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List of Press Releases - 2016-16

France joins the Aarhus Convention’s amendment on genetically modified organisms (27 July 2016)

On 11 July 2016, France approved the amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO amendment) to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), raising the total number of the Parties to ...
Ministers from the pan-European region pledge renewed action for cleaner air (09 June 2016)

Ministers and high-level representatives from 28 countries and organizations participating in the Eighth Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference in Batumi, Georgia, committed today to accelerate ambitious action to combat air pollution over the next five years. Countries committed to ...
Pan-European region makes high-level commitments towards greening economies (09 June 2016)

Food waste, ecosystem services and green public procurement among pledged topics forming new Batumi Initiative on Green Economy Countries and stakeholders from the pan-European region have today agreed on a roadmap to speed up the transition to a Green Economy between now and 2030 and made an ...
Education for sustainable development increasingly included in policies and frameworks across the UNECE region (08 June 2016)

Education for sustainable development (ESD) is increasingly included in the education policies and frameworks of UNECE member States, and hundreds of initiatives have been launched in recent years to integrate ESD into formal, non-formal and informal education, moving from policy to practice. ...
Poor air quality and climate change are the two greatest threats to human health in the pan-European region – says new UN report (08 June 2016)

Poor air quality, climate change, unhealthy lifestyles and the disconnection between people and the environment are increasingly affecting human health in the region, finds the latest Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) assessment for the pan-European region, prepared by UNEP and UNECE with support ...
New Environmental Performance Review of Belarus finds progress on air, water and biodiversity and calls for rehabilitation of industrial waste sites and improved conditions for public participation (02 June 2016)

Increased municipal and industrial waste, the continued use of asbestos, the need for effective radiation monitoring at the Ostrovets nuclear power plant and improved conditions for public participation are some of the most pressing environmental sustainability issues in Belarus. These are the main ...
Coordinated action under UNECE Air Convention during the last 30 years has significantly improved air quality in North America and Europe - but more efforts are needed (31 May 2016)

Air quality has improved significantly in North America and Europe over the past three decades, largely thanks to the UNECE Air Convention and EU air pollution policies. Average life expectancy in Europe has increased by one year and hundreds of thousands of premature deaths every year have been ...
Malta: 35th Party to the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (27 May 2016)

On 20 May 2016, Malta acceded to the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, becoming the thirty-fifth Party to join this Protocol to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus ...
Ukraine joins UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (03 May 2016)

Yesterday, on 2 May 2016, Ukraine ratified the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, becoming the thirty-fourth Party to join this Protocol to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters ...
Land-use planning: Integrating industrial safety considerations into environmental assessments (13 April 2016)

In August 2015, massive explosions at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, left some 139 people dead, more than 700 injured and 6,000 displaced, and damaged 17,000 homes in close proximity to the industrial site. Back in 2001, a chemical explosion at a warehouse in Toulouse, France, led to the ...
National Policy Dialogue process in Tajikistan celebrates adoption of Water Sector Reform Programme (13 April 2016)

On 12 April 2016 in Dushanbe, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on integrated water resources management marked the fifth anniversary of the dialogue process in the country and celebrated the Government approval of the Water Sector Reform Programme for 2016–2025. The ...
UNECE signs United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2017-2021 with Montenegro (29 March 2016)

UNECE will strengthen its support to Montenegro’s development efforts for the period 2017-2021. This will be achieved through the implementation of a United Nations Development Assistance Framework, which was signed on 25 March 2016. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and ...
Special Rapporteur cites UNECE Aarhus Convention as a “leading example” in implementing human rights obligations relating to the environment (04 March 2016)

A human rights perspective on environmental protection not only promotes human dignity, equality and freedom, but also improves the effectiveness of policymaking generally. Ensuring that those most affected by development and environmental policies are able to obtain information, freely express ...
Georgia ratifies GMO amendment to the Aarhus Convention (08 February 2016)

With Georgia’s ratification of the amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO amendment) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) the total number of the amendment's Parties raises ...
Parliament of Ukraine paves the way for ratification of the Kyiv Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (04 February 2016)

Yesterday, the Parliament of Ukraine approved with no objections the law on the ratification of the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), also known as the Kyiv Protocol. Ukraine will become the 34th Party to the Protocol when the law enters into force on the ninetieth ...
Belarus adopts Action Plan to implement Environmental Performance Review recommendations (28 January 2016)

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus has approved an Action Plan rolling out some 80 measures to address the recommendations contained in the Third UNECE Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Belarus. The adoption of the Action Plan reaffirms the country’s strong commitment to the EPR ...