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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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Emissions trading

Increasing support for swift reform of emissions trading

Ministers from 14 EU member states agreed to jointly call for the EU to introduce an ambitious market stability reserve. In their declaration, they emphasised the urgency of swiftly reforming emissions trading at EU level. The most important element of this reform is the introduction of a market stability reserve (MSR) which would help to reduce excess allowances on the market. 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


Press releases

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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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