils13 June 2015: Member States of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) unanimously endorsed an updated version of the World Soil Charter (WSC) during the 39th Session of the FAO Conference, which met from 6-13 June in Rome, Italy. The new Charter replaces the original version that was negotiated and adopted by FAO members in 1981, and coincides with celebrations of the International Year of Soils (IYS) 2015.

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High-Level Conference Reviews UN ‘Water for Life' Decade [viewed]

water_Tajikistan11 June 2015: The High Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action on ‘Water for Life' concluded with the adoption of a declaration encouraging action to promote the sustainable management of water resources, in particular in relation to adaptation to climate change.

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FAO Biennial Conference Focuses on Nutrition [viewed]

FAO13 June 2015: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Conference ended its 39th session with an agreement to prioritize raising nutrition levels and addressing climate change, in addition to its work on eradicating hunger.

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