Upcoming Trade and Environmental Events
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Coming up in the next two weeks (3-17 December)
4 December, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar. This event is hosted by Internews’ Earth Journalism Network and the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED). It will bring together journalists, bloggers, and scientists to examine how the wealth of environmental and scientific data available can best be harnessed to explain the issues surrounding climate change. Among other topics, speakers at this official UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) side event will address climate change and social media, as well as how to make maps of climate change data. For more information or to register, visit the event website.
4 December, Brussels, Belgium. A GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE ON BIOFUEL SUBSIDIES REFORM IN THE EU. Organised by the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), this discussion aims to facilitate an exchange of insights on the global context of political barriers to biofuel subsidies reform by bringing together high-level speakers representing various stakeholder groups and different regions of the world. The event will take a snapshot of the interests of various stakeholders who will be positively or negatively affected under different scenarios of biofuel subsidy reform and will encourage discussion among these stakeholders in an attempt to find a politically feasible, economically expedient and environmentally sound mix of biofuel policies in major biofuel producing countries. For more information, visit the IISD website.
4-6 December, Geneva, Switzerland. MEASURING THE FUTURE WE WANT. The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is organising an international conference on indicators for inclusive green economy and green growth (GE/GG) policies. The conference will bring together experts from international organisations, national governments, research institutions and NGOs to share experiences and lessons from the work on GE/GG related indicators and discuss how to harmonise approaches and use indicators to guide GE/GG policy development. For more information, visit the event website.
6-8 December, Kingston, Jamaica. CARIBBEAN REGIONAL CONSULTATION WORKSHOP ON THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL GUIDELINES FOR SECURING SUSTAINABLE SMALL-SCALE FISHERIES. Organised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), this workshop will aim to support the development of the International Guidelines for Securing Sustainable Small-Scale Fisheries (SSF Guidelines) by providing inputs and advice, both with regard to good policies and practices in the region and in respect of overall principles and contents and to provide comments on the current Zero Draft of the SSF Guidelines. Discussions will address implementation issues and will promote cross-linkages between the SSF Guidelines and the policies and actions required in the Caribbean region. For more information, visit the FAO website.
13-14 December, Palayamkottai, India. NATIONAL SEMINAR ON SUSTAINABLE ENERGY DEVELOPMENT - OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES. Organised by the Palayamkottai Department of Botany, this seminar aims to bring together researchers, academics and scientists from the environmental science community. It will explore sustainable development and modern, cleaner, more efficient energy, and their link to the eradication of poverty. For more information, visit the event website.
Other upcoming events
21-25 January, Nairobi, Kenya. CBD REGIONAL WORKSHOP FOR AFRICAN LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES ON THE FIFTH NATIONAL REPORT. Organised by the United Nations Decade on Biodiversity, this workshop will aim to strengthen capacities of African Least Developed Countries (LDCs) for preparing their fifth national reports to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which are due by 31 March 2014, specifically in assessing the status and trends of biodiversity, reviewing implementation of national biodiversity strategies and action plans, and measuring progress towards the 2020 Aichi targets. For more information, visit the event website.
23 January, Yaounde, Cameroon. THIRTEENTH DIALOGUE ON FORESTS, GOVERNANCE AND CLIMATE CHANGE. Organised by the Rights and Resources Initiative, this event will take stock of tenure reform in Central and West Africa since 2009, examining new pressures on forest lands from large scale land acquisitions, extractive industries and infrastructure projects. Participants will be invited to consider the implications of these trends for communities, for the Declarations made at the 2009 International Conference on Forest Governance, Tenure and enterprise in Yaounde, and for international climate mechanisms such as REDD+. For more information, visit the event website.
7-8 February, London, UK. TWENTY FIRST ILLEGAL LOGGING UPDATE AND STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION. Hosted by Chatham House, this conference will aim to provide updates on the latest initiatives, regulations and research from around the world to improve of forest governance and reduce trade in illegal timber. Participants will include representatives of government, the private sector, academia and civil society. For more information, visit the Chatham House website.
11-12 February, London, UK. EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL FORUM ON ILLEGAL, UNREPORTED AND UNREGULATED FISHING. Organised by Chatham House, this year’s forum will provide an update on the European Union’s Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing Regulations, discuss multilateral cooperation to combat IUU fishing, present progress on traceability and give a regional focus on IUU fishing in the Asia Pacific and Africa. The event will bring together over 100 leading policymakers, researchers, industry representatives and civil society groups from across the world to discuss the latest initiatives, regulations and research in the area of fisheries governance and trade in illegal fish products. For more information, visit the event website.
22-24 April, Washington, US. SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT 2013. Organised by the World Ocean Council, this conference will bring together senior management responsible for environment and sustainability in companies and industry associations from a wide range of ocean industries, in addition to senior representatives of international organizations, government agencies, academic/research institutions and non-government organizations. The event will address priorities for cross-sectoral industry leadership and collaboration in ocean sustainability including: ocean policy, regulations and governance; the role of industries in ocean and climate observations; fisheries and aquaculture interaction with other industries; and the role of finance, insurance and legal sectors in ocean sustainability. For more information, visit the event website.
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