Trade

IMO Approves Mandatory Fuel Consumption Data Collection for Ships [viewed]

imo_mandatoryfuelconsumption22 April 2016: In a step toward determining what possible climate change actions are needed from the international shipping sector, the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved a mandatory system for collecting data on ships' fuel consumption. Ships of 5,000 gross tonnage or more will have to record and report their consumption for every type of fuel they use to their flag State at the end of the calendar year. The flag State will determine whether the reporting meets requirements, issue a Statement of Compliance to the ship and transfer the data to the IMO Ship Fuel Consumption Database.

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FfD Forum Adopts Intergovernmental Conclusions [viewed]

ECOSOC20 April 2016: UN Member States concluded the inaugural session of the Financing for Development (FfD) Forum by adopting a brief set of intergovernmentally agreed conclusions and recommendations, through which they express strong commitment to the “full” implementation of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).

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FfD Forum Continues with Discussion of AAAA Action Areas, Global Infrastructure Forum [viewed]

ECOSOC19 April 2016: On the second day of the inaugural Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Forum on Financing for Development follow-up (FfD Forum), participants discussed action areas and other components of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA) including the global framework for financing sustainable development, domestic and international public resources, and domestic and international private business and finance. A panel discussion on the Global Infrastructure Forum also took place.

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African Environment Ministers Table Regional Priorities Ahead of UNEA-2 [viewed]

Amcen119 April 2016: Ministers of Environment and other high-level representatives from 45 African countries agreed to accelerate action on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the prevention of illegal trade in wildlife at the Sixth Special Session of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN). Participants also finalized a set of resolutions reflecting the region's priorities to be tabled at the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) in May 2016.

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Inaugural FfD Forum Begins with 2030 Agenda Challenges, Implementation, Follow-Up [viewed]

ECOSOC18 April 2016: The inaugural session of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forum on financing for development follow-up (FfD Forum) opened in New York, US, with ministers, high-level officials, heads of UN departments and agencies and other stakeholders discussing current global economic challenges, including slow economic growth and massive waves of forced migration, the need for concerted action, and innovative development financing options, as well as their contributions to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Addis Ababa Action Agenda (AAAA).

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Event: Expanding Productive Capacity for Achieving the SDGs [viewed]

The Committee for Development Policy (CDP) is organizing a panel discussion on ‘Expanding Productive Capacity for Achieving the SDGs'. The event will present CDP perspectives on how the least developed countries (LDCs) and other developing countries can expand their productive capacity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Panelists will discuss: policy recommendations, such as building governance capabilities; investments in human capacities and social protection; growth-oriented macroeconomic and financial policies; new industrial policies that take into account the particular conditions of LDCs; and international support measures for LDCs, including aid for trade and preferential market access.  

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Event: International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands [viewed]

Held on the occasion of the 2016 International Year of Pulses, this conference will provide a platform for scientists, policy-makers, extension workers, traders, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders to consider the contributions of pulses to food and nutritional security and ecosystem health. Among other issues, the conference will address the following themes: global scenarios on pulses production, consumption and trade; innovative techniques for pulses improvement and adaptation; diversification and sustainable intensification of agri-food systems through pulses; seed systems, input markets and mechanization; nutrition, fortification, health and food security; and social, economic and policy issues. The conference will also include a knowledge-sharing event to exchange success stories and lessons learnt and to discuss challenges.

The conference is co-organized by the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA) - a member of the CGIAR Consortium, the Moroccan section of the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA) and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), in partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the OCP Foundation and the CGIAR Consortium and its Research Program on Grain Legumes.  

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World Wildlife Day 2016 Focuses on Illicit Trafficking, Poaching [viewed]

wildlifeday3 March 2016: In celebration of the World Wildlife Day 2016, organized around the theme “The future of wildlife is in our hands,” UN Member States, UN agencies and stakeholders discussed illicit trafficking in wildlife. Participants in the discussion stressed the need for: enhancing governance; taking individual responsibility; involving all relevant stakeholders; strengthening law enforcement; addressing corruption; engaging and empowering the communities that live in the proximity where wildlife lives; and addressing the lack of staff and capacity. The sub-theme of the Day was "The future of elephants is in our hands," to draw special attention to African and Asian elephants.

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Event: P3a Conference: Public Private Partnership for Small Islands [viewed]

The P3a Conference is jointly organised by the Netherlands, the UN Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and small island developing States (UNOHRLLS), the Government of Aruba and the PPP Knowledge Center Aruba. The conference will discuss and promote the potential for public-private partnerships for small islands, in the areas of oceans, connectivity (ICTs and transport), sustainable agriculture, sustainable tourism, renewable energy, infrastructure and finance. The conference will bring together 37 small island developing States (SIDS) together with public and private sector leaders to strengthen international cooperation toward achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through providing governments, private companies, financial institutions and knowledge centers the opportunity to showcase and discuss upcoming and ongoing PPP projects that are of mutual interest. The conference plans to establish a SIDS Global Business Network that will link up the three SIDS regions, allowing for a better exchange of experiences and best practices. Aruba is a Caribbean island off the Venezuela coast, and is one of four constituent countries that form the Kingdom of the Netherlands, along with the Netherlands, Curaçao and Sint Maarten.  

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Port State Measures Agreement on IUU Fishing Moves Closer to Entry into Force [viewed]

USA Flag11 February 2016: US President Barack Obama has signed the instrument that will allow the US to join the Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, following the passage by Congress of the Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 and bringing the US in line to become the 20th party to the Agreement. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate IUU Fishing aims to strengthen international efforts to address IUU fishing and to contribute to sustainable fisheries management and governance at all levels.

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