Event: 35th Meetings of the CCAMLR Commission and Scientific Committee [viewed]

The 35th Meeting of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) Scientific Committee will convene concurrently with the 35th Meeting of the CCAMLR Commission to discuss the conservation of Antarctic marine life. The Scientific Committee will convene from 17-21 October. The Commission meeting will take place from 17-28 October. The Scientific Committee and its subsidiary groups are the main avenue for scientific advice in CCAMLR, with the Convention requiring the Commission to take full account of the Scientific Committee's recommendations and advice. The Commission serves as CCAMLR's main decision-making body. Mark Belcher, United Kingdom, will serve as the Chair of the Scientific Committee Meeting and Dmitry Gonchar, the Russian Federation, will chair the Commission Meeting.  

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ICP-17 Discusses Marine Debris, Plastics, Microplastics and Role in SDG 14 Review [viewed]

icp17_chair17 June 2016: The seventeenth meeting of the UN Open-ended Informal Consultative Process on Oceans and the Law of the Sea (Consultative Process or ICP-17) convened under the theme, 'Marine debris, plastics and microplastics.' Meeting participants representing governments, intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations and academia, discussed, inter alia, the impacts of plastics and microplastics (MDPMs) on the health and environment as well the ICP's relationship with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the possibility of the ICP serving as a forum for review of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14 to "Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development."

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On WDCD, Canada Announces Intention to Rejoin UNCCD, China Launches Restoration Initiative along Silk Road [viewed]

???????????????????????17 June 2016: On World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD), commemorated on 17 June, the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), China and other partners launched the 'One Belt and One Road Joint Action Initiative to Combat Desertification,' which aims to link land rehabilitation efforts across Asia, Europe and Africa. The UNCCD also welcomed Canada's formal announcement that it intends to rejoin the UNCCD at the earliest opportunity, following its withdrawal in 2014.

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Guest Article #57: Forest and Farm Producer Organizations: An Operating System for the Sustainable Development Goals [viewed]

In the village of Thach Ngoa, Viet Nam, members of a small producer group of forest farmers are seeing big returns on a winning decision to start distilling oil from the local star anise tree. The oil is a major source of shikimic acid, an important component in anti-influenza drugs, making star anise a valuable forest crop. Following training by the Viet Nam National Farmers Union, group members have invested more than €2,000 in distillation equipment and are making a good profit, selling to provinces bordering China as well as local buyers. After just one year, some 30 people are now employed collecting fruit, working in the plant and selling the oil.

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IUCN Project Explores Partnerships to Conserve North African Biodiversity Hotspots [viewed]

IUCN13 June 2016: At the conclusion of the project, titled ‘Promoting the value of key biodiversity areas in North Africa through the involvement of civil society organizations in their conservation and management,' the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) published experiences from five Key Biodiversity Areas (KBAs) located in the Maghreb countries of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.

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Expert Workshop Addresses Criteria and Indicators for Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

fao_workshop24 May 2016: An international expert workshop produced a six-point plan to strengthen collaboration on the use of criteria and indicators to guide and track progress towards sustainable forest management, calling for joint work on a set of global forest indicators and for better integration of criteria and indicators into policy and planning.

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FOREST EUROPE Expert Meeting Adopts Work Programme [viewed]

Fourth Session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee for a Legally-Binding Agreement on Forests in Europe (INC-Forests4)11 May 2016: Held from 11-12 May 2016, in Bratislava, Slovakia, a FOREST EUROPE Expert Level Meeting discussed and adopted a new work programme for cooperation on forests and forestry in Europe for the time frame of 2016 to 2020.

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UNEP Report Outlines Contributions to Aichi Biodiversity Targets [viewed]

contributions-unep-strategic-plan-biodivMay 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report outlining the actions it has taken in support of implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020 and its Aichi targets over the period 2013-2016, including examples drawn from a number of projects and initiatives contributing to one or multiple targets.

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FAO Report Highlights Potential of Dryland Fisheries to Support Food Security and Nutrition [viewed]

fao_fisheries14 June 2016: Small-scale dryland fisheries resources have the potential to contribute to ending hunger and promoting local food security and nutrition, according to a report, titled 'Fisheries in the Drylands of Sub-Saharan Africa: Fish Come with the Rains,' published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO). The report documents the resilience of fish resources to climatic variability and identifies opportunities for designing and implementing policies and programmes to reduce food insecurity and conflicts in Africa's dryland environments.

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Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President [viewed]

Fiji Flag13 June 2016: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Thomson will replace Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, who is serving as the President of UNGA 70.

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