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MEPIELAN E-Bulletin is a digital academic and practitioner newsletter of the MEPIELAN Centre, launched in 2010.  It features insight articles, reflective opinions, specially selected documents and cases, book reviews as well as news on thematic topics of direct interest of MEPIELAN Centre and on the activities and role of MEPIELAN Centre. Its content bridges theory and practice perspectives of relational international law, international environmental law and participatory governance , and international negotiating process, thus serving the primary goal of Centre: to develop an integrated, inter-disciplinary, relational, context-related and sustainably effective governance approach creating, protecting and advancing international common interest for the present and future generations. Providing a knowledge- and information-sharing platform and a scholarly forum, the Bulletin promotes innovative ideas and enlightened critical views, contributing to a broader scholarly debate on important issues of international common interest. The audience of the Bulletin includes academics, practitioners, researchers, university students, international lawyers, officials and personnel of international organizations and institutional arrangements, heads and personnel of national authorities at all levels (national, regional and local), and members of the civil society at large.

List of 2019 Thematic News

Sustainable Development Goals and Agenda 2030

UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development: Its 2018 Session

The annual session of the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF 2018), convened under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council, took place from 9 to 18 July 2018 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This was the third HLPF session since the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015. This HLPF session brought together government officials as well as representatives from international governmental and international organizations and the civil society with the aim to take stock of progress on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The five-day experts' meeting took place from 9 to 13 July and it was followed by a three-day Ministerial Meeting convened from 16 to 18 July as part of ECOSOC's high-level segment.

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International Environmental Negotiation Process

The Katowice Climate Conference Adopts a Rule-Book to Implement the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement

The United Nations Climate Change Conference in Katowice, Poland was convened from 2 to 14 December 2018.It involved a number of events, including 24th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 24) to the UNFCCC and the 14th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP). Over 1,300 participants attended the Conference, including governmental officials and representatives from UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, non-governmental organizations, scientific community, academia and the media. The cardinal objective of the Katowice Climate Conference was to finalize the Paris Agreement Work Programme (PAWP).

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Climate Change

The 24th Katowice UN Climate Conference: Steps Forward for Implementation

The 24th Katowice Climate Change Conference was convened from 2 to 15 December 2018 in Poland and included the three governing bodies of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the Kyoto Protocol, and the Paris Agreement. The Katowice Climate Change Conference brought together over 22,000 participants, including government officials, representatives from UN bodies and agencies, intergovernmental organizations, civil society organizations, and media.

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Public Participation in Environmental Governance

The Twenty-second Meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention

The twenty-second meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention was held from 19-21 June 2018 in Palais de Nations in Geneva. The meeting was attended by a wide range of representatives of the Convention’s Contracting Parties, non-governmental organizations, academia, businesses and international organizations. The utmost objective of the meeting was to review the progress in implementing the 2015-2017 and the current work programmes and discuss a number of items, including the progress achieved in promoting access to information, public participation and access to justice and in ratification of the Convention's amendment on genetically modified organisms as well as the further promotion of the Convention and different financial matters. The meeting involved a thematic session on access to information, a thematic session on promoting the application of the principles of the Convention in international forums and a special segment to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the adoption of the Convention.

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