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More than meets the eye
November 7, 2012

More than meets the eye

The REC will hold its annual General Assembly meeting on November 8-9, 2012 in Szentendre, Hungary. This two-day gathering presents an opportunity not only to discuss next year's work plan together with signatory countries, but also to reflect on prior achievements and draw attention to ongoing projects. In order to showcase its recent activity, the REC has produced 13 unique...

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Florence hosts ISWA 2012 World Solid Waste Congress
October 16, 2012

Florence hosts ISWA 2012 World Solid Waste Congress

Alongside policy challenges to address increased waste generation and sustainable development solutions, there is growing interest worldwide to promote waste minimisation, develop green businesses such as recycling and energy recovery, and to implement measures to assure that local authorities meet targets concerning waste management systems and regulations. For these...

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Bosnia and Herzegovina signs int'l agreement on legal status
October 9, 2012

Bosnia and Herzegovina signs int'l agreement on legal status

On September 28, 2012, Mirko Sarovic, Minister for Foreign Trade and Economic Relations of Bosnia and Herzegovina, signed the international agreement on the legal status of the REC at a signing ceremony held at the Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Bosnia and Herzegovina is the fifth state to become party to the agreement. Considering the added value of the REC as...

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Shifting towards resilience
October 3, 2012

Shifting towards resilience

The REC once again had the honour and privilege of welcoming Dennis Meadows, most widely known for co-authoring the seminal book Limits to Growth, first published in 1972. Professor Meadows has been and remains an outspoken proponent of the argument that current levels of economic growth are unsustainable due to the finite nature of planetary resources. Meadows was invited to...

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Healthy initiative
October 3, 2012

Healthy initiative

The REC, with financial support from the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, has launched a five-year programme titled "Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in the Western Balkans: Turning Education into Action for Sustainable Futures". The first two-year action plan focuses on Kosovo*, Montenegro and Serbia, and involves: 1) activities supporting educational reforms that...

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ENVSEC organises climate change and security conference
October 2, 2012

ENVSEC organises climate change and security conference

Climate change and security in the Pan-European region will be the focus of discussion at this year's Environment and Security Initiative (ENVSEC) Partners Meeting on Wednesday, October 3 at the UN House in Brussels. The annual meeting, which brings together international organisations, donors, government representatives, and experts, provides a platform to debate issues...

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SINPHONIE project closes successfully
October 1, 2012

SINPHONIE project closes successfully

"Celebrating Progress on Indoor Air Quality and Children's Health" was the title of a September meeting that brought the SINPHONIE project to a formal close. The meeting was held on September 10-12, 2012, at the Regional Environmental Center in Szentendre, Hungary. The two-year SINPHONIE project brought together the multidisciplinary expertise of 39 institutions from 25...

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Taking regional action
October 1, 2012

Taking regional action

Albania, as part of the Western Balkans, is feeling more and more the effects of climate changes occurring at global level. Among other phenomena, seasons are becoming more irregular, extended droughts and intensive floods are annual events, coastal dynamics are disrupted, and forest fires are frequent occurrences. All of these combined have a great impact on human security...

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