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Event: 117th Meeting of the International Maritime Organization Council[viewed]

The Council of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) is elected by the IMO Assembly for two-year terms beginning after each regular Assembly session.

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Event: 70th Session of IMO's Marine Environment Protection Committee[viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) considers any matter within the IMO's scope that is concerned with prevention and control of pollution from ships.

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Event: 32nd Session of the FAO Committee on Fisheries[viewed]

The 32nd session of the Committee on Fisheries (COFI) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) is scheduled to take place at FAO headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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Event: ITTO/FAO/CABI Caribbean Workshop on Forest Products[viewed]

Jointly organized by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) and the Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International (CABI), this workshop will address, among other issues: current statistical systems and the status of collection, analysis and dissemination of forest products statistics; methodologies used to collect and report on forest products production and trade; use of forest products statistics at the country level; and the Joint Forest Sector Questionnaire.

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Event: International Day of Forests 2016[viewed]

The International Day of Forests is held annually on 21 March to raise awareness of the importance of forests to people.

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Event: International Day for Biological Diversity 2016[viewed]

The UN proclaimed 22 May the International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

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World Bank Panel Highlights Citizens' Role for SDGs[viewed]

Representatives of governments, multilateral institutions, and civil society discussed ways for citizens to drive the accountable implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and to shape the scale-up strategy of the Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA) and its contribution to the SDGs, at a meeting organized by the World Bank. The Bank's GPSA convenes 50 governments and over 260 civil society and private sector partners to address governance challenges around the world.

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Maldives, Italy to Co-Chair SIDS Partnerships Steering Committee[viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft appointed the Permanent Representative of Italy, Sebastiano Cardi, and the Permanent Representative of the Maldives, Ahmed Sareer, to co-chair a steering committee on partnerships for small island developing States (SIDS). The Committee was called for in a December 2015 UNGA decision to establish the SIDS Partnership Framework (A/RES/70/202).

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Event: Workshop on Synergies among the Biodiversity-Related Conventions[viewed]

This workshop will feature discussions of thematic areas for enhanced synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions on: the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, the Aichi targets and national biodiversity strategies and action plans; institutional arrangements and coordination mechanisms; information and knowledge management; national reporting, monitoring and indicators; communication and awareness-raising; science-policy interface; capacity building; and resource mobilization and utilization.

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January 2016 Climate Finance Update[viewed]

During the month of January, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), the European Investment Bank (EIB), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank and the Adaptation Fund, among others, reported on new funding approvals and other climate finance news. Multilateral Development Banks (MDBs), climate funds and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched publications on, inter alia, blended climate finance, climate co-finance tracking and climate risk management.

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