International issues

International issues

The EU promotes environmental protection through agreements with other States. These cover areas such as global biodiversity, trade in wild plants and animals, avoiding trade in illegally harvested timber, the safe handling of chemicals, and waste.


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In July, the European Commission stepped up its fight against ivory trafficking and elephant poaching, with new, tighter rules on the export of raw ivory from Europe. It is now inviting individuals and organisations to submit their views on what more the EU should do to...


The EU is building stronger relations with neighbouring countries to the south and east, using European project funding to boost sustainable development and protect the environment for local communities. One example is the integrated programme for the protection of...


Sustainable development touches all aspects of life, from growing populations, climate change, halting biodiversity loss, to migration and youth employment. A European Commission Communication outlines the long-term vision for a truly sustainable European future. 


Vicky Pollard, Environment and Climate Counsellor at the EU delegation in Beijing, talks green tech, international cooperation and clamping down on polluters.


On 25-27 September, the international community came together in New York to put their final seal of approval to a historic new global framework for sustainable development.


The European Union and China have been working together since they first established diplomatic relations 40 years ago. Over the decades, cooperation has steadily increased – especially in the field of environmental protection – building a stronger relationship between the EU and one of its most...


In 2015 the international community is supposed to take the decisions necessary to put the world on a course to living within planetary boundaries. Early in the year, the European Commission has set out its views on the worldwide effort needed to eradicate poverty, preserve the environment and boost...


The European Union and United Nations are working to establish Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a new framework to address global poverty and sustainable development for all in the years ahead.


The transition to a circular economy requires private and public sectors to work together, as well as international, national and local-level initiatives and policies. The Green Week session on ‘Circular economy: scaling up best practices worldwide’ was on the lookout for successes, examples and...


International efforts to tackle desertification and promote sustainable land use received a significant boost at a biennial meeting of parties to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) in Namibia in late September, when substantive decisions with active EU input were taken to give a new...


The Millennium Development Goals have been a powerful tool to tackle global poverty, but they will need to be renewed in 2015. In parallel, last summer’s Rio+20 conference launched an initiative to formulate Sustainable Development Goals. The European Commission believes both processes should be...