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Monday, 18 December 2017

Denis Guibard, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, Products and Services, from Orange France Telecom met CTABrussels during the presentation of the study entitled; “Leveraging Information and Communication Technology for the BoP– Innovative business models in education, health, agriculture and financial services”. He stresses the great potential of ICT for development, notably in the agricultural sector. Furthermore, he highlights that cross-actor collaboration is key to meeting successful ICT-based projects.

In public deliberation, the Environment Council took into account a progress report on the proposal for a regulation concerning the export and import of hazardous chemicals. The aim of the proposal  is to replace regulation, which implements the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure (PIC) for certain hazardous chemicals and pesticides in international trade.

Although developing countries have urged the spending to be maintained,   UN member countries have agreed to cut the global body's budget for 2012-2013. While the 2010-2011 budget was set at $5. 41 billion, this coming biennium will be at $5.15 billion."All budget years are tough. But this year was especially difficult. Governments and people everywhere are struggling. It is a time of global financial austerity”, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said.

According to a study recently published in the journal Science, increasing temperatures will have a great impact on the habitats of animals and plants. Particularly some marine species, which will be forced to find new environments, will have great difficulties to cope with the changes.

Less than one year ago the EHEC-bacteria had remarkable impact on the production and sale of fruit and vegetables in Germany. In view of the remarkable and negative consequences that it produced, last year the QS-certification system was decided to be changed with effect from 1 January 2012.

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