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Mapping Pacific maritime boundariessydney.edu.au | 05 Dec 2013
This year Kiribati, one of the least developed countries in the world, finalised maritime boundaries with the United States of America. The successful outcome, in September, was the result of the work that the Pacific Island country, along with 12 others, undertook at the Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working sessions at the University of Sydney.
Second Committee Discusses SIDS' ResilienceInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 04 Nov 2013
In its discussion on 'Strengthening the resilience of small island developing States (SIDS) within the context of sustainable development,' the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Second Committee (Economic and Financial) discussed SIDS' unique and particular vulnerabilities, while also noting their diverse challenges.
The GEF at the Third International Congress on Marine Protected Areasthegef.org | 31 Oct 2013
Every four years, the International Marine Protected Areas Congress (IMPAC) convenes the major marine and coastal stakeholders from around the globe, beyond national or sectoral boundaries, to assist in the conservation and sustainable development of the oceans.
World nearing 3% of ocean protectionIUCN | 30 Oct 2013
Marseille, France, 24 October 2013 – Marine protected areas now cover 2.8% of the global ocean – an area larger than Europe – according to the official map released today based on data provided by the World Database on Protected Areas, run by IUCN and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).
Regional protected areas network established in the CaribbeanIUCN | 29 Oct 2013
Eighteen protected areas in the Greater Caribbean have been now been listed under the United Nations Environment Programmes (UNEP) SPAW (Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife) Protocol, an instrument of UNEPs Caribbean Environment Programme.
Land Tenure Journal Focuses on Fisheries TenureInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 15 Oct 2013
The Land Tenure Journal, an open-access journal of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a thematic issue focusing on fisheries tenure, with articles on fisheries in Grenada, Norway, South Africa, Tanzania and Southeast Asia.
Getting to yes? Discussions towards an Implementing Agreement to UNCLOS on biodiversity in ABNJiddri.org | 14 Oct 2013
This article is a policy brief on the history and challenges of the current discussions taking place at the United Nations General Assembly, "A long and winding road. International discussions on the governance of marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction". Un article sur les discussions internationales en cours sur la gouvernance de la biodiversité marine dans les zones situées au-delà des juridictions nationales.
Sam Judd: Global partnerships for oceansNew Zealand Herald | 11 Oct 2013
In the first of a series of articles, Sam Judd - our Young New Zealander of the Year and co founder of Sustainable Coastlines - reflects on the challenges and opportunities that the United Nations Environment Program faces with regard to oceans.
Leaders Propose Oceans Goal, Highlight Biodiversity at UNGA 68 High-level DebateInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 09 Oct 2013
Leaders speaking at the 68th UN General Assembly (UNGA) High-level Debate highlighted, in their remarks regarding biodiversity, a call for a stand-alone oceans goal in the post-2015 agenda, the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), sustainable fisheries management, as well as the importance of sustainable mountain development to conservation.
State of the oceansWorld Fishing | 01 Oct 2013
The latest UN Climate Change assessment shows the depth that the ocean is suffering with the effects of increased levels of carbon dioxide from climate change.
Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS 2014 Concludes in New YorkInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 17 Sep 2013
The meeting's proceedings in Bridgetown, Barbados, from 26-28 August 2013, were suspended without agreement on the outcome document, and negotiations subsequently continued in New York in September to finalize the document, titled 'Small Islands Developing States (SIDS) integrated and enabling cooperation framework for the Barbados Programme of Action and Mauritius Strategy for the Further Implementation.'
UN Secretary-General's Report Reviews Support for SIDS' Sustainable DevelopmentInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 16 Sep 2013
The UN Secretary-General has issued a report on UN and national efforts to implement sustainable development in small island developing States (SIDS). The report concludes that while SIDS have had an uneven path towards implementation of sustainable development, some activities have been successful.
Watch Brands Look to the OceanNew York Times | 04 Sep 2013
A few watch brands have aligned themselves with nonprofit causes dedicated to the sea. Their most visible contributions, however, are ocean-theme timepieces.
Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting for SIDS Conference SuspendedInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 03 Sep 2013
The Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) discussed pressing issues and emerging challenges facing SIDS in preparation for the 2014 conference. Negotiations on an outcome document could not be concluded, and the IPM will resume in New York ahead of the 68th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA).
BBNJ Working Group Makes Progress Towards Rio+20 CommitmentInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 27 Aug 2013
The sixth meeting of the Ad Hoc Open-ended Informal Working Group (the Working Group) to study issues relating to the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity beyond areas of national jurisdiction (BBNJ) aimed to identify gaps and ways forward with a view to ensuring an...
Youth as UN Partners in Sustainable Small Island DevelopmentUNESCO | 16 Aug 2013
On July 2013, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNFPA joined forces to ensure that young people from the 52 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) contribute their vision for the future of small islands to the 2014 Global SIDS Conference.
UNDP Identifies Social Inclusion, Climate and Governance as Asia-Pacific's Biggest ChallengesInternational Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) | 13 Aug 2013
The UN Development Programme (UNDP) released a five-year report outlining results of its work from 2008-2012 in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the need to continue addressing social inclusion, climate impacts and governance issues, titled "Leveraging Change for Better Lives: UNDP in Asia and the Pacific."
Questions & answers: UN marine biodiversity discussionsFIELD - Foundation for International Environmental Law & Development | 12 Aug 2013
UN discussions about marine biodiversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction could lead to a new international agreement. There is growing concern about the threats to marine biodiversity and legal questions about the rules related to deep seabed marine genetic resources. FIELD has prepared questions and answers about the discussions and legal issues to provide an overview.
UNESCO and UNICEF help young islanders to build the future they wantUNESCO | 02 Jul 2013
UNESCO in partnership with UNICEF have decided to join voices together to ensure that young people of the 40 Small Island Developing States (SIDS) of the Caribbean, Indian Ocean and Pacific contribute their vision for the future of small islands to the 2014 Global SIDS Conference which will be held in Apia (Samoa) in September 2014.