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Member States Adopt Draft Outcome of SIDS Conference [viewed]

UN Member States adopted the Draft Outcome of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), titled 'Accelerated Modalities of Action [S.A.M.O.A.] Pathway,' concluding the work of the Preparatory Committee. The resumed PrepCom took place until 11 July 2014.

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Event: Second Natural Capital Summit of the Natural Capital Initiative[viewed]

The Natural Capital Initiative's (NCI) Second Natural Capital Summit will bring together 250 leaders from academia, policy, business, and civil society to discuss the role of natural capital accounting in planning and decision-making.

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OWG Concludes Work, Submits SDG Proposal to UNGA[viewed]

The UN General Assembly's Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) has concluded its work, adopting by acclamation a report containing 17 proposed SDGs and their 169 targets. The proposal will be submitted to the UN General Assembly for consideration and action at its 68th session.

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ICRAF Promotes Gender Considerations in Agroforestry[viewed]

The World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) released a guide on integrating gender into natural and social science research on agroforestry. In particular, the guide presents advice on the collection and use of gender-disaggregated data and on the application of gender analysis.

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World Bank, GEF Highlight their Contributions to Fighting Illegal Wildlife Trade[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the World Bank report that illegal wildlife trade has taken a major toll on the world's threatened species. Globally, illegal wildlife trade is estimated to be a multi-billion per year industry and the fourth largest illegal trade after drugs, humans, and weapons. The difference, highlighted by the finance institutions, is that global illegal wildlife trade involves a finite and rapidly diminishing amount of resources.

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ITTO Highlights Growth in China's Timber Processing Machinery Industry[viewed]

The International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) launched the 1 - 15 July issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report, which discusses the growth of China's forest machinery industry to an annual value of US$2 billion in 2013. The report notes that a majority of timber processing machinery is exported to Europe and North America.

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CIFOR Focuses on Tropical Dry Forests [viewed]

The Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), following an assessment of the state of research on tropical dry forests, has published ‘Tropical Dry Forests: Under threat and under-researched,' which notes that dry forests account for about half of all tropical and sub-tropical forests, yet, receive proportionally much less attention from both a research and policy standpoint.

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European Commission Quantifies Cost of Climate Impacts[viewed]

Climate change-related damage could cost the EU €190 billion or more unless further climate action is taken, according to a study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC). The study seeks to quantify the biophysical impacts of climate change on household welfare and economic activity by examining climate impacts on ten sectors in five EU regions through a broad set of climate model simulations.

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UNCTAD and CITES Partner to Enhance Tracking of Traded Species [viewed]

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to collaborate on a set of tools that will help customs authorities regulate the import and export of CITES-listed species.

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FAO Stresses Importance of Native Tree Species in Restoration[viewed]

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has published 'Genetic Considerations in Ecosystem Restoration Using Native Tree Species,' which focuses on the use of native species in large-scale landscape restoration projects to enhance biodiversity, improve the conservation status of select species and boost ecosystem resilience.

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