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Transforming Risks into Cooperation - The Environment and Security Initiative 2003-2013
  In 2013, the Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) celebrates its
10th anniversary, and the present publication describes the history,
methodology and key results achieved so far through the skills, experience
and networks of the ENVSEC partners.
Tunza Europe Youth Conference 2013
  The United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Europe
(UNEP-ROE) will organize the Tunza Europe Youth Conference ...

Europe and Central Asia Regional Consultations in Istanbul help shape the Post 2015
Development Agenda

8 November 2013, Istanbul -- Post 2015 Europe and Central Asia
regional consultations concluded today in Istanbul with a call to end
the increasing inequalities in the region.
UNEP Regional Major Groups and Stakeholders Consultation for Europe (RCM),
4-5 November 2013, Istanbul, Turkey

  The 2013 Regional consultation will explore the opportunities and options
available to European Major Groups and Stakeholders (MGS) to contribute
to a number of environmental sustainability themes ...
 Valuing Nature to Better Conserve it: Georgia Takes the Leas in Assessing its Natural Capital

TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia: Main Findings and Way-forward, 2013

Photos of the Launch of the TEEB Scoping Study for Georgia
Sixth Biodiversity in Europe Conference, 15-18 April 2013, Batumi, Georgia
The 6th Biodiversity in Europe conference brought together representatives
and stakeholders from the 55 countries in pan-Europe to discuss the
implementation of the global Strategic Plan for ...
The Rio+20 Youth Agenda - Azerbaijan's Green Week takes youth momentum forward
  Baku, 12 November 2012: This year, world leaders gathered in Brazil for the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development, renewing commitments made to sustainable growth and equitable development two decades ago, assessing progress and discussing new and emerging issues.

Talking Green in Azerbaijan - UNEP and IDEA to hold Green Week in Baku, Azerbaijan
  6 November 2012 - For the first time an international Green Week will be held in Azerbaijan from 12 to 16 November. The Green Week dialogues aim to provide a platform where leaders from around the globe can voice concerns about the future of our planet and find innovative solutions for our economy and our environment. Some of the objectives and themes which will be discusses are youth response to Rio+20, the role of major stakeholders in post Rio+20, Green Economy, environmental diplomacy and international affairs.


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Assessment in the Amu Darya River Basin

Against the background of the work of ENVSEC initiative in Central Asia and its extensive relations with the Governments of the region, it is proposed to undertake a detailed assessment of environment-related security risks in the Eastern Caspian and Amu-Darya river basins with a particular focus on the environment and security implications of projected developments as well as on identifying opportunities to strengthen the cooperation around common issues.

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UNEP European youth meeting

60 youth representatives from 27 countries of the EU, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Southern Europe participated in the “UNEP Tunza European Youth Conference” which took place on the 6th and 7th September 2011 in Bonn. The conference presented an excellent opportunity for the participants to discuss and share experiences on how young people are involved in a range of environment sustainability issues in the European region, and opened a new opportunity for differentyouth networks to partner with each other and strengthen

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Caspian States strengthen cooperation against oil pollution

The third Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP3) to the Tehran Convention will take place in Aktau, Kazakhstan on 10 – 12 August 2011. Ministers of Environment and high-level governmental officials of the five Caspian States will attend the meeting which is expected to result in the adoption and signing of two Protocols to the Tehran Convention: The Protocol on Regional Preparedness, Response and Co-operation in Combating Oil Pollution Incidents and the Protocol on Environmental Impact Assessment in a transboundary Context. 

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Trade in snake skins under review
The 25th meeting of the Animals Committee of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) closed on 22 July in Geneva with key scientific findings for the conservation and sustainable use of several reptiles, marine species and amphibians. A record number of over 200 delegates, from fifty countries, attending the meeting expressed concern about the sustainability of current levels of trade in skins of three species of snakes used in luxury products and another 20 animal species used in biomedical research, the food industry or as pets. 

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Environment and security assessment in the Amu Darya River Basin
Boosting cooperation between countries sharing the waters of the Amu Darya, Central Asia’s longest river, could be key to future peace and security in the region says a new report launched by UNEP in Geneva on 11 July. Big hydropower projects planned upstream, demand for irrigated agriculture downstream and growing concern that climate change is shifting weather patterns are emerging as major natural resource challenges for the four main nations involved—Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The new report, prepared by UNEP on behalf of partners in the Environment and Security Initiative(ENVSEC), points out that water resources in the region are already impacted by decades of often unsustainable development dating back to the era of the Soviet Union.

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