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SOER 2015 Highlights Challenges in Achieving European Environment Goals[viewed]

“The level of ambition of existing environmental policy may be inadequate to achieve Europe's long-term environmental goals,” according to ‘The European environment - state and outlook 2015 - synthesis report' (SOER 2015). The report finds that the region faces substantial challenges in protecting its natural capital, stimulating resource-efficient, low carbon economic and social development, and safeguarding its population from environmental health risks. The European Environment Agency (EEA) produces the SOER every five years.

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UNEP Seeks Comments on Access-to-Information Policy[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) is requesting comments on its Access-to-Information-Policy, which contains the principles and procedures governing access to information at UNEP. The policy was issued on 6 June 2014 and is currently in a pilot phase. According to UNEP, it seeks to make accessible the information concerning UNEP's work and the information it generates, in a manner consistent with the relevant policies and practices of the UN Secretariat.

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Event: World Water Day 2015[viewed]

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated 22 March as the first World Water Day.

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UNEP Partnership Urges Lower Nitrogen, Phosphorus Inputs[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Global Partnership on Nutrient Management (GPNM) is working to reduce the amount of nutrients in the environment without limiting global development. The Partnership provides a platform for governments, scientists, UN agencies, the private sector and other stakeholders to develop a common agenda on nutrient management, conduct integrated environmental assessments and mainstream best practices in the efficient use of nitrogen and phosphorous.

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Governments Advance Revision of Mediterranean Sustainable Development Strategy[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the France-based NGO Plan Bleu supported a regional conference in Malta, in which stakeholders and Parties to the Barcelona Convention reviewed a revised sustainable development strategy for the Mediterranean region. articipants considered six thematic areas of the revised Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD): seas and coasts; natural resources; rural development and food; climate; sustainable cities; transition towards a green economy; and governance.

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Member States Seek to "Break with the Past" in Post-2015 Declaration[viewed]

The second session of the intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda focused on the declaration component of the outcome that will be adopted at the Summit of Heads of State and Government on the post-2015 development agenda in September 2015. A summary of the discussion will be produced by the Secretariat, for reference, while the “discussion document” circulated and discussed during the meeting remains “a document without status” but will assist in creating the zero draft of the Summit outcome, according to the Co-Facilitators.

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UNU Releases E-Waste Classification Guide[viewed]

The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) has produced guidelines on an e-waste measurement framework and classification system titled 'E-waste Statistics: Guidelines for classification, reporting and indicators.' The guidelines propose a sound measurement framework integrating and validating available harmonized statistical data and other non-statistical data sources into e-waste statistics.

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UN Special Rapporteur Calls for Input on Access to Information on Hazardous Wastes[viewed]

Baskut Tuncak, the UN Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, is calling for input for his annual report to the Human Rights Council. The theme of his 2015 report is the right of access to information with respect to hazardous substances.

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GEF/UNDP Small Grants Programme Empowers Community Groups to Protect Ecosystems[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) / UN Development Programme (UNDP) Small Grants Programme (SGP) has provided direct funding to numerous community groups and organizations worldwide to develop skills, build capacity and undertake projects with the potential to produce global environmental benefits.

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Event: 35th Meeting of the OEWG of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol[viewed]

This meeting will prepare for the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol, scheduled to convene from 1-5 November 2015.

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