Ballast Water Management Forum Addresses Research and Development, Policy Issues [viewed]

imo-glo_ballast18 March 2016: Held from 16-18 March 2016, in Montreal, Canada, an international forum organized by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO) shared knowledge and experience on treatment technologies and alternative methods for ballast water management, and discussed policy matters related to the control of invasive alien species.

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Nagoya Protocol on ABS Reaches 73 Ratifications [viewed]

CBDMarch 2016: Following recent ratifications by Togo, the UK and Senegal, 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 73 ratifications. In other news of relevance to the Nagoya Protocol, the CBD Secretariat has made available online the report of the expert group meeting on Article 10 of the Protocol, regarding a global multilateral benefit-sharing mechanism.

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Event: Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights [viewed]

Suggested by the sixth session of the Governing Body of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR), the Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights will be hosted by Indonesia and co-sponsored by Norway. The meeting will be informed by a series of pre-consultations held back to back with other ITPGR meetings, and an electronic survey.  

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Event: Electronic Consultation on Participation of Indigenous Peoples at the UN [viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft and the four advisers on indigenous peoples' participation at the UN are inviting concrete proposals on enabling the effective participation of indigenous peoples' representatives and institutions in UN meetings on issues affecting them, such as: procedures and modalities that will make the participation of indigenous peoples' representatives meaningful and effective; criteria for determining the eligibility of indigenous peoples' representatives for accreditation as such; nature and membership of a body to determine the eligibility of indigenous peoples' representatives for accreditation; and details of the process, including the information required to be submitted to obtain accreditation as an indigenous peoples' representative. Participants may provide submissions in English, Spanish, French or Russian. Proposals should be sent to ipadvisers@un.org. On the basis of this electronic consultation and previous UNGA resolutions and UN reports and studies on the topic, the advisers will prepare a first draft compilation for consultations with Member States and representatives of indigenous peoples, during the 15th session of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (PFII) that will take place in New York, US, from 9-20 May 2016.  

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UNFCCC Reports on Technical Assessment Process for Forest Reference Levels [viewed]

UNFCCC23 March 2016: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released a synthesis report, titled 'Technical assessment process for proposed forest reference emission levels and/or forest reference levels submitted by developing country Parties' (FCCC/SBSTA/2016/INF.2), which outlines challenges faced by the Secretariat in organizing and coordinating the annual technical assessment sessions, as well as steps taken to overcome them.

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Event: Jump-starting the SDGs in Germany: Natural Resources and Sustainable Consumption and Production [viewed]

This conference will explore the challenges of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Germany, with a particular focus on natural resources and sustainable consumption and production. Through interactive panel discussions and parallel dialogue forums, the event will assess the role of partnerships for collaboration and mutual learning to achieve the SDGs within and outside Germany, including regarding core issues such as efficient resource use, food security and nutrition, bioenergy, land use, the rural-urban continuum, and follow-up and review. The event is co-hosted by the German Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture, the Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies e.V. (IASS), the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), Germanwatch e.V. and the World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+Centre).  

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WMO Highlights Record Temperature, Droughts and Extremes on World Meteorological Day [viewed]

WMO23 March 2016: The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) released its Statement on the Status of the Climate in 2015, ahead of the World Meteorological Day. The Statement indicates that 2015 broke records in terms of temperatures, heatwaves, rainfall, drought and tropical cyclones, and that this trend is expected to continue in 2016. The theme of World Meteorological Day 2016, which was observed on 23 March, was 'Hotter, drier, wetter. Face the Future,' in order to highlight climate challenges and the path towards climate-resilient societies.

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CSO Reports Discuss SDG 14, EU Implementation, Rights Linkages [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)10 March 2016: Civil society organizations (CSOs), research institutes and foundations have published commentary on the global indicator framework, among other topics. Recent papers, letters and statements: cite priorities for continued progress on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14; provide recommendations for the EU and Germany on implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and present a dashboard that allows users to identify linkages between human rights and the SDGs. Other contributions focus on national reviews, world happiness rankings, and the green economy.

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Event: Fourth High Level Forum on UN Global Geospatial Information Management [viewed]

Co-organized by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the Government of Ethiopia and the UN Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management (UN-GGIM), this event will bring together 400 geospatial experts and land management stakeholders to address the overarching theme of ‘Good land governance for the 2030 Agenda'. The discussions will cover, among other topics: land administration and management, with particular emphasis on sharing experiences, including benefits and challenges; consideration of fit-for-purpose aspects; digital land registers, cadastres, and other land data needs; practical examples of land administration success stories; and the geospatial information requirements for land administration and management in Africa. Various commercial exhibitions will showcase the latest products and services in geospatial science and technology. UN-GGIM was established in 2011 with the aim of setting the agenda for global geospatial information development and promoting the benefits of geospatial information for addressing national policy. The High-Level Forum encourages collaboration between professional bodies and experts working in land governance, including UN bodies and other international organizations, to identify and address common issues of land management and governance in support of sustainable development.  

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World Water Day Marked Globally, WWDR 2016 and IRP Reports Highlighted [viewed]

world_water_day22 March 2016: On the occasion of World Water Day, UN agencies highlighted water stress as a problem for economic growth and human health, and called for decoupling water use from economic growth through holistic water management plans that take into account the entire water cycle.

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