Trade

Event: G20 Summit - China 2016 [viewed]

The Group of 20 leaders will convene in Hangzhou, China, to discuss way to enhance international economic cooperation. The theme of the 2016 Summit is China, 'Towards an innovative, invigorated, interconnected and inclusive world economy'. Four Sherpas' Meetings will be held before the Summit for preparation, and one after the Summit on follow-up. In addition, four meetings will be held for Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors, and six for finance deputies to move forward the financial agenda. G20 trade, employment, energy and agriculture ministers meetings as well as relevant working groups meetings will also seek to promote cooperation in their respective areas and prepare the deliverables for the Summit.  

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DESA Studies Macroeconomic Implications of China's ‘Silk Road' [viewed]

undesa_china16 August 2016: The UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) announced a study of how China's ‘Silk Road' regional cooperation initiatives are contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the seven action areas of the Addis Ababa Action Agenda on financing for development (AAAA). DESA will conduct the study through a capacity development project in cooperation with China.

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UN Reports on Progress towards New International Economic Order [viewed]

United Nations20 July 2016: The UN issued an updated overview of the major international economic and policy challenges that must be addressed to achieve the aims of the 1974 Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order (NIEO). The report finds that some of the ideas raised at the time are still relevant and useful for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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23rd Session of FAO COFO Supports 'New Agenda for Forests' [viewed]

cofo2325 July 2016: Participants of the 23rd session of the Committee on Forestry (COFO) of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which convened in conjunction with the 5th World Forest Week, involved a series of discussions, events and publication launches under the theme, 'Shaping a new agenda for forests.'

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UNCTAD to Play "Central Role" in Achieving SDGs [viewed]

unctad1425 July 2016: Delegates agreed to give the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) a central role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), by adopting a framework that will guide UNCTAD's work over the next four years, and that is primarily focused on realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The 14th session of UNCTAD (UNCTAD 14) resulted in a political declaration and the ‘Nairobi Consensus,' on providing technical assistance to ensure that globalization and trade benefit people in developing countries.

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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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