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SIDS SIDS News / 20 May 2015
UNFF11 Concludes with Ministerial Declaration, Decisions on IAF
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15_May_2015: The 11th session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11) was held at UN headquarters in New York from 4-15 May 2015, with the High-Level Segment taking place from 13-14 May 2015. Delegates convened to discuss, inter alia, progress, challenges and the way forward for the international arrangement on forests, including reviewing the effectiveness of the international arrangement on forests (IAF), the progress towards the achievement of the global objectives on forests and the contribution of forests and the IAF to the internationally agreed development goals. continued...
CBD Secretariat and Republic of Korea Sign Bio-Bridge Initiative Funding Agreement
Read More: CBD Secretariat and Republic of Korea Sign Bio-Bridge Initiative Funding Agreement
19_May_2015: The Republic of Korea and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) have signed a funding agreement for the implementation of the 2015-2020 Bio-Bridge Initiative, which aims to promote technical and scientific cooperation and support for the achievement of CBD goals and targets. continued...
Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean
Read More: Global Ocean Commission Discusses Rescue Package for the Global Ocean
18_May_2015: The 5th Meeting of the Global Ocean Commission (GOC 5) discussed the outcome of the GOC report, titled ‘From Decline to Recovery: A Rescue Package for the Global Ocean.' Twelve high-level Commissioners, including former Heads of State, and ministers and leaders in the private sector and of international organizations, met on 17 May 2015 in New York, US, to: update Commissioners on progress and developments since the report's release; solicit input into the proposed strategy contained in the report; and discuss ways by which a Global Ocean Accountability Board (GOAB – working title) could be established and managed once the Commission ceases to exist at the end of 2015. continued...
Post-2015 Negotiations Begin Discussion on Follow-up and Review
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18_May_2015: The fifth session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda opened on 18 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US. The five-day session is focusing on follow-up and review of the post-2015 agenda. continued...
BRS COPs Adopt Over 50 Decisions
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15_May_2015: The twelfth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (BC COP12), the seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (RC COP7), and the seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (SC COP7) convened in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow.” continued...
Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference
Read More: Pacific Climate Change Roundtable Focuses on Paris Conference
15_May_2015: The fifth Pacific Climate Change Roundtable (PCCR) aimed to, inter alia: update the region on the latest climate change science and finance issues and their implications for the region and the UNFCCC negotiations; review the implementation of, and share lessons learned from, the Pacific Islands Framework for Action on Climate Change (PIFACC) against agreed indicators in its monitoring and evaluation (M&E) framework; facilitate and provide mechanisms for strengthening networking, partnerships and collaborations among Pacific Island Countries; and discuss the new Strategy for Climate and Disaster Resilient Development Plan (SRDP). continued...
Consultation Opens on Sustainable Use of PGRFA
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8_May_2015: The Secretariat of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGR) has opened the electronic consultation on sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture (PGRFA). The consultation, based on an electronic survey, will be open until 24 May 2015. continued...
SPREP, CSIRO Collaborate in Combating Marine Litter
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8_May_2015: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia have collaborated to better understand the impacts of marine plastic in the waters surrounding Papua New Guinea (PNG), Samoa and Solomon Islands. continued...
Second SE4ALL Forum to Highlight Finance, First UN Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue
Read More: Second SE4ALL Forum to Highlight Finance, First UN Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue
14_May_2015: The Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative is set to convene the Second Annual SE4ALL Forum under the theme ‘Financing Sustainable Energy for All'. The Forum, to be held from 18-21 May 2015, at UN Headquarters in New York, US, will include the launch of the Global SE4ALL Commitment Platform, two-days of Multi-Stakeholder sessions and the first-ever Global Energy Ministerial Dialogue at the UN. continued...
World Migratory Bird Day 2015 Highlights Importance of Bird-Friendly Energy Technologies
Read More: World Migratory Bird Day 2015 Highlights Importance of Bird-Friendly Energy Technologies
10_May_2015: World Migratory Bird Day 2015 was celebrated on 9-10 May 2015 in over 80 countries, under the theme 'Energy - make it bird-friendly!' The theme highlighted the importance of deploying clean energy technologies in a way that minimizes impacts on migratory birds and their habitats. continued...
SIDS SIDS Policy & Practice Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Second UN Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) Forum New York City, US 18 May - 21 May
Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda – Fifth Session New York City, US 18 May - 22 May
World Education Forum Incheon, Republic of Korea 19 May - 22 May
IWC Scientific Committee Meeting San Diego, CA, US 19 May - 3 Jun
Regional Conference on Aligning Corporate Sustainability with SDGs Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 20 May
International Day for Biological Diversity 2015 worldwide 22 May
Seventh Japan-Pacific Islands Leaders Meeting (PALM 7) Iwaki, Fukushima, Japan 22 May - 23 May
The Pacific Ocean Alliance: High Hopes for High Seas Suva, Central, Fiji 25 May - 27 May
71st Session of ESCAP Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 25 May - 29 May
Intersessional Consultations for FfD3 New York City, US 26 May - 29 May
Second Blue Planet Symposium Cairns, Queensland, Australia 27 May - 29 May
48th Meeting of the GEF Council: Consultation with Civil Society Organizations Washington D.C., US 1 Jun
Intersessional Consultations for FfD3 New York City, US 1 Jun - 5 Jun
Ramsar COP 12 Punta del Este, Maldonado, Uruguay 1 Jun - 9 Jun
42nd Sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 1 Jun - 11 Jun
 
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