Trade

CITES CoP17 Opens, Readies to Consider 62 Proposals [viewed]

cites_cop1724 September 2016: The seventeenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (CoP17) to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Flora and Fauna (CITES) opened in Johannesburg, South Africa. South Africa's President Jakob Zuma stated his country is taking actions on illegal trade in wildlife called upon by the UN General Assembly and UN Environment Assembly.

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UNGA Continues Addressing SDG Priorities, Ratification of Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo21 September 2016: On its second day, the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) continued its annual general debate under the theme, ‘The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world,' at UN Headquarters in New York, US. Countries focused on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, among other topics, sharing national progress and urging further action on a range of issues from financing to the relationship between peace and development.

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UN General Debate Opens with Focus on SDG Implementation, Paris Agreement Ratification [viewed]

ga-71-logo20 September 2016: The 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) opened its general debate, which is taking place on the theme, 'The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): a universal push to transform our world.' Many countries expressed support for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on climate change, with Heads of State and Government describing their countries' implementation efforts, highlighting challenges and calling for action on issues ranging from gender equality to ocean conservation.

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Policy Update #1: Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres [viewed]

Stopping wildlife crime has truly become, as the title of a recent International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) high-level dialogue pronounced, “Everybody's Business.” And it seems everyone - from multilateral organizations to national governments to the private sector and to non-governmental organizations - is getting in on the action.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Rotterdam CRC-12 Approves Guidance on Carbofuran, Carbosulfan [viewed]

crc1216 September 2016: The 12th meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC-12) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade adopted decisions on draft guidance documents (DGDs) for two chemicals, a notification of final regulatory action on another, and the proposal for a new Rotterdam Convention listing of a severely hazardous pesticide formulation (SHPF).

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CSOs Reflect on SDG Evaluation, G20 Summit, Refugees and Trade [viewed]

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)14 September 2016: In recent papers and briefing information, civil society organizations (CSOs) reflect on evaluation within the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), analyze the outcome of the Group of 20 (G20) Summit on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, focus on refugees and migrants, and consider trade and productive capacity.

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Guest Article #9: Why Legal Timber Matters [viewed]

Have you ever run your hand across a gleaming table top and wondered where its wood came from? Or asked whose job it was to cut the logs that became your new bookcase? Whose trees were used to produce that pencil you're chewing on?

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Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS [viewed]

CBD CITES13 September 2016: The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) held four joint regional meetings in an effort to coordinate Parties' preparation for the Conventions' Conferences of the Parties (COP), which will take place in September and December, respectively. The joint meetings brought together over 100 countries in Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean and Oceania, providing an opportunity for Parties to the two Conventions to prioritize topics and exchange views on CITES-CBD joint elements, such as on synergies among the biodiversity-related conventions.

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UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA [viewed]

ga-71-logoAugust 2016: In a report released ahead of the 71st UN General Assembly (UNGA), the UN Secretary-General provided an update on the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action (VPoA) for landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) for the decade 2014-2024. Also transmitted to the UNGA was a draft Charter for the Technology Bank for the least developed countries (LDCs), outlining operational details of the Bank.

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