The EU vision for plastic-free oceans
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The European Commission has launched its plastics strategy, setting out an agenda to make all packaging recyclable by 2030, reduce single-use plastics and ban microplastics. European Commissioner for Environment Karmenu Vella outlines his plan to …

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Can national governments keep up with the change in the world?
30 Mar 2016 – 10:48
Can national governments keep up with the change in the world?

Anna Leidreiter, Policy Officer, Climate and Energy, World Future Council shares positive stories of how to mitigate climate change and boost socio-economic development
The UN Climate Conference in Paris was a test to see whether national …

A Europe-Africa marriage in Paris?
30 Mar 2016 – 10:38
A Europe-Africa marriage in Paris?

The EU-Africa rapprochement culminated in the creation of a “high-ambition coalition” during COP21. Before the end of negotiations, this coalition had been joined by the US, Canada, Japan and Brazil, among several others. Hanne Knaepen, …

Understanding and adapting to climate change in Europe
30 Mar 2016 – 10:33
Understanding and adapting to climate change in Europe

The Paris climate deal constitutes a promising step towards building a climate-resilient world. However, an effective approach to climate change requires a wider perspective with the integration of climate change into different public policies around …

Bridging climate science and policy making
30 Mar 2016 – 10:29
Bridging climate science and policy making

UNEP’s role in Paris was to help countries make a bridge between climate science and policy, identify and analyse options, and gain confidence to move on their climate commitments.  Mark Radka, Head, UNEP’s Climate and …

The effects of climate change are not always environmental
30 Mar 2016 – 10:26
The effects of climate change are not always environmental

Climate change is the ‘threat multiplier’ that is linked to other global challenges and injustices. Though it may not be the root cause of migration, it affects people in a very disproportionate manner. Magda Stoczkiewicz, …

Europe will continue to lead the global clean energy revolution
30 Mar 2016 – 10:20
Europe will continue to lead the global clean energy revolution

 The European Union has played a key role in brokering the historic agreement in Paris, where 195 countries adopted the first-ever universal, legally binding global climate deal.  In an exclusive interview with Government Gazette, Jos …

Amplifying the voice of water in COP21 climate talks
30 Mar 2016 – 10:19
Amplifying the voice of water in COP21 climate talks

Hydro-climate disasters account for nearly 95% of all people affected by disasters, and have caused over 60% of all damage incurred worldwide by such disasters. Torgny Holmgren, Executive Director, Stocholm International Water Institute (SIWI), says …

Europe needs to promote a climate of zero tolerance
30 Mar 2016 – 10:05
Europe needs to promote a climate of zero tolerance

Labour exploitation is not an isolated phenomena. Despite its pervasivness, it has received little attention from researchers. The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights has recently investigated labour exploitation, from the perspective of experts in the …

Time to take the gender dimension more seriously
30 Mar 2016 – 09:57
Time to take the gender dimension more seriously

Women and girls are inherently more vulnerable to trafficking because they are disproportionally affected by some factors which make them easy prey to traffickers. Liberal Democrat MEP Catherine Bearder sheds light on current perspectives on …

Europe needs a forceful response and a victim-centred approach
30 Mar 2016 – 09:44
Europe needs a forceful response and a victim-centred approach

Human trafficking is a complex crime that is constantly evolving, with traffickers adopting newer methods and routes. Strasbourg Labour MEP Marlene Mizzi discusses the current state of human trafficking in Europe, evaluates the tools used …