Trade

South African Ratification Brings Ban Amendment Closer to Entry into Force [viewed]

Basel Covention24 June 2016: South Africa has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, becoming the 87th Party to the Convention to do so and bringing the Amendment closer to entry into force. The instrument was filed on 24 June 2016 with the UN Secretary-General in his capacity as depository for the Convention.

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Event: Africa Regional Joint Preparatory Meeting for CITES CoP 17 and CBD COP 13 [viewed]

This joint preparatory meeting will discuss the agenda items of two upcoming meetings: the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), which will convene from 24 September to 5 October 2016 in South Africa; and the 13th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD COP 13), the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 8), and the second meeting of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Nagoya Protocol on Access and Benefit-sharing (COP/MOP 2), all of which will convene concurrently from 4-17 December 2016, in Cancun, Mexico.  

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Event: First OECD-Base Erosion and Profit Shifting (BEPS) Meeting [viewed]

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has agreed on a new framework that will allow all interested countries and jurisdictions to work jointly for the implementation of the package of measures against base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS). This framework will bring together interested countries and jurisdictions as Associates on an equal footing with OECD and the G20 countries in the OECD's Committee on Fiscal Affairs to develop international standards related to BEPS and to review and monitor the implementation of the whole BEPS package. The first meeting will convene from 30 June-1 July 2016, in Kyoto, Japan. During this meeting, senior-level representatives of the members of the framework are expected to take decisions on the governance, structure and work programme of the framework, including the monitoring process of the four minimum standards and the timing of the implementation of the other elements of the BEPS Package.  

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GEF Council Marks 25th Anniversary, Approves Work Program for US$398.68 Million, CBIT Trust Fund [viewed]

gef509 June 2016: The 50th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council, which marked the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the GEF, approved a Work Program comprising 38 project concepts and four programmatic frameworks, with total resources amounting to US$398.68 million. In addition, the GEF Council established a new trust fund for the Capacity-building Initiative for Transparency (CBIT), which was created in response to a request by the UNFCCC Conference of the Parties, as reflected in the decision adopting the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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WED 2016 Focuses on Prevention of Wildlife Crime [viewed]

wed5 June 2016: UN and world leaders called for zero tolerance for illegal trade in wildlife on World Environment Day (WED), which was celebrated globally under the theme, 'Go wild for life.' Statements on the Day stressed achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's Target 15.7, which calls for "urgent action to end poaching and trafficking of protected species of flora and fauna and address both demand and supply of illegal wildlife products."

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Sustainable Energy Finance Update: MDBs Prioritize Clean, Efficient Energy, Invest in Infrastructure to Expand Electricity Access [viewed]

energy_update_jun1 June 2016: During the month of May, many multilateral development banks (MDBs) hosted their annual meetings, at which sustainable energy was often a central theme. The African Development Bank (AfDB), for instance, has placed powering the African continent “on the front burner,” putting it at the top of its priority list.

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G7 Declaration Supports Action on 2030 Agenda, Paris Agreement on Climate Change [viewed]

g7_201627 May 2016: The 2016 Group of 7 (G7) Ise-Shima Summit in Japan adopted a Declaration that addresses major global economic and political challenges, and commits to making progress on development, economic and security issues to ensure global peace, security and prosperity. In the Declaration, leaders commit to efforts to implement commitments of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change.

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Africa Forum Makes Recommendation for HLPF, Regional Follow-up [viewed]

UNECA27 May 2016: Inclusion should be the lens for ensuring integrated approaches to the implementation, follow-up and review of Agenda 2063 and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to participants at the Second Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD). ARFSD 2 convened in advance of the 2016 session of the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), as part of a series of regional preparatory processes to identify regional sustainable development priorities and generate recommendations to strengthen the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

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First World Wildlife Crime Report Launched, UN Campaign Targets Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

Wildlife Campaign25 May 2016: Launched by the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the first World Wildlife Crime Report highlights how the poaching and illegal trade of wildlife not only present real environmental dangers, but ultimately undermine the rule of law. An unprecedented campaign against illegal wildlife trade was launched during the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), backed by several celebrities in their role as UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Goodwill Ambassadors.

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“No Scientific Voice Left Behind,” Concludes UNEA Science-Policy Forum [viewed]

UNEA-220 May 2016: The inaugural Science-Policy Forum held prior to the second session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) discussed how to bring together diverse scientific and policy communities and citizens' voices to ensure that emerging environmental issues are highlighted and effectively addressed in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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