Trade

Conservation of Humpback Whale, Rhinoceros and European Wildlife Feature in February [viewed]

cms_cites_ecFebruary 2015: In February, the European Commission announced the development of a draft Wildlife Conservation Strategy focusing on terrestrial species, with the Commission emphasizing that flora and fauna from marine as well as inland waters will be added in the future.

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Member States Discuss Role of Trade in Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

Unctad10 February 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) hosted a discussion of the role of trade in the global partnership and the means of implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. The event took place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) High-Level Thematic Debate on Means of Implementation for a Transformative Post-2015 Development Agenda.

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High-Level Event Explores Means of Implementation Priorities for FfD3, Post-2015 Processes [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA10 February 2015: The President of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Sam Kutesa, convened a high-level thematic debate to discuss key elements of a renewed global partnership for sustainable development, as well as infrastructure development, and the role of parliaments, cities and local authorities in the implementation of the post-2015 development agenda. A President's Summary of the meeting, to be released by 18 February 2015, will serve as input for both the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda and the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD3).

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UNCTAD Warns Against Restrictive Regional Trade Agreements [viewed]

UNCTAD4 February 2015: A policy brief from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) calls for improving the global governance of trade, warning that regional trade agreements are subjecting many developing countries to more stringent requirements than those contained in multilateral trade agreements.

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24th AU Summit Adopts Decisions on Post-2015 Negotiations, Gender Equality, Illicit Flows [viewed]

African Union (AU)31 January 2015: Participants called for women's empowerment in Africa as an important step in achieving the goals of Agenda 2063, at the 24th African Union (AU) Summit, which convened under the theme, ‘2015 Year of Women's Empowerment and Development towards Africa's Agenda 2063.' Delegates adopted the Agenda 2063 framework document and decisions on climate change, the post-2015 development agenda, trade, health and other issues. The Summit also included a presentation of the final report of the High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows.

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UNGA President Reflects on UN Accomplishments Since 1945, Upcoming Priorities [viewed]

69th Session of the UNGA27 January 2015: In a public lecture in Kampala, Uganda, UN General Assembly President Sam Kutesa highlighted UN accomplishments and challenges since its creation in 1945, as well as priorities for the rest of the 69th session. He noted that successful implementation of the post-2015 development agenda will “largely depend on mobilizing adequate resources and mainstreaming the agenda in our national development plans." Uganda's Vice President, Speaker of Parliament and Prime Minister were among those attending the lecture on 27 January 2015.

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Member States Conclude First Drafting Session on FfD [viewed]

First Drafting Session on FfD30 January 2015: As part of preparations for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD), UN Member States conducted the first of three drafting sessions on the Conference outcome document. The session was devoted to discussing elements of the eventual outcome document, in response to the 'Elements Paper' circulated by the co-facilitators, Geir Pedersen of Norway and George Talbot of Guyana. The Co-Facilitators announced that they will prepare a zero draft for circulation by the end of February, before the second drafting session, in April 2015.

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ITTO Market Report Links Indonesian Certification to German Imports [viewed]

Itto2 February 2015: The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 16-30 January issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which highlights a drop in German wood product imports from Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire, Ghana and Malaysia. However, the report notes an increase over the same period in imports from Indonesia, in part due to mandatory certification of Indonesian wood products.

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Event: Intergovernmental Forum on Mining and Sustainable Development [viewed]

At the Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development (IGF), governments, mining companies and industry associations will convene to discuss enhancing the contribution of the mining sector to sustainable development. To foster coordinated action in strengthening good governance in the mineral sector, the IGF will convene high-level representatives from developing country governments, donor agencies, international organizations, civil society and the private sector.  

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Event: Eighth Joint AUC-ECA Annual Meetings [viewed]

The Eighth Joint African Union Commission (AUC)-Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) Annual Meetings will take place as part of the AU Conference of Ministers of the Economy and Finance and the ECA Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development, under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development'. The conference will include plenary sessions; round table debates; side events; and the launch of the annual Economic Report on Africa, which addresses the theme of trade and industrialization. The conference will include a ministerial segment from 30-31 March and an expert segment from 26-27 March.  

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