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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
Publisher: UNECE

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 envdem.yale@gmail.com with cc to envdem@unitar.org, English
Publisher: UNITAR, 2014.

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
Publisher: French Environment and Energy Management Agency, 2014.

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
Publisher: European Comission, 2014.

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
Publisher: Federal Chancellery Austria - Bundeskanzleramt, 2014.

Economic and Social Council Resolution on Science and technology for development . Resolution adopted by the Economic and Social Council on the recommendation of the Commission on Science and Technology for Development (E/2012/31 and Corr.1) 2012/6. Economic and Social Council Resolution on Science and technology for development English
Publisher: UNITED NATIONS, 2012.

Open access, virtual science libraries, geospatial analysis and other complementary information and communications technology and science, technology, engineering and mathematics assets to address development issues, with particular attention to education. This report provides an overview of how open access, virtual science libraries, and geographic information systems (GIS) could be harnessed to address development challenges, especially in the area of education. It contains recommendations for consideration by national governments and the international community, with a view to encouraging and expanding further development and adoption of these ICT assets. English
Publisher: United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development, 2012.

Geospatial Science and Technology for Development. This study explores the ways in which geospatial science and technology (GS&T) can support development. English
Publisher: UNITED NATIONS, 2012.

Agribalyse: base de données pour les produits agricoles. Entre 2000 et 2010, les méthodes d’évaluation environnementale appliquées aux produits agricoles, dont l’Analyse de Cycle de Vie (ACV), se sont développées. Dans cette même période, plusieurs études ont mis en évidence le manque de comparabilité des données produites et l’absence de références sur certaines productions agricoles françaises. D’autre part, en 2007, dans le cadre du Grenelle environnement, pour soutenir l’affichage environnemental, c'est la méthode ACV qui a été retenue : l’affichage devant inclure l’empreinte gaz à effet de serre (GES) ainsi que d’autres critères pertinents adaptés à chaque produit. Ces différents éléments ont conduit l’ADEME à lancer le programme AGRIBALYSE® (2009-2013), afin de mettre en place une base de données homogène et transparente pour les produits agricoles. Ce travail s’insère dans la stratégie de l’ADEME de soutien à l’évaluation environnementale des filières et des produits. English | French
Publisher: Agence de l'Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l'Energie, 2014.

Display of the environmental footprint of products : French developments in the food sector. Sustainable household consumption can be an important engine for a greener economic growth. In France, the “Grenelle” environmental laws include the right for consumers to have information on the environmental performance of (mass market) products at the point of sale. Food products are concerned. It is expected that providing consumers with this environmental information could lead the whole chain, agricultural producers to retailers, to market more sustainable goods. In this paper, we will first present some other European and international, public and private initiatives, then the methodological challenges and finally the latest developments of the French system, which is unique in the world because of three main characteristics: i) it relies on a legislative pillar, ii) it aims at providing a life-cycle based and multicriteria environmental information (including but going beyond the product carbon footprint, with, for example, a water footprint representing water pollution and consumption) and iii) because it could be generalized in France in the future. We conclude on the double need to harmonize the different European initiatives and to think about the coexistence of different consumer information systems in France. English
Publisher: Ministère de l'Ecologie, du Développement durable et de l'Energie, 2012.

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