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12 Dec 2014
Citizen engagement with national policy: energy project shares its experiences
Ensuring successful public engagement in policy can be difficult.
Four key challenges – communicating complexity, providing balanced information, creating space for deliberation and accessing broader values – are highlighted by a new study. Its authors show how they dealt with these challenges in a UK programme, designed to gather public views on the future of national energy policy.
9 Dec 2014
Belgique: Greenpeace assigne l'Etat belge en justice pour non-respect de ses obligations
L’organisation non gouvernementale Greenpeace assigne l’Etat belge en justice, a-t-elle annoncé mardi. Elle estime que l’Etat n’a pas respecté ses obligations découlant des conventions d’Espoo et d’Aarhus.
8 Dec 2014
Occupation of the Hainburg wetlands: 30 years after that too many "environmental construction"
(Original article in German.) On this day exactly thirty years ago, on December 8, 1984, was the occupation of conservationists place in the Hainburg wetlands. Activists took the anniversary as an opportunity to request a package of measures for "environmental construction" with the "Hainburger Declaration" in 2020.
5 Dec 2014
Call for civil society responses to the UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
On 4 December, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon informally presented an advance, unedited version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda to UN Member States. "The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet" outlines a vision for Member States to consider carrying forward in negotiations leading up to the UN Special Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015 that will adopt the post-2015 development agenda.
The advanced unedited version of the report is available here:
Read the Secretary-General's statement about the report here:
Watch a video of the Secretary-General's briefing about the report here:
Civil society: Please share your responses to the report
The UN Non-Governmental Liaison Service (UN-NGLS) and UN DESA Division for Sustainable Development (DESA-DSD) invite Major Groups and other civil society stakeholders to submit their official responses to the report to a central online repository via this online form:
Links to all submissions will be published live as they are received here:
UN-NGLS and DESA-DSD provide this mechanism to support review of these important perspectives by all stakeholders in preparation for the continued elaboration of the post-2015 development agenda, beginning with the 19-21 January negotiating session at UN Headquarters in New York. A preparatory forum for stakeholders will be conducted on 16 January by DESA-DSD and UN-NGLS at UN Headquarters. More information about this forum will be provided soon.
5 Dec 2014
Scotland: Lord Advocate lends backing to environmental court
Scotland’s top prosecutor has thrown his weight behind the creation of a specialist environmental court. The Lord Advocate Frank Mulholland QC said the measure would send a “huge and powerful message” to the public of the seriousness with which this area of criminal law is taken.
4 Dec 2014
UK: Aarhus: domestic troubles
David Hart QC looks at why domestic Aarhus rules are not wide enough to comply with the Convention.
Back to Aarhus and the constant problem we have in the UK making sure that the cost of planning and environmental litigation is not prohibitively expensive.
1 Dec 2014
Kyrgyzstan: Bishkek to host a round table "Development of mechanisms for implementation of the Aarhus Convention"
(Original article in Russian.) At the initiative of deputy Dastan Bekeshev, with the support of OSCE Centre in Bishkek on December 5 will be held a round table on the topic "Development of mechanisms for the implementation of the Aarhus Convention." This was reported in the press service of the Parliament.
19 Nov 2014
Air pollution in Israel dropped significantly from 2012-2013, ministry’s report says
The country’s air pollution levels underwent a dramatic drop between 2012 and 2013, the Environmental Protection Ministry reported on Tuesday.
An examination of emissions data in the 2013 Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (PRTR) indicated a sharp decrease in pollution levels, with reductions of up to 40 percent of certain contaminants, the ministry said.
19 Nov 2014
Access to environmental information: Our right to know
The first in a series of lectures was held recently at the Harry C. Moore Library at The College of the Bahamas, where there was a lively discussion on the whole concept of freedom of information. To date, ineffective freedom of information legislation, limited access to environmental decisions and even less public participation in the decision-making process, has made the task of getting information regarding governmental decisions quite difficult.
17 Nov 2014
EBRD’s Environmental Policy Under Scrutiny in Kyrgyzstan
A backlash surrounding a gold mine is placing the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development under scrutiny.