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List of Press Releases - 2016-8

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 ...