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Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law. On the occasion of the first session of the UNEA, A Global Symposium on Environmental Rule of Law gathered Chief Justices, Attorneys General, Judges, Chief prosecutors, Auditors General, leading legal scholars, practitioners and experts to discuss the ways and means by which the further development and implementation of environmental rule of law can help ensure just and sustainable development outcomes, including adequate and implementable laws, access to justice and information, public participation, accountability, transparency, liability for environmental damage, fair and just enforcement, and human rights. English
Access to Justice in environmental matters. Perspectives from the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment . By Prof. Dr. L. Lavrysen, Judge in the Belgian Constitutional Court, Brussels,President of the European Union Forum of Judges for the Environment
Paper prepared for the Global Symposium on the Environmental Rule of Law, 24 June 2014
Following up the recommendations made during the UNEP Global Judges Symposium of
2002 in Johannesburg and the Ad Hoc Planning Meeting in January 2003 in Nairobi, the
judges from Western Europe present at that meeting, considered to set up a regional forum
of judges for the environment[...] The objective of the Forum is to promote the enforcement of national, European and international environmental law in a perspective of sustainable development. The aim of the Forum is in particular to exchange experiences in the area of training of the judiciary in
environmental law, contribute to a better knowledge of environmental law, share experiences with environmental case law and contribute to a more effective enforcement of environmental law.
The Aarhus Convention: An Implementation Guide (second edition). The Aarhus Convention Implementation Guide is therefore intended as a convenient non-legally binding and user-friendly reference tool to assist policymakers, legislators and public authorities in their daily work of implementing the Convention and of realizing the provisions of Principle 10 in practice. It is also hoped that it will assist members of the public and environmental non-governmental organizations to exercise their rights under the Convention.
The Implementation Guide provides both a general overview of the principles behind the Convention and a detailed article-by-article analysis of its provisions. In its analysis, the Guide draws on other international law instruments in the area of the environment and human rights, decisions adopted by the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention, findings of the Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee, academic writings and examples from national legislation and practice.
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Protecting your environment: The power is in your hands. Quick guide to the Aarhus Convention English
Access to Justice in environmental matters for sustainable development . Contribution of the Société de Legislation Comparée to the Open Working Group on
Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations)
Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee in numbers. Aarhus Convention secretariat prepared a series of infographics on the work of the Compliance Committee. Learn more about the body and its relevance as well as the details on communications submitted and findings adopted. English
3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy. Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime
3rd UNITAR-Yale Conference on Environmental Governance and Democracy
Yale University, 5-7 September 2014
Announcement and Call for Abstracts
Extended deadline: 20 April 2014
The 2014 Conference on Human Rights, Environmental Sustainability, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime will take place from 5-7 September 2014 at Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut. The Conference is organized by Yale and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the United National Development Programme (UNDP), the World Resources Institute (WRI), and the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment, as well as other interested partners. It will bring together more than 150 scholars and policy experts to discuss state-of-the-art knowledge concerning the following themes at the nexus of human rights and the environment:
1. Constitutional Environmental Rights: A Driver for Environmental Policy Making?
2. Human Rights and Environmental Justice: Cases from Countries and the Field
3. Procedural Environmental Rights: Why and How Do They Matter?
4. Human Rights, Environment, and Corporate Responsibility
5. Effective Participation of Civil Society and Vulnerable Groups
6. Environmental Rights, Post-2015 Development, and the Future Climate Regime
The Conference will feature a combination of policy discussions in plenary and parallel sessions to discuss contributions and topics in more depth. The organizers invite policy experts, scholars, and practitioners to submit abstracts for three types of papers:
· Synopsis Papers highlight key outcomes and conclusions from relevant past events such as workshops, consultations, expert meetings, etc.
· Review and Discussion Papers succinctly review state of the art knowledge concerning a particular theme or question addressed by the Conference.
· Case Study Papers describe, analyze, and draw conclusions from a particular situation/case (e.g. national, local).
The outcomes and conclusions of the Conference are expected to inform: (1) the discussion on sustainable development goals and a post-2015 development agenda by the 69th UN General Assembly in 2014/2015; (2) the negotiation of a future climate change regime by the end of 2015 under the UNFCCC; (3) the 2014 World Conference on Indigenous Peoples; and (4) the 2015 report of the UN Independent Expert on Human Rights and the Environment whose mandate was initiated by the Human Rights Council in 2012.
Details concerning the Conference are included in the Information Note. Individuals interested in participating in, and receiving more information about the Conference are requested to complete an Expression of Interest form.
The extended deadline for submitting abstracts is 20 April 2014. All Abstracts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org with cc to email@example.com, English
Agribalyse: English version. The AGRIBALYSE® programme consisted in elaborating a database of Life Cycle Inventories (LCI) of the main French agricultural products at the farm gate, according to a homogenous methodology. English | French
New consumer app scores protein products for sustainability. A smartphone app has been designed to help shoppers choose more environmentally-friendly protein-rich products, namely meat, vegetarian alternatives, eggs and dairy products. The methods and data used to measure these products’ lifecycle environmental impacts are presented in a recent study. In recent years, various apps have been designed to help consumers shop more sustainably by providing information about products’ environmental credentials. The Questionmark is one such app, developed in the Netherlands by an animal welfare NGO in collaboration with an environmental consultancy. Aimed at the Dutch market, it enables consumers to use their phones to scan the barcodes of over 19 000 protein-rich products commonly found in supermarkets. An overall sustainability score is presented for each product, plus further individual scores for human health, climate change, biodiversity, animal welfare and social impacts. English
Cooperation Open Government Data Austria. “Cooperation Open Government Data Austria”, or short “Cooperation OGD Austria” was founded by the Federal Chancellery, the cities of Vienna, Linz, Salzburg and Graz on the 13th July 2011. Federal Government, States, cities and towns in cooperation with the communities, science, culture and the economy are willing to set the basic agreements for the future of Open Government Data in Austria.
By agreeing on common standards an effective framework for the benefit of all stakeholders should be created. The collaboration between Germany – Austria – Switzerland- and Liechtenstein (DACHLi) will be intensified. The Cooperation represents the interests of ministries, states, cities and communities – to unite all actors who operate, plan or create an open government data platform.
The Federal Chancellery is the link to Competence Center Internet Society (KIG) and the Platform Digital Austria. English
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