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Latest News - 22 October 2014
DESA Announces Follow-Up Plans for SIDS Conference
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October_2014: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) has outlined plans for ensuring implementation of commitments made at the 2014 Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), some of which specifically address the role of the UN system in supporting SIDS. continued...
West African Coastal Countries Submit Joint Document to CLCS
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25_September 2014: Seven West African coastal countries jointly submitted a document on seafloor exploration and exploitation to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS). GRID-Arendal, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Norwegian Mapping Authority and the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate provided technical support to the countries in their submission, according to GRID-Arendal's September newsletter. continued...
CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda
Read More: CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda
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...
UN Spotlights Role of Rural Women in Climate, SDGs
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15_October 2014: This year's International Day of Rural Women emphasized that rural women are critical for achieving the transformational economic, environmental and social changes required for sustainable development. In a statement marking the day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said rural women are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and a universal climate agreement, and urged addressing the discrimination and deprivation that rural women suffer, including lack of access to land, markets, finance, social protection and services. continued...
September 2014 Water Finance Update
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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...
Pacific Islands Highlight IAS as Regional Priority
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10_October 2014: At the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 12), the Pacific Islands shared the 'Guidelines for Invasive Species Management in the Pacific' and highlighted a regional project on 'Prevention, control and management of invasive species in the Pacific islands.' continued...
SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
IV Regular Meeting of the Inter-American Committee on Sustainable Development Washington D.C., US 22 Oct - 23 Oct
47th Meeting of the GEF Council Washington D.C., US 27 Oct - 30 Oct
IPCC 40 Copenhagen, Kobenhavn, Denmark 27 Oct - 31 Oct
5th Asia Pacific Ministerial Conference on Housing and Urban Development Seoul, Seoul-T'Ukpyolsi, Republic of Korea 3 Nov - 5 Nov
39th Meeting of COTED Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana 3 Nov - 7 Nov
LEG Regional Training Workshop on NAPs for the Pacific LDCs Port Vila, Shefa, Vanuatu 3 Nov - 7 Nov
Fiftieth Session of the International Tropical Timber Council (ITTC) Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan 3 Nov - 8 Nov
CMS COP 11 Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador 3 Nov - 9 Nov
7th International Conference on Ballast Water Management (ICBWM2014) Singapore, Singapore 5 Nov - 7 Nov
2014 APEC Economic Leaders' Week Beijing, China 5 Nov - 11 Nov
International Conference on Ecohydrology Yogyakarta (Java), Indonesia 10 Nov - 12 Nov
Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol Paris, Ile-De-France, France 17 Nov - 21 Nov
Second International Conference on Nutrition Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Nov - 21 Nov
INDM, IGO, IACNDR Washington D.C., US 25 Nov - 26 Nov
UNFCCC COP 20 Lima, Peru 1 Dec - 12 Dec
 
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