18 novembro, 2008

UNU-IAS

Putz!....justo agora que eu tinha combinado de tomar uma rodada de cerveja com alguns amigos, pois que não poderei deixá-los na mão, mas se alguém estiver passeando por Tokyo no dia 28 de novembro, já tem o que fazer!.


On Friday the 28th of November, UNU-IAS is co-organising two events followed by a reception at the Elizabeth Rose Hall of the United Nations University in Aoyama, Tokyo. The first is a Workshop on Sectoral Linkages and Lessons Learnt on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS): Moving the ABS Agenda Forwardwhich will begin at 9:30 and will end by 17:30. It will beimmediately followed by a Launch of the UNU-IAS Report: MDG on Reducing Biodiversity Loss and theCBD’s 2010 Target at 17:30 to 18:30. Both events will wrap-up with a reception from 18:30 to 19:30.

 

We hope to be able to welcome you to UNU Headquarters in Tokyo on 28 November to what promises to be two very engaging events. We would appreciate receiving confirmation of your attendance by Thursday, 27 November 2008; kindly send an email toreception@ias.unu.edu or visit www.ias.unu.edu/eventsto register online. Please see below or the attached announcements for further information. For directions to UNU, visit http://www.unu.edu/access/.

 

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Workshop on Sectoral Linkages and Lessons Learnt on Access and Benefit Sharing (ABS): Moving the ABS Agenda Forward

Co-organized by Japan Bioindustry Association and United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies

 

Date:  Friday, 28 November 2008

Time:  9:30 to 17:30, followed by a reception

Venue: Elizabeth Rose Hall, United Nations University, Aoyama, Tokyo

 

Agenda:

The year 2010 marks a significant milestone in the history of biodiversity conservation on the occasion of the 10th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which will be held in NagoyaJapan next October. 2010 will also be the ‘International Year on Biological Diversity’ as designated by the UN General Assembly. At the same time, two major agenda items facing global policy

makers in the year 2010 are the finalisation of negotiations on an international regime on Access to genetic resources and Benefit Sharing (ABS) and preparation of a plan for strategic implementation of theCBD beyond 2010.

International negotiations on ABS are now at a critical stage with less than 22 months to finalise the scope, elements and implementation provisions of the Regime. For the past nine years, the Japan Bioindustry Association and United Nations University-Institute of Advanced Studies have been jointly organising international workshops, highlighting various ABS issues. In line with this, the event will address the links betweenABS and sectoral issues by gathering experiences from other related processes such as the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA). It will explore how ex-situ collections are dealing with ABS issues and will discuss the way forward on the negotiation process. The outcomes are intended to facilitate future discussions and

negotiations on ABS and its mechanisms for an effectiveCOP- 10 meeting in Japan in 2010.

 

Guest Speakers:

Balakrishna Pisupati, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Marie Schloen, International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA)

David Smith, World Federation for Culture Collections (WFCC)

Antony Taubmann, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (TBC)

 

Registration:

Registration is free and open to the public. To register, please use the online registration tool athttp://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=8&ddlID=734 or for further information please contact: UNU-IAS Reception, Tel: +81 45-221-2300, Email: reception@ias.unu.edu

 

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Launch of the UNU-IAS Report: MDG on Reducing Biodiversity Loss and theCBD’s 2010 Target

 

Venue: Elizabeth Rose Hall, United Nations University, Aoyama, Tokyo  

Date:  Friday, 28 November 2008 

Time:  17:30 – 18:30, followed by a reception

 

Background:

This year, 2008, is very important to all of us who are working on conservation and development! We are at the mid-point of assessing our progress on achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as well as preparing for the 2010 ‘Year of Biological Diversity’ emphasising the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) targets for reducing the rate of loss of biological diversity for poverty alleviation

(popularly called the 2010 Targets).

UNU-IAS is pleased to be launching this report titled “MDG on Reducing Biodiversity Loss and the CBD’s 2010 Target” at the UNU Headquarters in TokyoJapan on 28 November 2008. This will follow the successful launch inNew York in September 2008 on the sidelines of the High-Level Event on MDGs during the UN General Assembly Session.

The Report highlights the links between the CBD 2010 targets and the MDG target on reducing biodiversity loss; it also identifies the challenges being faced by countries in responding to these targets from different perspectives and provides some policy options for consideration byMDG practitioners. With the limited focus on MDG 7, in particular Target 7 B, as detailed in the MDG National Reports 2008, the launch of this Report and the panel discussion are not only a timely but a much needed addition.

 

Programme (TBC):

17:30 - 17:35  Welcome remarks by UNU-IAS Director, Professor Zakri

17:35 - 17:55  Presentation of the Report “MDG on Reducing Biodiversity Loss and the CBD’s 2010 Target”, Balakrishna Pisupati, Division for Environmental Law and Conventions, UNEP

17:55 - 18:15  Panelists Remarks: Professor Akio Morishima, Japan Climate Policy Center, UNDP Representative (TBC)

18:15 - 18:30  Q&A and Discussion followed by Vote of Thanks

18:30 - 19:30  Reception

 

To register for the event, please use the online registration too by visiting http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=8&ddlID=733 or contact UNU-IAS Reception, Tel: +81 45-221-2300, Email:reception@ias.unu.edu.

 

Please see the attached announcement for further information. Visit http://www.ias.unu.edu/sub_page.aspx?catID=111&ddlID=710 to download a copy of the report.

 

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