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CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda
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17_October 2014: Held from 6-17 October 2014, in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) adopted a series of decisions, including the 'Pyeongchang roadmap for the enhanced implementation of the Strategic Plan and achievement of the Aichi Biodiversity Targets,' addressing resource mobilization, capacity building, scientific and technical cooperation, linking biodiversity and poverty eradication, and monitoring implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020. continued...
Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee
Read More: Nagoya Protocol COP/MOP 1 Celebrates Entry into Force, Establishes Compliance Committee
17_October 2014: Held from 13-17 October 2014 in Pyeongchang, the Republic of Korea, during the second week of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the first meeting of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization (NP COP/MOP 1) marked the entry into force of the Nagoya Protocol on 12 October 2014, and adopted a series of decisions to facilitate its effective implementation, including on the Access and Benefit-sharing (ABS) Clearing-house and on compliance. continued...
CBD and ITTO Renew Partnership for Tropical Forest Biodiversity
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17_October 2014: Braulio de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Emmanuel Ze Meka, Executive Director, International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) extending the 'Collaborative Initiative for tropical forest biodiversity' until 2020. continued...
ITTO TTM Highlights a Timber Sector Recycling Plan in Brazil
Read More: ITTO TTM Highlights a Timber Sector Recycling Plan in Brazil
15_October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1-15 October issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting the Reverse Logistics Plan (RLP) of the State of Parana, Brazil. The RLP defines operations related to the reuse of products and materials, provides an overview of the timber sector in the State and details how residues can be utilized. The Report also notes that Indonesia's forest certification system has been endorsed by the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC), while the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) will consider developing a producer legislation database. continued...
Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability
Read More: Statistics Group Launches Survey on Broader Measures of Progress, SDG Indicator Availability
13_October 2014: The Co-Chairs of the Friends of the Chair Group on Broader Measures of Progress (FOC), T.C.A. Anant and P. Cuneo, have invited National Statistical Offices to participate in a survey on national practices on broader measures of progress to complement Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and related indicator availability for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their associated targets. The FOC Group will report the results to the 46th session of the UN Statistical Commission (UNSC), in 2015. continued...
CGE Conducts Workshops on UNFCCC Reporting for Developing Countries
Read More: CGE Conducts Workshops on UNFCCC Reporting for Developing Countries
10_September 2014: As part of its work to build developing country reporting capacity under the UNFCCC, the Consultative Group of Experts on National Communications for Parties not included in Annex I to the Convention (CGE) organized two more regional workshops: one for the Eastern European and Asia-Pacific regions and one for the Latin American and Caribbean region. The trainings focused on using the biennial update report (BUR) guidelines available on the UNFCCC website. continued...
UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade
Read More: UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade
October_2014: The September edition of the 'UN Chronicle,' the magazine of the UN, is dedicated to the topics of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, with a focus on causes and possible solutions. continued...
ECLAC Evaluates Central America's Progress in Energy Efficiency
Read More: ECLAC Evaluates Central America's Progress in Energy Efficiency
8_September 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters in Mexico has launched a study on energy efficiency (EE) in Central America. The publication analyzes the advances made by the region since the approval of the ‘Central American Sustainable Energy Strategy 2020,' in 2007. continued...
ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership
Read More: ITTO and CITES Highlight Partnership
15_October 2014: On the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) held an event to discuss the agencies' joint work programme, which coordinates the listing of timber species in CITES annexes through the implementation of projects across Latin America, Africa and Asia. continued...
September 2014 Water Finance Update
Read More: September 2014 Water Finance Update
September_2014: During the month of September, the World Bank, Global Environment Facility (GEF), Asian Development Bank (ADB), African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) issued loans and highlighted work to address water-related issues including: conserving aquatic biodiversity; improving climate resilience; expanding water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services; implementing integrated water resources management (IWRM); and reducing disaster risk from flood and drought. continued...
EUROCLIMA Seminar Prepares for Lima
Read More: EUROCLIMA Seminar Prepares for Lima
3_October_2014: The ‘IV Seminario EUROCLIMA' brought together more than 60 participants from Latin American countries, regional organizations from the EU and Latin America, and Spanish Government entities to discuss different aspects of the regional cooperation programme on climate change between the EU and Latin America. continued...
ECPA Reports on Sustainable Energy Activities in LAC
Read More: ECPA Reports on Sustainable Energy Activities in LAC
8_October_2014: The Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) has reported on events and a project focusing on energy efficiency at national, sub-regional and regional levels, as well as on the future of energy in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region. continued...
EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products
Read More: EMG Reports on Green Economy Knowledge Products
September_2014: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) has published a ‘Stocktaking Report on Green Economy Knowledge Products by UN Agencies and Partners,' which compiles toolkits, best practices, lessons learned and assessment methodologies that support learning and capacity building on green economy. continued...
Latin America & Caribbean Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
World Resources Forum 2014 Arequipa, Peru 19 Oct - 22 Oct
2014 Executive Assembly of the World Energy Council Cartagena de Indias, Bolivar, Colombia 20 Oct - 24 Oct
Advancing Public Participation for Sustainable Development in Central America and the Dominican Republic Washington D.C., US 21 Oct
Tenth Meeting of the Rotterdam Convention Chemical Review Committee (CRC10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 21 Oct - 24 Oct
IV Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development Washington D.C., US 22 Oct - 23 Oct
Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 23 Oct - 24 Oct
Tenth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 10) Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland 26 Oct - 30 Oct
Global Dialogue on Family Farming Rome, Lazio, Italy 27 Oct - 28 Oct
V Political Dialogue on Energy Efficiency in Latin America and the Caribbean Lima, Peru 27 Oct - 28 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Ramsar Convention Regional Pre-COP Meeting – Americas Colombia 27 Oct - 31 Oct
Consultation Workshop on Draft Technical Guidelines for Sound Management of Spent Lead-acid Batteries Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico 28 Oct - 29 Oct
COP 20 Global Stakeholders Dialogues: Taking Action on Climate Change Lima, Peru 28 Oct - 30 Oct
Workshop on International Arrangement on Forests (IAF) beyond 2015 Beijing, China 29 Oct - 31 Oct
 
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