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Pushing the Caribbean agenda in Paris

PARIS, France (CMC) – St Kitts-Nevis Prime Minister Dr Timothy Harris has called on the international community to “negotiate and agree a legally-binding agreement with ambitious emission reduction targets”.

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Putin reviews environmental agenda

Weeks after a breakthrough U.N. agreement on climate issues, Russian President Vladimir Putin said next year would be the year of the environment in Russia

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REDD+: The implementation challenge in the Congo Basin

REDD+ is now moving into countries’ implementation arenas after final agreements by parties over its modalities during the 42nd session of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice in Bonn.

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Race to ratify the Paris climate deal starts at the UN

The first significant step to putting the Paris Climate Agreement into practice will take place on Friday.

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Ratifiying the Paris agreement will be a major step but must be the first of many

Making the accord legally binding is not enough to guarantee the world keeps warming within agreed limits. That will take much more - not least ending our reliance on fossil fuels

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Record turnout at UN boosts climate

Amid hope and hype, delegates have started the process of signing the Paris climate agreement at UN headquarters in New York.


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Renewing Partnership between the International Tropical Timber Organization and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity

Pyeongchang, 15 October 2014 – The secretariats of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) renewed an agreement today to continue to closely collaborate over the coming six years. The first Memorandum of Understanding, signed in 2010 ...

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Reversed Access, Customary Law and Equitable Benefit-Sharing

Presentation of research findings on customary law as the basis for TK protection and ABS, and of the case of the Equitable Benefit-Sharing agreement between communities of the Potato Park, Peru.

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Rio Conventions join forces for sustainable development and the future we want

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 13 June 2012 – At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the secretariats of the biodiversity, climate change and desertification conventions and the Global Environment Facility are joining forces under the Rio Conventions Pavilion to promote ...

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S. Korea 98th Nation to Effectuate Nagoya Protocol

The Nagoya Protocol, a global agreement on the use of genetic resources that go into food, medicine and cosmetics, will take effect in South Korea from August 17th.

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SECO/IISD Launch of the ABS-Management Tool: Best Practice Standard and Handbook for Implementing Genetic Resource Access and Benefit-sharing Activities

The event will highlight use and further implementation of the ABS-Management Tool (ABS-MT), a best practice standard and a handbook that provides guidance and tools on ABS practice to help companies, researchers, local and indigenous communities, and governments ensure compliance with the Bonn ...

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SEMARNAT, PROFEPA, and Aeromexico Work Together to Spread Information about Biodiversity in Mexico

MEXICO CITY, July 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Mexico's Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources (SEMARNAT), through the Federal Attorney General's Office for Environmental Protection (PROFEPA), signed an addendum for increased cooperation through the Collaboration Agreement it signed with the ...

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SPREP and CBD Strengthen Commitments to Biodiversity Conservation in the Pacific

Sydney, 15 November 2014 - The signing of an agreement over the weekend between the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) was a fitting culmination to the Pacific Islands Dialogue to prepare for Pacif ...

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Saint-Laurent and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity to Cooperate on Promoting Urban Biodiversity

SAINT-LAURENT, QC, June 18, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - Saint-Laurent Mayor Alan DeSousa and Braulio Ferreira de Souza Dias, Executive Secretary of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, signed a letter of agreement today to promote their common vision on urban biodiversity.

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Science needed for more transparency in Paris climate projections

Safeguarding forests and minimising emissions from cutting them down is critical to meeting the Paris Agreement goals, but new research finds we need more scientific, consistent and transparent ways to measure progress toward these goals.

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Scientists say North should commit to pay for forest conservation in South

OSLO, Norway, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- If the Paris Agreement is to be honored, countries in the Global North must commit to fund conservation efforts in the Global South. That is the conclusion of Bard Harstad, a professor of environmental economics at the University of Oslo.

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Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity Signs Memorandum of Cooperation with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP).

Paris, 2 July 2007: Today, at the margins of the twelfth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) the Secretariat signed an agreement with the International Federation of Agricultural Producers (IFAP) on future cooperation between the two organiza ...

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Senior UN climate change official envisages ‘good agreement’ at upcoming Pairs conference

25 August 2015 – The climate change agreement world leaders are expected to sign in December “has to take us to a less than 2 degree global warming path because that is the ultimate test of the whole package that will come out of Paris,” according to Janos Pasztor, a senior United Nations offici ...

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Senior UN official tells Forest Forum how it can contribute to sustainable development

13 May 2015 – A new international agreement on forests should aim at advancing implementation of sustainable forest management and bring about a reversal of deforestation, the President of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said this morning.

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Setting the record straight on the Paris Climate Agreement

World leaders call it a historic climate pact. Others say the agreement does not go far enough and might remain an empty shell. DW takes a closer look.

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Shared values can forge consensus on climate change, scientists say

April 5 (UPI) -- Though scientists are largely in agreement on the realities of man-made climate change, the topic remains contentious among politicians and the general public.

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Signing of Partnership Agreement with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity of the United Nations: Strengthening international cooperation for the conservation and use of biodiversity toward sustainable development

On December 4, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a memorandum of cooperation with the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (SCBD) (1) of the United Nations at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate ...

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Six issues to watch at the Paris climate talks

Tension is mounting at the UN climate summit in Paris. As the meeting heads into its second week, negotiators are busy sifting through the draft agreement to limit greenhouse-gas emissions — line by excruciating line.

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Spring duck hunting in Sápmi, Norway: Indigenous cultural practices based on traditional knowledge. Sustainable customary use of biodiversity?

Spring duck hunting is a saami tradition in the municipality of Kautokeino in Norway. The Sami Parliament and State authorities in Norway are now in consultations with the objective of achieving agreement for the future of spring duck hunting. Spring duck hunting is an indigenous cultural practi ...

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Starting Line Draws Nearer for Global Climate Agreement

UNITED NATIONS, Sep 22 2016 (IPS) - The Paris Climate Agreement is on the verge of coming into force after 31 nations officially deposited their instruments of ratification here Wednesday, more than doubling the number of countries which have joined so far to reach 60.

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Strategy for the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity for MERCOSUR/ Estrategia para la Conservación y Uso Sostenible de la Biodiversidad para el MERCOSUR

The Ministers of Environment from Mercosur will sign the Project of Additional Protocol to the Environment of Conservation and Sustainable Use of Biological Diversity Framework Agreement for Mercosur. This side event will show the background which led to Mercosur Environmental Area to rely on an ...

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COP 10

Strengthening Governments- Civil Society partnerships for enhanced CBD implementation

Her Imperial Highness Princess Takamado will preside over this event which will present how the BirdLife International Partnership, a science-based organisation with local-global structure that is made up of more than 100 non-governmental organisations, is collaborating with CBD Parties and the ...

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Sustainable Infrastructure Development consistent with biodiversity conservation in Japan

Japanese approaches (experiences and techniques) for harmonizing development and biodiversity will be presented to formulate agreements on the Revised Strategic Plan of the Convention. Japan has experienced environmental problems caused by rapid development, and has solved them through various ...

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Sustainable food systems vital to achieving 2030 Agenda nutrition targets – UN Rome-based agencies

17 October 2016 – Opening its 43rd plenary session in Rome today in the wake of major global agreements on sustainable development and climate change, the main United Nations body focused on food security and nutrition, called for an urgent transformation of the world’s food system and nutrition ...

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Sync Biodiversity

The UNEP Governing Council and Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) in its eleventh special session held in Bali, Indonesia discussed the need and possibilities for identifying synergies between biodiversity related Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs). The discussions held rec ...

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Tackling Climate Change in the Caribbean: Natural Solutions to a Human Induced Problem

UNITED NATIONS, Feb 2 2016 (IPS) - The world is still celebrating the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, the main outcome of the 21st Conference of the Parties of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Talking Point: Big role to play as world fights climate change

THIS week, representatives of nearly 200 countries gathered in Bonn, Germany, for COP23, the major climate change conference of the year. While the corridors were filled with talk of the Trump Administration’s decision to withdraw from the 2015 Paris Agreement, support for the agreement remains ...

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Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation

The assumption that species are fixed entities1 underpins every international agreement on biodiversity conservation, all national environmental legislation and the efforts of many individuals and organizations to safeguard plants and animals. Yet for a discipline aiming to impose order on the n ...

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The 30-year-old ozone layer treaty has a new role: fighting climate change

The 1987 treaty that stopped the pollution causing a hole in the ozone layer is rightly seen as a major success story. It’s arguably the most successful international environmental agreement ever. It’s true that, 30 years on from the signing of the Montreal Protocol, the Antarctic ozone hole sti ...

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The Benefits of Plant Variety Protection under the UPOV Convention. Language: English

Presentation on the benefits of plant variety protection under the UPOV Convention based on an Impact Study carried out by UPOV. Information on the relationship between the UPOV Convention and other international agreements will also be provided. It is planned to use half of the allocated time ...

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