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Latest News - 28 July 2014
Global Soil Partnership Endorses Plans of Action
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24_July_2014: The second session of the Plenary Assembly of the Global Soil Partnership (GSP) has endorsed a number of measures to safeguard soil resources, including four Plans of Action, a global soil information system, a capacity development program, and a report on world soil resources. Recommendations of the Plans of Action include strong government regulations and investments for sustainable management of soils that contribute to the eradication of hunger, food insecurity and poverty. continued...
2014 HDR Focuses on Resilience and Vulnerability
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24_July_2014: The 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) finds that reducing poverty, as well as vulnerability to falling into poverty, must be a central objective of the post-2015 development agenda. "Eliminating extreme poverty is not just about 'getting to zero;' it is also about staying there,” according to the report. ‘Sustaining Human Progress: Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience' was launched in Tokyo, Japan, on 24 July 2014, by Japan's Prime Minister Shinz┼Ź Abe, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Helen Clark, and HDR Director Khalid Malik. continued...
UNGA Concludes Structured Dialogues on Technology Facilitation
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23_July_2014: The UN General Assembly held the fourth "structured dialogue" for Member States, the private sector, and civil society to discuss possible arrangements for a facilitation mechanism to promote the development, transfer and dissemination of clean and environmentally sound technologies. The co-moderators of the dialogue will submit a report, along with elements for a procedural resolution, to the UNGA President by the end of July, and expect to receive further guidance in early September. continued...
Social Pre-COP Preparatory Event Issues Margarita Declaration
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18_July_2014: A preparatory event for the Social Pre-COP on Climate Change, organized by the Government of Venezuela, resulted in the "Margarita Declaration on Climate Change," which contains views of participating organizations and movements structured around the themes of intergenerational equality and rights, and good and sustainable living. The results of the preparatory event will be presented to the UN Secretary General's Climate Summit in September 2014. continued...
IGC 28 Reviews Cross-Cutting Elements, Forwards Texts to WIPO General Assembly
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18_July_2014: At its 28th session, the Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) reviewed cross-cutting elements of the negotiating texts on genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions, and decided to forward the three negotiating draft texts as developed during IGC 26 and 27 to the WIPO General Assembly, to be held in September 2014. continued...
DIVERSITAS Circulates Project Documents on ABS and Academic Research in LAC
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July_2014: DIVERSITAS has circulated the documents produced in the context of a project on access and benefit-sharing (ABS) policies and regulations and its implications for academic research in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), including key messages, findings and case studies of national ABS implementation and academic research. continued...
ITPGR Secretariat Issues Publication on Farmers and Climate Change
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July_2014: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has published a booklet titled, "Enabling Farmers to Face Climate Change,' which provides an overview of the projects that are being implemented as part of the second project portfolio of the ITPGR Benefit-sharing Fund. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Sixth Virtual Meeting of the Working Group on Access Rights and the Regional Instrument of Principle 10 in LAC virtual 1 Aug
CMS COP 11 Regional Preparatory and Negotiation Workshop for Latin America Santiago, Region Metropolitana, Chile 11 Aug - 13 Aug
CBD International Workshop on Financing for Biodiversity Kartause Ittingen, Switzerland 18 Aug - 19 Aug
Sixth Virtual Meeting of the Working Group on Capacity Building and Cooperation on the Principle 10 Declaration in LAC virtual 22 Aug
Third International Conference for Small Island Developing States Apia, Tuamasaga, Samoa 1 Sep - 4 Sep
15th World Lake Conference Perugia, Umbria, Italy 1 Sep - 5 Sep
Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum (LACCF) Bogota, Distrito Especial, Colombia 3 Sep - 5 Sep
CBD Expert Workshop on Practical Guidance for Marine Spatial Planning Montreal, Quebec, Canada 9 Sep - 11 Sep
65th Meeting of the International Whaling Commission Portoroz, Slovenia 11 Sep - 18 Sep
6th International Conference on Flood Management Sao Paulo, Brazil 16 Sep - 18 Sep
Ninth meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 9) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 16 Sep - 19 Sep
69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69) New York City, US 16 Sep - 1 Oct
Special Session of the General Assembly on the Follow-Up to the Programme of Action of the ICPD New York City, US 22 Sep
2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples New York City, US 22 Sep - 23 Sep
2014 Climate Summit New York City, US 23 Sep
 
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