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

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 ...

Press Release

The Convention on Biological Diversity and the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands raise the bar on cooperation between multilateral environment agreements

Montreal - 9 January 2007, Mr. Peter Bridgewater, Secretary General of the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, and Mr. Ahmed Djoghlaf, Executive Secretary of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), set ground-breaking standards for collaboration between multilateral environment agreements throu ...

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The Cooperation between Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity (Italy) and the Ministry of Agrarian Development (Brazil): "Using Ecogastronomy to value biodiversity at the rural territories"

In 2004, the Ministry of Agrarian Development (MDA) and the Territorial Development Secretariat (SDT) had signed a cooperation agreement with Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. The main purpose of this agreement is to promote and support the preservation and valuation of traditional foods, t ...

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The Green Customs Initiative and the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety

The Green Customs Initiative is a partnership of the Secretariats of six multilateral environmental agreements and four international organizations. It aims to enhance the capacity of customs and other relevant enforcement personnel to monitor and facilitate the legal trade and to detect and pre ...

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The Hoodia case: the San experiences with benefit-sharing agreements

At this side-event representatives of the San are going to inform about their benefit-sharing agreements regarding the use of Hoodia. Representatives of European NGOs inform about (non)compliance with these agreements in user countries. - Working Group for Indigenous Minorities in Southern Afri ...

News Headlines

The Paris Agreement Is Just the First Step in Fighting Climate Change

On November 29, over 1 million people in 175 nations took to the streets, in the largest protest demanding immediate action on climate change in history.

News Headlines

The Paris Climate Change Agreement – A Window for Africa’s Sustainable Development

“The Adoption of the Paris Agreement shows that the world understands that with climate change there are no winners and no losers. Either we all win together, or we all lose together”, the President of the African Development Bank Group, Akinwumi Adesina, said Sunday. “And yesterday we all comm ...

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The Paris agreement marks an unprecedented political recognition of the risks of climate change

“HISTORY is here,” declared François Hollande, France’s president, on Saturday morning.

Side Event
COP 11

The Role of Ecological Networks in the Conservation of Migratory Species

Habitat destruction and fragmentation are recognized among the primary threats to migratory species. The Convention on Migratory Species (CMS) and its related Agreements acknowledge that migratory species’ conservation merits particular attention in the designation and implementation of initiat ...

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The UN List of Protected Areas: Launch of a New System for National Authorities to Update, Edit and Add Information

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to view the newly redeveloped UN List of protected areas system (part of the World Database on Protected Areas, a joint project of UNEP and IUCN) built specifically for national authorities to provide data into the global system by reveal ...

Press Release

The UN Meeting on Biosafety Ends with An Agreement to Advance Work on the Issue of Socioeconomic Considerations Regarding Living Modified Organisms

Hyderabad, 6 October 2012 - The sixth meeting of the governing body of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety ended last night here in Hyderabad, India, with an agreement to advance discussions to clarify socioeconomic issues associated with living modified organism (LMOs).

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The climate-change fight returns to Paris

Nearly two years have passed since France’s then-foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, struck his gavel and declared: “The Paris agreement for the climate is accepted.” Next week, President Emmanuel Macron and the French government will host world leaders and non-state actors for the One Planet Summit.

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The harlequin ladybird is a clever little devil

Tricked out in Halloween orange and black, a harlequin moves awkwardly through a micro woodland of moss on the concrete as if it were wandering through an alien world, which in some respects it is.

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The rush to ratification of the Paris Agreement

At the time of writing, according to the UNFCCC website tracking ratifications of the Paris Climate Agreement (PA), we currently have 60 Parties and 47.76 percent of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions accounted for.

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The world is racing to stop climate change. But the math still doesn’t add up

he entire globe is moving fast to stop climate change. The Paris climate agreement enters into legal force on Friday, and then shortly afterwards comes a first global meeting to start implementing it in Marrakech, Morocco. (Yes, there’s also a U.S. election in there somewhere that could, er, com ...

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Time for everyone to sign up for strong ocean governance

There is currently no legal mechanism for creating Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) on the high seas. A proposed agreement by the UN looks to rectify that, writes Sophie Mirgaux.


Tools, guidance and information related to biodiversity and climate change in the context of the Paris Agreement

Reference: SCBD/SPS/CG/SG/SK/AC/86047 (2016-127)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

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Tools, guidance and information related to biodiversity and climate change in the context of the expected climate agreement

Reference: SCBD/SAM/DC/SK/AC/84278 (2015-015)
To: CBD National Focal Points and SBSTTA Focal Points

pdf English 
News Headlines

Top musicians release ‘love song’ to Earth to inspire action at UN climate conference

4 September 2015 – Internationally renowned artists have released a song urging world leaders to reach a global agreement during the United Nations climate conference in December to limit the impacts of climate change.

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Tourists Can Soon Offset Travel with Trees

Tourists visiting Iceland will soon be able to plant trees to lessen the carbon footprint of their trip, RÚV reports. The company Landsskógar ehf. has signed an agreement with the Icelandic Forest Service on the cultivation of trees on behalf of tourists and others who want to offset their carbo ...

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Trading Precaution: The Precautionary Principle and the WTO

This side event draws on the UNU-IAS report "Trading Precaution: The Precautionary Principle and the WTO". This report examines the debate on the evolution of the precautionary principle in the context of the WTO. It clarifies proposals to enhance the incorporation of this principle in the rules ...

Side Event
COP 10

Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL)

India has setup Traditional Knowledge Digital Library (TKDL) as a tool to prevent mis-appropriation/bio-piracy of its Traditional Knowledge at International Patent Offices. TKDL contains information in 34 million pages in a patent application format in five International languages i.e. English, ...

Side Event

Transnational Cooperation on Management of Fresh Water: the Guarani Aquifer

Presentation of legal research and case studies from representative regions as potential models and a draft agreement for management of the Guarani Aquifer (Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay) building on article published in Texas Law Review, June, 2005 by Benjamin, Tinker, Lima Marques

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Tree Planting Initiatives Planned to Offset Environmental Impacts of Biodiversity Meetings

Following three weeks of meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Curitiba, Brazil, the Governor of the State of Paraná, Mr. Roberto Requião, and the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, signed an agre ...

Press Release

Tree Planting Initiatives Planned to Offset Environmental Impacts of Biodiversity Meetings.

Following three weeks of meetings of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, held in Curitiba, Brazil, the Governor of the State of Paraná, Mr. Roberto Requião, and the Executive Secretary of the Convention, Dr Ahmed Djoghlaf, signed an agre ...

News Headlines

Two forest countries, two very different conservation finance outlooks

Papua New Guinea and Tanzania are both REDD+ countries, meaning they’re participating in the UN program officially enshrined in the Paris climate agreement that aims to channel international finance to conservation activities that reduce carbon emissions associated with deforestation and forest ...

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U.N. Chief Seeks Equity in Paris Climate Change Pact

UNITED NATIONS, Jun 29 2015 (IPS) - When the 193-member General Assembly hosted a high level meeting on climate change Monday, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned that any proposed agreement at an upcoming international conference in Paris in December must uphold the principle of equity.

Press Release

UN Biodiversity Conference results in significant commitments for action on biodiversity

Agreements reached on actions to integrate biodiversity in forestry, fisheries, agriculture, and tourism sectors and to achieve the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development

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UN Biodiversity Conference: UNDP Capacity-Building Portal, Yucatán Peninsula Agreement on Sustainability 2030 Launched

10 December 2016: The first week of the UN Biodiversity Conference concluded with the launch of a UN Development Programme (UNDP) web portal to build capacity for biodiversity and ecosystem services, and the signing of the Yucatán Peninsula Agreement on Sustainability for 2030 (ASPY).

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UN Chief Seeks Fast-Paced Ratifications for Climate Change Treaty

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 19 2016 (IPS) - Over 150 countries are expected to sign the Paris climate change agreement on April 22 but the historic treaty will not come into force until it has been ratified by 55 countries.

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UN calls for post-Brexit UK to link with EU on environment policy

Global or regional agreements are vital for cross-border problems such as pollution and wildlife crime, says new environment chief, Erik Solheim

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UN chief invites leaders to fast-track ratification of Paris climate deal

20 July 2016 – Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging world leaders to ratify the Paris Agreement on climate change and speed up the process to restrict greenhouse gas emissions.

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UN chief urges action on climate change as Trump debates

NEW YORK (AP) - U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made an impassioned appeal Tuesday for the world to intensify action to combat climate change and implement the Paris Agreement to limit carbon emissions as President Donald Trump debates whether the U.S. will withdraw from the accord.

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UN climate change chief steps down after historic Paris deal

Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the UNFCCC, announces she will step down in July after successful Paris climate agreement to cut emissions

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UN climate talks in Bonn seek to turn Paris agreement into action

UN climate talks resume in Bonn on Monday, the first after the key Paris agreement last December. With the first four months of 2016 the hottest ever recorded, delegates are under pressure to push implementation.

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UN drops plan to help move climate-change affected people

Australia opposed the plan for a group to assist migration, and it has been left off the draft agreement for UN climate talks in Paris

Press Release

UN meeting agrees decisions to advance the implementation of the International Agreement on the safe use of living modified organisms

Governments attending a United Nations meeting on the safe use of living modified organisms have agreed on various actions to advance the implementation of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity

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UN official stresses need for renewed momentum towards achieving climate accord

4 June 2015 – “The clock is ticking faster and faster” before an agreement must be reached in Paris in December, but “so much has happened over the past few weeks,” a senior United Nations climate change official said today.

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UN officials stress investment, smart policies for sustainable future of world’s forests

20 March 2015 – The sustainable management and conservation of forests must be included in the sustainable development goals and climate change agreement to be adopted later this year, United Nations officials stressed ahead of the International Day of Forests, observed worldwide on 21 March.

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UN puts wildlife crime on a par with drug and people trafficking

A new agreement between 193 countries is set to clamp down on wildlife crime. Last week’s UN resolution upgraded the seriousness of such crime, putting it on a par with trafficking people and arms – a development that campaigners hope will take the issue out of its environmental niche and make i ...

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UN says Paris Agreement on climate change must aim for long-term environmental stability

21 April 2016 – As global leaders prepare to sign the Paris Agreement on climate change tomorrow at United Nations Headquarters in New York, the head of the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction today called on signatories to go beyond their existing commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emission ...

Press Release

UN treaty bodies renew partnership to save tropical forests’ rich treasure of biological resources

Pyeongchang, 13 October 2014 – The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) – the United Nations treaty-based organization uniquely focused on tropical forests – and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) renewed a partnership agreement to enhance biodiversity c ...

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UN: Huge emissions cuts needed to meet Paris climate goals

STOCKHOLM -- The world is nowhere near on track to achieve the ambitious temperature goals adopted in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change, the UN said Thursday in a sobering report that warned of a human tragedy unless governments stepped up efforts to fight global warming.

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UNDP calls for binding Paris agreement to stem global temperature rise

NEW YORK - As world leaders meet to commit to a new, global climate change agreement, UN Development Programme (UNDP) chief Helen Clark heads to Paris to join calls for an ambitious agreement that results in concrete actions to reduce emissions and limit temperature rise to well below two degree ...

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Updated Information on Experience of Compliance Mechanisms under Other Multilateral Environmental Agreements

Meeting Document


Information and Experience Regarding Repeated Cases of Non Compliance under the Compliance Mechanisms of Other Multilateral Environmental Agreements

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