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Paving the way for global Sustainablity Goals

The German Cabinet decided on 3 December 2014 on its position for the United Nations negotiations starting in January 2015 on the Sustainable Development Goals - referred to as the post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. The agenda is due to be adopted at the UN summit in September 2015 by heads of state and government. more

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More funds for the protection of the ozone layer

The international community continues to support developing countries in their efforts to protect the ozone layer. At the Joint Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol held in Paris, participants decided on 21 November to make a further 507.5 million US dollars available over the next three years.  more

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Soil Conservation

2015: year of soils

Soils are indispensable for the protection of our climate, biological diversity and security of food supply. Following a decision by the UN General Assembly, the International Year of soils was launched on 4 December 2014. Representatives from politics, science and civil society discuss possible ways of soil conservation. A wealth of activities in 2015 will raise awareness of the essential importance of soils.  more


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Waste Management

The theme of this year's European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) is "Stop Food Waste!". To kick off the EWWR, Parliamentary State Secretary Florian Pronold called for the more responsible use of natural resources. more

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Urban Development

Hendricks calls for sustainable and socially balanced global urbanisation and welcomes the UN-Habitat approach of putting the topic at the top of the agenda by designating the 31 October every year as World Cities Day. more

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Nature / Species Protection

The significance of biodiversity for sustainable development and poverty alleviation worldwide was a central topic at the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity that ended on 17 October in Pyeongchang. more

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