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UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention celebrates 20 years of pan-‎European cooperation to strengthen prevention, preparedness and ‎response ‎

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Prevention, preparedness and response are key pillars of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents which will celebrate its 20th anniversary of entry into force on 19 April 2020. The Convention was negotiated in response to the 1986 Sandoz chemical spill, which put Switzerland…

How do the Climate Crisis and Conflicts Bind Humanitarians and Environmentalists?

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This article by Wim Zwijnenburg (PAX for Peace) reflects on the growing interest and visibility of the environment during the Humanitarian Networks and Partnerships Week 2020 (HNPW) in Geneva and stresses the need to address environmental issues in humanitarian response. Photo: Oil slick in the…

The Story Behind The EEC Logo

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The Environmental Emergencies Centre is a knowledge hub for experts working in the environmental and humanitarian fields. The Centre invites representatives from governments, communities, international organizations, the private sector and civil society organizations to strengthen their knowledge and skills for preparing and respondign to environmental emergencies. The website offers guidance, training,…

Environmental Emergencies Centre Newsletter 2018

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The UN Environment/OCHA Joint Unit’s Environmental Emergencies Centre Newsletter provides users with valuable updates about the EEC website right to their inbox. The newsletter includes stories about recent missions, announcements, new features of the EEC online modules, recommended readings as well as useful links. The newsletter also provides…

Radio Story: Hidroituango Dam, Colombia

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This broadcast by Voces Unidas features the UNEP/OCHA Joint Unit during a deployment mission in Colombia to address a series of incidents at the Hidroituango Dam. During the Spring of 2018, heavy rains in Colombia led to a series of incidents at the Hidroituango Dam, still under construction.

IPS – When Environmental Crises Hit Homes, Women Suffer the Most

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The article by the Inter Press Service (IPS) highlights how environmental emergencies can have a more exacerbated impact on women. As part of a series of stories for International Women’s Day on 8 March 2018, IPS released a series of stories related to gender and emergency management. In this…

UNEP Story – Curbing Pollution from extractive industries

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This article by UN Environment details the adverse effects of extractive industries by using mining accidents in Brazil and Papua New Guinea as case studies. The article explores how both communities experienced the worst mining disasters in their countries. It highlights the need for integration of local communities in the…

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