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International Environmental Policy

Climate Change Conference 2014 in Lima

This year's United Nations World Conference on Climate Change will take place in the Peruvian capital in December. The twelve-day event unites the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (MOP). more

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International Environmental Policy

UN Sustainable Development Goals

The Federal Environment Ministry is canvasing for international support for an effective review mechanism for the UN post-2015 agenda for sustainable development. Schwarzelühr-Sutter and the State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, Friedrich Kitschelt, will attend talks and events in New York to seek support for an ambitious result. 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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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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