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'Harmonisation of national reporting to the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements'

National reporting is one of the key obligations for Parties to the biodiversity-related multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). However, gathering and synthesising the information required for the reports to the various MEAs can provide a burden for Parties. A range of COP decisions, incl ...

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'Worthless words' or 'diplomatic triumph'? Climate scientists weigh in on Paris agreement

The general view of the Paris agreement reached last week among climate scientists seems to be that while it won't halt global warming, it is an important step in that direction.

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165 states queue up to sign UN climate deal

Countries are lining up to sign the Paris Climate Agreement at a ceremony at UN headquarters in New York on April 22. The treaty marks a turning point on paper, but still needs huge efforts to be implemented.

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20 years after Kyoto Protocol, where does world stand on climate?

On Dec. 11, 1997, representatives from over 150 nations gathered in Kyoto to hammer out what would become the world’s first international agreement to control and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, especially carbon dioxide.

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A 30-Year-Old Treaty Proves Humans Can Still Save Planet Earth

As the United States government goes out of its way to roll back clean Earth initiatives of the past, it’s easy to forget that sometimes good policies can lead to meaningful change — and it can stick. A new paper published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters shows that a 30-year-old inte ...

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A 360° View of Forests: People, Biodiversity, Carbon, and More

Discussions on REDD and other payments for ecosystem services (PES) are showing the need for a holistic approach to forest management. For example, it is now widely accepted that REDD efforts can only be successful if they are built on a strong foundation of good forest governance in resilient a ...

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A New Regime for the High Seas

Late last year, nearly 200 nations came together in Paris to reach a critical global climate agreement. The Paris climate agreement demonstrated that the international community can come together and successfully tackle a grave environmental problem of global scope. It is now time for the intern ...

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COP 10


Presentations addressing the issue of biodiversity will be given from the macro and micro perspectives. 1. Australia currently conserves more than 13 per cent of the country through the protected area network. Threats to reserves, however, go beyond boundaries and influences are often landscap ...

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A new era of implementation of the Convention on all life on Earth is born in Curitiba at the largest ever gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity

Curitiba, 31 March 2006 – 4,000 delegates from around the world have agreed on a road map to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, in line with the agreement reached by 110 Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in ...

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A new era of implementation of the Convention on all life on Earth is born in Curitiba at the largest ever gathering of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity.

Curitiba, 31 March 2006 – 4,000 delegates from around the world have agreed on a road map to significantly reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, in line with the agreement reached by 110 Heads of State and Government at the World Summit on Sustainable Development held in Johannesburg in ...

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A ‘perfect’ agreement in Paris is not essential

So here we go again. Nations are meeting in Paris for their twenty-first attempt to agree on decisive action to avoid what the United Nations defines as dangerous climate change

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ABS Governance : the compliance issues

Present the results of the third ABS Governance roundtable been held in november 2005 in Paris with the aim of identifying existing and potential mechanisms for ensuring compliance with the an international regime on ABS, ABS agreements and protection of sovereign and community rights.

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ABS contracts for non-commercial academic research – two models

Jointly, stakeholders from a provider and a user country (Colombia and Switzerland) present their complementary models for contracts especially designed for non-commercial academic research. The Universidad Nacional de Colombia in Bogotá presents its proposal of a "Contrato Marco" (framework co ...

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Academics call for geoengineering preparation in wake of Paris Agreement’s 'deadly flaws'

Scientists say failure of agreement to immediately implement emissions cuts means geoengineering must be seriously explored, despite the enormous risks it entails

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Access And Benefit Sharing Mentioned In US Patent For Natural Dye, Might Be A First

A recent patent granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office to a Colombian company stated where the genetic resource of the invention was taken from and described the access and benefit-sharing agreement made with indigenous communities. This might be the first time that such a stat ...

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Access and Benefit Sharing: A contextual discussion on Article 8j and Indian Biological Diversity Act 2002 and Rules 2004 - Experiences form UNEP-GEF-MoEFCC project

National Biodiversity Authority, India is currently implementing the first National Project on Access and Benefit Sharing under the UNEP-GEF-MoEF Project on “Strengthening the Implementation of the Biological Diversity Act, 2002 and Rules, 2004, with focus on its Access and Benefit Sharing Provi ...

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Access and Benefit Sharing: Real Problems and False Solutions

While governments fiddle with false solutions like minor adaptations in patent law, biopiracy is growing unabated. All over the world new cases of shameless biopiracy have been reported over the past years. Addressing these problems requires a fundamental review of existing intellectual property ...

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Accord on Sustainability Boosted at COP13 in Mexico

Mexico, Dec 12 (Prensa Latina) The Mexican states of Yucatan, Campeche and Quintana Roo signed the Agreement for the Sustainability of the Yucatan Peninsula, during the 13th United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13), which is being currently held in Cancun.

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Achieving synergies between the CBD and UNFCCC: The potential for pro-poor REDD

Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD) was a prominent issue during the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) latest Convention of the Parties (COP), which was held December 3-14, 2007, in Bali, Indonesia. One of the main outcomes of the Bali meet ...

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Adaptation Funding a Key Issue for Caribbean at Climate Talks

GEORGETOWN, Guyana, Jun 15 2015 (IPS) - With less than six months to go before the next full United Nations Conference of the Parties also known as COP 21 – widely regarded as a make-or-break moment for an agreement on global action on climate change – Caribbean nations are still hammering out t ...

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Africa and the Paris Agreement: Which Way Forward?

ADDIS ABABA, Oct 30 2016 (IPS) - The Paris Agreement on climate change is set to enter into force on Nov. 4, after it passed the required threshold of at least 55 Parties, accounting for an estimated 55 per cent of the total global greenhouse gas emissions, ratifying the agreement.

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Africa: Aligning Sustainable Development Goals With Climate-Resilient Growth

In December 2015 the UN will host the 21st annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) negotiations to achieve universal commitment to an ambitious, legally binding agreement on climate change.

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Africa: Leaders to Adopt Sustainable Development Agenda

Tanzania and other 193 member states of the United Nations have reached an agreement on the outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted next month by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit in New York.

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Africa: Rwanda Ratifies Paris Agreement On Climate Change

Rwanda has joined more than 80 nations to ratify the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, an international treaty that aims to limit global temperature increases to 2 degrees Celsius with an ambition to keep increases below 1.5 degrees.

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African Ministers Unite in Calling for Strong Universal Climate Agreement, Sufficient Finance

With countries set to approve a new climate change agreement under the UN in Paris in December, Ministers from governments across Africa have renewed their call for a strong and universal climate change agreement with increased flows of funds, including through market and finance opportunities, ...

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African nations threaten veto if climate deal too weak

[ARUSHA] African negotiators plan to block a global agreement on reducing global warming if the deal is too weak and fails to consider the implications of climate change for the continent’s wellbeing.



African-Eurasian Migratory Waterbird Agreement

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Against the Odds, Caribbean Doubles Down for 1.5 Degree Deal in Paris

KINGSTON, Jamaica, Nov 23 2015 (IPS) - Negotiators from the 15-member Caribbean Community (CARICOM) are intent on striking a deal to keep the global temperature rise at 1.5 degrees of pre-industrial levels, but many fear that a 10-year-old agreement to buy cheap petroleum from Venezuela puts the ...



Agreement on the Conservation of Populations of European Bats (EUROBATS)

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Agreement reached to work towards a legally binding instrument on Liability and Redress with regard to GMOs

Bonn, 16 May 2008 - After four years of intensive negotiation, the 2,000 participants attending the Bonn Biosafety Meeting, the largest ever gathering on biosafety, agreed to work towards legally binding rules and procedures for liability and redress for potential damage caused from the tran ...

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Agreement strengthens conservation of the red macaw in Mexico

CANCUN — Within the framework of the United Nations Conference on Biodiversity (COP13), the National Commission on Natural Protected Areas (Conanp, for its acronym in Spanish) and Grupo Experiencias Xcaret signed an agreement to strengthen the recovery program of the red macaw in the jungles of ...

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Ahead of UNEA-2: Paris Signing Marks Critical Next Step to Sustainable Future

Nairobi/Bonn/New York, 20 April 2016 - The record number of countries set to sign the Paris Agreement in New York on 22 April signals the next step towards the Agreement coming into force and a critical juncture in a global effort to ensure lasting hopes for secure and peaceful, human development.

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Al Gore urges world leaders to sign Paris climate deal

MANILA (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - World leaders must show their commitment to tackling global warming by signing the Paris climate agreement at a ceremony in April at the United Nations, climate change activist and former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said.

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Alliance for Zero Extinction and the Convention on Biological Diversity Join Forces

Washington, D.C., 11 June, 2010 – Two of the world’s premier institutions promoting biodiversity conservation—the Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE), a global alliance to prevent extinction of species, and the Convention on Biological Diversity and its 193 Parties—are entering into a partnership ...

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An Innovative Green Growth Model for the Plane

Cancun, Mexico | December 10, 2016 - During the United Nations Biodiversity Conference COP13, the state governments of Campeche, Quintana Roo and Yucatan, Mexico’s federal government representatives, civil society organizations and more than 50 companies committed to green growth and conservatio ...

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An international regime on ABS: Essential Questions with Regard to Scope

The functionality and strength of an international regime on ABS depends to a great extent on its scope. Whether the parties will agree to a broad and inclusive scope depends on how the different sub-sectors of genetic resources will be dealt with in an international regime and what genetic reso ...

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Analysis: Are technologies to remove CO2 the solution to climate change?

The use of Negative Emission Technologies (NETs) to remove CO2 from the atmosphere is not sufficient to keep global warming within the Paris Agreement targets, a new report has found.


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Application of the Advance Informed Agreement Procedure

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Are corporates coming on board to tackle climate change?

The 2015 climate summit in Paris was considered a qualified success by many. Even then, it was essentially an agreement between governments. To make real change will mean a change of lifestyle, and that will require massive changes in the way we consume.

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Are the FAO and WHO ABS-Agreements supportive of the objectives of the Nagoya Protocol?

Article 4 of the Nagoya Protocol explicitly envisages the possibility of specialized international access and benefit-sharing instruments,provided that they are supportive of and do not run counter to the objectives of the Convention and the Protocol. The side-event will analyse two current impo ...

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As momentum builds for December climate talks in Paris, Ban looks ahead to ‘bold’ outcome

26 August 2015 – Commending France’s “exemplary leadership” on efforts to tackle climate change, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today affirmed that the international community is now at a stage where the final elements of the new climate agreement are being negotiated.

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