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  • International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict

    Venue:GlobalFriday, November 6, 2015 To Friday, November 6, 2015 00:00 - 23:59

    On 5 November 2001, the UN General Assembly declared 6 November of each year as the International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict (A/RES/56/4).
    Though mankind has always counted its war casualties in terms of dead and wounded soldiers and civilians, destroyed cities and livelihoods, the environment has often remained the unpublicized victim of war.Water wells have been polluted, crops torched, forests cut down, soils poisoned, and animals killed to gain military advantage.
    Furthermore, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has found that over the last 60 years, at least 40 percent of all internal conflicts have been linked to the exploitation of natural resources, whether high-value resources such as timber, diamonds, gold and oil, or scarce resources such as fertile land and water. Conflicts involving natural resources have also been found to be twice as likely to relapse.
    The United Nations attaches great importance to ensuring that action on the environment is part of conflict prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding strategies - because there can be no durable peace if the natural resources that sustain livelihoods and ecosystems are destroyed.

  • Workshop on post disaster and post conflict sustainable resource management

    Venue:Birmingham, UKWednesday, October 28, 2015 To Wednesday, October 28, 2015 14:00 - 18:00

    The workshop is a side event to the G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency conference being organised by the UK (DEFRA) and Germany in Birmingham.

    Directly linked to the main event and in tune with the proposed topic, a satellite event will take place on the afternoon of October 28th 2015, and will focus on post disaster and post conflict situations and where resource and waste management in these circumstances can contribute to the steps necessary to achieve a long term sustainable economy.
    This event will provide an opportunity to discuss current good practices and will explore whether resource management and waste recovery can be managed more sustainably, and resilient economies built in the recovery stages of a disaster, by the adoption/adaptation of an industrial symbiosis toolkit such as that developed and successfully deployed by International Synergies Ltd. across five continents.
    The event will bring stakeholders together who are working directly on the ground both as enablers and funders in the immediate/emergency response phase, and in the longer term recovery phase of a post disaster/post conflict environment.
    The aim of the workshop will be to identify unmet needs and unexplored opportunities in the field to complement and improve existing good practice. It will potentially identify longer term cost savings (in development aid) and sustainable, durable solutions to support the local economy, inter alia, through infrastructure development utilising industrial symbiosis networks, and an improved healthcare and physical environment. Other outcomes may be to explore where humanitarian aid resources (such as shelters, food parcels, emergency packages, and medication) could be efficiently reused and, where necessary, managed in a safe and appropriate manner.
    More details can be found at:

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  • International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response

    Venue:IAEA Headquarters Vienna, Austria Monday, October 19, 2015 To Friday, October 23, 2015

    The International Conference on Global Emergency Preparedness and Response organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will take place on 19-23 October 2015 in Vienna, Austria. 
    The conference will provide a forum for networking and exchange of information and experiences, and will promote effective preparedness as a key to efficient response. 
    For those wishing to present at the conference, the online system for submitting synopses is now open and will close on 17 April 2015. 

  • International Day for Disaster Risk Reduction

    Venue:GlobalTuesday, October 13, 2015 To Tuesday, October 13, 2015 00:00 - 23:59


    The International Day for Disaster Reduction is a day to celebrate how people and communities are reducing their exposure to disasters and raising awareness about the importance of DRR.
    The theme for 2015 will focus on the use of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge.

  • Online Course: Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN Globally Harmonized System (GHS)

    Venue:On-lineMonday, October 12, 2015 To Sunday, December 20, 2015 00:00 - 00:00

    Do you see hazards’ classification and labeling as key to your chemical safety scheme? Do you wish to acquire relevant technical know-how in this regard? Then please join UNITAR's GHS e-Learning course.

    Recognized as a key to chemical safety management and to facilitating trade, the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) has become the reference for chemical hazards’ classification and communication worldwide, with almost 70 countries currently implementing it and many more planning to do so.

    The United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) is pleased to announce that registrations are now open for its Fall session of the e-learning course “Classifying and Labelling Chemicals According to the UN GHS”. Aiming at developing the technical capacities to effectively implement the GHS, this in-depth interactive course is the result of a partnership between UNITAR and the International Labour Organization (ILO), and has been peer-reviewed by authoritative experts. 

    Learning Objectives and Content

    The course is given in English and consists of four modules covering the different classes of chemical hazards. It will be moderated by internationally recognized experts with extensive experience on the topic, who will interact with the students and provide personal feedback and advices. The course is practice-oriented, with various exercises and tests for participants to be prepared to implement the GHS in their own work contexts. After completing the course, participants will be able to:

    • Describe the international policy framework for the GHS and international chemicals management;
    • Apply GHS criteria in classifying physical, health, and environmental hazards;
    • Select appropriate hazard communication elements;
    • Develop GHS-based labels and classification and labelling for safety data sheets;
    • Develop effective hazard communication strategies adapted to specific contexts.

    The course pedagogy is flexible and adapted to professionals in full-time work. It covers a period of 10 weeks and represents a total of approximately 60 to 70 learning hours.
    A UNITAR certificate will be delivered upon successful completion of the course.


    Register now for the course at the UNITAR’s Online Events Section. Registration will be open until Friday, 9 October 2015.


    For further information about the course, please contact ghs@unitar.org

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