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Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14

Discussions Begin on Ensuring Success of SDG 14

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jul 02, 2015 07:21
Participants discussed progress in addressing ocean conservation, management and governance at a side event highlighting the upcoming Triennial Oceans and Seas Global Conference. Speakers noted achievements in oceans governance, such as the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) recommendation to launch negotiations for a new implementing agreement under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the proposal by the Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of a stand-alone goal to Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development (SDG 14).
Jul 02, 2015

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Paperback version of "Governing International Watercourses" now available

Paperback version of "Governing International Watercourses" now available

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 24, 2015 01:31
The book “Governing International Watercourses. River Basin Organizations and the sustainable governance of internationally shared rivers and lakes” is now available as paperback version. This book focuses on River Basin Organizations as the key institutions for managing internationally shared water resources. This includes a comparative analysis of all River Basin Organizations worldwide and three in-depth case studies from three different continents. The detailed case studies are the Senegal (West Africa), Mekong (South-east Asia) and Danube (Europe) rivers.
Jun 24, 2015

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High-Level Conference Reviews UN ‘Water for Life’ Decade

High-Level Conference Reviews UN ‘Water for Life’ Decade

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 22, 2015 10:15
11 June 2015: The High Level International Conference on the Implementation of the International Decade for Action on ‘Water for Life' concluded with the adoption of a declaration encouraging action to promote the sustainable management of water resources, in particular in relation to adaptation to climate change.
Jun 22, 2015

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World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans

World Oceans Day Highlights Importance of Healthy Oceans

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 22, 2015 09:45
8 June 2015: The world has celebrated World Oceans Day, which took place under the theme, ‘Healthy oceans, healthy planet.' The day drew attention to the importance of protecting and sustainably managing the world's oceans as well as the central role of oceans in biodiversity, climate, hydrology and other Earth systems.
Jun 22, 2015

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UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution to Develop New Marine Biodiversity Treaty for the High Seas and Beyond

UN General Assembly Adopts Resolution to Develop New Marine Biodiversity Treaty for the High Seas and Beyond

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 21, 2015 11:20
A landmark resolution was adopted earlier today (19 June 2015) by a consensus of UN member states, to develop a legally-binding treaty for the conservation of marine life beyond national territorial waters – that area of the ocean shared by all. The resolution formalizes the recommendations made last January by the UN Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (“UN Working Group”) which was tasked with assessing the feasibility of a new treaty, and signals a major step forward toward convening an intergovernmental negotiating conference that would finalize the terms of the new treaty, possibly in 2018.
Jun 21, 2015

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Unknown Mediterranean hotspots recognised by Ramsar wetlands convention

Unknown Mediterranean hotspots recognised by Ramsar wetlands convention

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 21, 2015 08:32
An important initiative of Greece leads to the adoption of a resolution for the “Conservation of Mediterranean Basin island wetlands”. Greece brings to the spotlight the urgency to conserve the fragile island wetlands of the Mediterranean, through a resolution that was unanimously adopted on June 8th by the plenary of the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12) to the Convention on Wetlands of international significance (Ramsar, Iran, 1971).
Jun 21, 2015

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Essential EAFM trainings in Malaysia lead to deeper trust and confidence among stakeholders combatting overfishing

Essential EAFM trainings in Malaysia lead to deeper trust and confidence among stakeholders combatting overfishing

by CTI SEA RPMO last modified Jun 21, 2015 08:05
The Coastal and Marine Resources Management in the Coral Triangle-Southeast Asia (CTI-SEA) published its second experience note on building know-how on the application of the ecosystem approach to fisheries management (EAFM) in Sabah on 18 June 2015. The paper discussed lessons and benefits from working closely with partners from the Department of Fisheries Sabah (DOF) Sabah and DOF Malaysia in conducting two Essential EAFM trainings. The collaboration not only led to cost-savings for the agencies involved but also in building trust and confidence among stakeholders who are now working together to apply EAFM. Stakeholder engagement is a crucial element in the transboundary management of large marine ecosystems.
Jun 18, 2015
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UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Welcomes G7 Leaders' Declaration

UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner Welcomes G7 Leaders' Declaration

by Damaris Waigwa last modified Jun 11, 2015 08:50
Research by UNEP's Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System shows that tackling climate change requires economic transformation and a re-channeling of private finance to enable the orderly transition from high-carbon to low-carbon investments, and also from vulnerable to resilient assets. To create lasting value in the real economy, we need to continuously evolve the effectiveness of our financial system thereby aligning the financial economy with the needs and markets of the future. Recent trends such as last year's US$ 270 billion market for renewable energy investments and the emergence of new principles, standards and incentives for the fast-moving 'green bond' market are indicative of the scope for transformation.
Jun 11, 2015

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GEF announce the approval of an innovative program to support sustainable fisheries

GEF announce the approval of an innovative program to support sustainable fisheries

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 08, 2015 09:24
On World Oceans Day, the GEF is proud to announce the approval of an innovative program to support sustainable fisheries, the Coastal Fisheries Initiative (CFI). CFI was approved at last week’s 48th GEF council and represents a strategic partnership to demonstrate holistic ecosystem based management and improved governance of coastal fisheries. The CFI addresses all coastal fisheries in the EEZ, which complements GEF’s comprehensive and long-standing support to multi-country cooperation for sustainable management of the world’s Large Marine Ecosystems.
Jun 08, 2015
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World Ocean Day: The environment, people and the economy

World Ocean Day: The environment, people and the economy

by Khristine Custodio last modified Jun 08, 2015 08:53
The People and Companies Providing Ocean Goods and Services are Fundamental to the Future of the Ocean. On World Ocean Day, let’s acknowledge that that the future of the ocean is inextricably intertwined with the ocean economy – the broad range of commercial activity that provides societies with critical ocean goods and services.
Jun 08, 2015

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International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

International Biodiversity Day Celebrates Biodiversity and Sustainable Development

by Damaris Waigwa last modified May 29, 2015 09:32
The 2015 International Day for Biological Diversity convened under the theme, ‘Biodiversity and Sustainable Development,' reflecting the importance of efforts made to establish a set of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the relevance of biodiversity for achieving sustainable development. The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) organized several events to mark the occasion on 22 May 2015, including one at UN Headquarters in New York, US.
May 29, 2015

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2015 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet

2015 Theme: Healthy oceans, healthy planet

by Khristine Custodio last modified May 18, 2015 11:11
The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more! In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.
May 18, 2015

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