Oct 12-23: UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP 12)

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12th Session of UN Convention to Combat Desertification (COP) will take place in Turkey in October. Representatives from 195 member states will discuss desertification, land degradation and drought (DLDD) in preparation for UNFCCC in Paris in December.

Aug 9: International Day of World’s Indigenous Peoples

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UN will observe the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on Monday, August 10th, from 3pm to 6pm at the ECOSOC Chamber at its NYC headquarters. This year’s theme is “Post 2015 Agenda: Ensuring Indigenous Peoples’ Health and Well-Being.”

Day 1 – CBD Training Workshop – Community Protocols Under the Nagoya Protocol

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The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), in collaboration with the International Indigenous Forum (IIFB), Forest People Programme (FPP), Natural Justice (NJ), SwedBio, and Sotzil Association, hosted a training workshop on Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols, within the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, from 8 to 10 June in Panajachel, Guatemala. Day 1 of the workshop focused on Community Protocols under the Nagoya Protocol.

Day 1 – CBD Dialogue Workshop – What is Collective Action

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The Secretariat of the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) hosted a dialogue workshop on Assessment of Collective Action of Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities in Biodiversity Conservation and Resource Mobilization, in Panajachel, Guatemala, from 11-13 June 2015. Day 1 of the workshop delegates focused on sharing views on collective action and learning about the financial reporting under the CBD.

Day 2 – CBD Training Workshop – Customary Sustainable Use of Biodiversity

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Day 2 of the Workshop on Community-based Monitoring, Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use and Community Protocols, focused on Article 10(c) of the Convention on Biological Diversity that requires that: “Each Contracting Party shall, as far as possible and as appropriate protect and encourage customary use of biological resources in accordance with traditional cultural practices that are compatible with conservation or sustainable use requirements”. Delegates also learned about Indicators on Traditional Knowledge and Customary Sustainable Use including about community-based monitoring and information systems.