Trade

CBD COP 12 Commits to Funding Increase, Highlights Biodiversity's Contribution to Sustainable Development Agenda [viewed]

cop1217 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.

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UN Chronicle Focuses on Poaching and Illegal Wildlife Trade [viewed]

UN ChronicleOctober 2014: The September edition of the 'UN Chronicle,' the magazine of the UN, is dedicated to the topics of poaching and illegal wildlife trade, with a focus on causes and possible solutions.

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TRAFFIC Reports on Increased Illegal Trade in South African Abalone [viewed]

traffic7 October 2014: TRAFFIC has released a report that details evidence and the evolution of illegal harvest and trade in Perlemoen Abalone, a species found off the coast of South Africa.

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IFPRI, AfDB Publish Review of GM Crops in Africa [viewed]

ifpri-afdbOctober 2014: The International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) and African Development Bank (AfDB) have released a report detailing the current status of biotechnology in Africa, with particular focus on genetically modified (GM) crops. The report, titled 'GM Agricultural Technologies for Africa: A State of Affairs,' considers the potential pros and cons of expanding Africa's currently limited use of GM crops and outlines the barriers to their adoption.

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TRAFFIC Report Reviews Trends in Illegal Trade in Ivory and Rhinoceros Horn [viewed]

traffic22 September 2014: The USAID-funded Wildlife Trafficking, Response, Assessment and Priority Setting (Wildlife TRAPS) Project has published a study prepared by TRAFFIC on illegal trade trends in wild African elephant and rhinoceros.

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Biosafety COP/MOP Adopts 14 Decisions, Extends Work on Risk Assessment, Socio-economic Considerations [viewed]

bs-copmop73 October 2014: The seventh meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety (COP/MOP 7) adopted 14 decisions, including decisions providing for continued intersessional work on risk assessment and risk management and socio-economic considerations.

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Jobs and Africa Discussed at WTO Public Forum [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)3 October 2014: Representatives from civil society, academia, business, governments, and inter-governmental organizations convened for the World Trade Organization's (WTO) annual Public Forum. The Forum, which focused this year on three sub-themes — trade and jobs, trade and consumers, and trade and Africa – took place on 1-3 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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TTM Report Focuses on China [viewed]

Itto1 October 2014: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-30 September issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report highlighting a drop in imported timber prices in China due to supply, which sits at about 5 million cubic meters, exceeding domestic demand.

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Participants Address Wildlife Trafficking on Margins of UNGA General Debate [viewed]

german-gabon26 September 2014: Heads of States and Government and Ministers from countries affected by poaching and wildlife trafficking, as well as UN agency representatives and other stakeholders, discussed how to combat wildlife trafficking and curb poaching at a luncheon on ‘Poaching and Illicit Wildlife Trafficking: Towards Joint Action by the International Community.' Germany and Gabon hosted the event on the margins of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, with the aim of taking stock of progress on addressing the issues and raising awareness on illegal wildlife and poaching.

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Commonwealth Heads of Government Issue Statement on Post-2015 Development [viewed]

commonwealthlogo26 September 2014: Commonwealth Heads of Government adopted a Statement on the UN post-2015 development agenda, for submission to the UN Secretary-General. The Heads of Government met on 26 September 2014, in New York, US, during the 69th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).

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