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Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific News / 20 September 2016
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Why Legal Timber Matters
Robert Simpson, Manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations - Why Legal Timber Matters
by Robert Simpson, Manager of the Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade (FLEGT) Programme at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

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? continued...
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Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres
Lauren Anderson, Content Editor for Biodiversity, Land and Forests, IISD Reporting Services (US) - Wildlife Crime: Fanning the Ivory Pyres
by Lauren Anderson, Content Editor for Biodiversity, Land and Forests, IISD Reporting Services (US)

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. continued...
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Member States Open Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Adopt New York Declaration
Read More: Member States Open Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Adopt New York Declaration
19_September 2016: UN Member States have adopted the 'New York Declaration for Refugees and Migrants,' committing to: protecting the human rights of all refugees and migrants, regardless of status, ensuring that all refugee and migrant children begin receiving education within a few months of arrival; preventing and responding to sexual and gender-based violence; supporting those countries rescuing, receiving and hosting large numbers of refugees and migrants; and starting negotiations leading to an international conference in 2018, which will culminate with the adoption of two global compacts on refugees and migrants. continued...
New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement
Read More: New Ratifications Announced for Paris Agreement
19_September 2016: The Federated States of Micronesia deposited its instrument of ratification of the Paris Agreement with the UN on 15 September. Ukraine deposited its instrument of ratification with the UN on 19 September 2016. In addition, Brazil, Panama and Mexico have recently completed their domestic processes for ratification and the deposit of their instruments is imminent. These additions will bring to 32 the total number of Parties to the UNFCCC that have deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance, approval or accession to the Agreement, with further announcements expected on 21 September during a special event convened by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon for that purpose at UN Headquarters. continued...
UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste
Read More: UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste
September_2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a toolkit, titled ‘Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers,' which describes legislation used by countries to address marine litter. The toolkit recommends reducing the overall production of marine litter through a circular economy approach that prevents the generation of waste products. continued...
2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support
Read More: 2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support
16_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. continued...
Rotterdam CRC-12 Approves Guidance on Carbofuran, Carbosulfan
Read More: Rotterdam CRC-12 Approves Guidance on Carbofuran, Carbosulfan
16_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). continued...
UN Agencies Highlight Childhood Data Gaps, Refugee Education Needs
Read More: UN Agencies Highlight Childhood Data Gaps, Refugee Education Needs
14_September 2016: UN agencies are urging Member States to address childhood education and data gaps, particularly in the hidden areas of refugee and migrant children's needs, ahead of the UN Summit for Migrants and Refugees in New York. continued...
Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III
Read More: Agreed Draft of New Urban Agenda Forwarded to Habitat III
10_September 2016: A draft outcome document for the UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) was agreed during informal negotiations that took place from 7-10 September 2016, at UN Headquarters in New York. The document, titled "New Urban Agenda," is expected to be formally adopted at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, from 17-20 October 2016. continued...
UNECE Presents Regional Input to Habitat III
Read More: UNECE Presents Regional Input to Habitat III
13_September 2016: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has presented the Habitat III Regional Report for the UNECE region, which will be submitted as the official input from the pan-European region to the New Urban Agenda, the outcome of the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III). continued...
SCF Forum Explores Financial Instruments for Addressing Loss and Damage
Read More: SCF Forum Explores Financial Instruments for Addressing Loss and Damage
6_September 2016: The Standing Committee on Finance (SCF) held its 2016 Forum under the theme, 'Financial instruments that address the risks of loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.' Discussions at the Forum highlighted the need for a holistic and integrated approach to addressing the risks of loss and damage, while underscoring that there is no one-size-fits-all to mobilizing support. continued...
IFAD Report: Inclusive Rural Development Key to Achieving SDGs
Read More: IFAD Report: Inclusive Rural Development Key to Achieving SDGs
14_September 2016: The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) launched the 2016 issue of the Rural Development Report, which analyzes lessons learned from IFAD's experiences in fostering inclusive rural transformation in over 60 countries across the world. The report, sub-titled 'Fostering Inclusive Rural Transformation,' highlights how such a transformation can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). continued...
Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS
Read More: Regions Hold Joint Preparatory Meetings in Advance of CITES and CBD COPS
13_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. continued...
OHRLLS Reports LDCs' Progress Towards Graduation
Read More: OHRLLS Reports LDCs' Progress Towards Graduation
13_September 2016: The UN Office of the High Representative for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OHRLLS) released its 2016 report on the ‘State of Least Developed Countries' (LDCs), highlighting that at least ten countries are currently in the progress of graduating from LDC status. Titled 'Follow up of the Implementation of the Istanbul Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries,' the 2016 report takes on the special theme of 'Coherence and Synergies between the IPoA and the 2030 Agenda.' continued...
Canada, India to Bolster Energy Cooperation
Read More: Canada, India to Bolster Energy Cooperation
9_September 2016: During an official visit to India, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources James Gordon Carr met with Indian ministers in charge of different aspects of the energy sector. In a joint statement released at the conclusion of the visit, the two countries outline their vision for energy cooperation moving forward. They agree to combat climate change in the context of the Paris Agreement, and to align energy policies in pursuit of expanding energy access and low-carbon, sustainable growth. continued...
UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA
Read More: UN Secretary-General Reports on LLDCs, Transmits Draft Charter for LDCs Technology Bank to UNGA
August_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. continued...
UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office
Read More: UNGA 71 Opens with First-ever Oath of Office
13_September 2016: The 70th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) held its closing plenary, adopting a consensus resolution to improve the transparency and accountability of the Office of the UNGA President. UNGA 71 then opened with the incoming President, Peter Thomson of Fiji, becoming the first in UN history to take an Oath of Office. continued...
UN Highlights Rising South-South FDI Flows, Partnership Incubator
Read More: UN Highlights Rising South-South FDI Flows, Partnership Incubator
12_September 2016: Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows among countries of the global South is on the rise, despite the ongoing volatility of global financial markets, said UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the occasion of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation. Ban also highlighted the Southern Climate Partnership Incubator, a project facility launched by the UN Office for South-South Cooperation and the Office of the Secretary-General, which aims to support cooperation for climate action by developing countries. continued...
FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2
Read More: FAO-USAID Project Building Capacity to Measure SDG 2
7_September 2016: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) signed an agreement to boost the capacity of developing countries to track agricultural data and progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The FAO-led project aims to design and implement agricultural integrated surveys (AGRIS), a cost-effective approach to collecting agricultural data in developing countries. continued...
Asia-Pacific Asia-Pacific Regional Coverage Calendar: Current & Upcoming Events
Fourth Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Warsaw International Mechanism for Loss and Damage Bonn, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany 19 Sep - 23 Sep
Twelfth Meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC-12) Rome, Lazio, Italy 19 Sep - 23 Sep
Climate Week NYC New York City, US 19 Sep - 25 Sep
Leaders' Summit on Refugees New York City, US 20 Sep
71st General Debate of UN General Assembly New York City, US 20 Sep - 30 Sep
Second Annual Solutions Summit New York City, US 21 Sep
UN Paris Climate Agreement: Toward Entry into Force New York City, US 21 Sep
Peaceful, Just, and Inclusive Societies for Sustainable Development New York City, US 22 Sep
Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22) New York City, US 22 Sep
UNGA High-Level Segment on the Right to Development New York City, US 22 Sep
Regionalism and the 2030 Agenda New York City, US 23 Sep
SDGs Coming to Life: Envisioning a Common and Resilient Future New York City, US 23 Sep
Workshop on People First Public-Private Partnerships Bangkok (Krung Thep), Thailand 23 Sep
CITES CoP17 Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa 24 Sep - 5 Oct
Global Consultation on Farmers' Rights Indonesia 27 Sep - 30 Sep
 
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