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  • ACP
  • African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States

    International Organisation with 79 member states, mostly ex-colonies of France and Great Britain, countries in Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific. The group have agreed economic cooperation in the Georgetown Agreement (1975), the Lomé Agreement (1975), and the Cotonou Agreement (2000).

  • AKP-Gruppe
  • AKP = Gruppe der afrikanischen, karibischen und pazifischen Staaten, kurz AKP-Gruppe

    Internationale Organisation mit 79 Mitgliederstaaten, meisten ex-Kolonien Frankfreiches and Großbritanniens, Länder in Afrika, Karibik und dem Pazifik. Die Gruppe vereinbaren wirtschaftliche Zusammenarbeit, mit dem Georgetown Abkommen (1975), dem Lomé Abkommen (Togo, 1975), und dem Cotonou-Abkommen (2000).


  • BAN
  • The international Basel Action Network (BAN), based in Seattle, is an activist forum for reporting on success and failure of implementing the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal.

    BAN website and forum

    "The Basel Action Network (BAN) is the world's only organization focused on confronting the global environmental injustice and economic inefficiency of toxic trade. Known for its investigations on 'digital dumps' of e-waste in China, they work to prevent unsustainable dumping of the world's toxic waste on our global village's poorest residents, while at the same time actively promoting sustainable solutions to the waste crisis. Learn more at www.ban.org."


  • Basel Convention
  • The Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal has a website, with many resources and updates concerning international law and dangerous substances.

    Basel Convention


  • BIR
  • The Bureau of International Recycling, headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, international NGO. The BIR brings together industry and governmental players in the recycling world, and promotes global sustainable growth.

    bir.org


  • CITES
  • The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, is a multilateral treaty for the protection of plants and animals.


  • Directorate-General for Environment
  • European Commission department responsible for EU policy on the environment. It ensures that Member States apply EU environmental law correctly and represents the European Union in environmental matters at international meetings. There are 6 directorates, each of which are divided into thematic units.

    Commissioner for the Environment: Karmenu Vella.

    Director-General: Daniel Calleja Crespo.


  • ECHA
  • The European Chemicals Agency. Official body charged with the implementation of REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals). ECHA assists regulatory authorities in ensuring compliance to chemicals related legislation in the EU. It promotes the safe use of chemicals, and provides general information, as well as addresses issues concerning chemicals of particular concern, such as SVHC (substances of very high concern). Active since 2007, Headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.


  • Ecolex: Gateway to Environmental Law
  • Ecolex.org


  • ECOSOC
  • United Nations Economic and Social Council. A United Nations organisation with 54 members, ECOSOC coordinates the economic, social and related work of 14 UN agencies, regional commissions, functional commissions, and specialised agencies. Some NGOs have consultative status with the council, including Global Water Partnership, Intergovernmental Forum on Mining, Minerals, Metals and Sustainable Development, Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment, World Deserts Foundation.

    The functional commissions involved with ECOSOC include: United Nations Forum on Forests, Commission on Population and Development, High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (replacing CSD, Commission on Sustainable Development), Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD). The specialised agency United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), like many other autonomous agencies, operates through the ECOSOC mechanism.


  • German Chemistry and Chemicals Industry Website
  • Chemie.de


  • FAO
  • Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, FAO

    The FAO is a primary UN agency, charged with the mandate of leading international efforts to alleviate hunger anywhere in the world. The FAO is a resource which aids countries to modernize their agricultural practices.

    Logo: fiat panis (let there be bread). Headquarters: Rome, Italy.

    The FAO has 194 member states, as well the EU.

  • FAO
  • Die Ernährungs- und Landwirtschaftsorganisation der Vereinten Nationen, FAO.

    Die FAO ist ein ONU-Agentur mit der Aufgabe, die internationale Versuche um Weltwelt-Hunger zu eledigen, um die Ernährung in Entwicklungsländer sicherzustellen, und im allgemeinem den Lebenstandard zu verbessern.

    Motto: fiat panis (Es werde Brot). Hauptsitz: Rom, Italien.

    Die FAO zählt 194 Mitgliedstaaten, und dazu die EU.


  • Geneva Internet Platform GIP
  • The Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (EDA) and the Swiss Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) have initiated the Geneva Internet Platform (GIP), which fulfils the mission of an observatory, a capacity building centre (online and in situ), and a centre for discussion. The GIP is hosted by DiploFoundation.

    Mission: Engaging digital actors - Fostering effective digital policy - Monitoring digital governance.

    GIP website


  • GISS
  • GISS Goddard Institute for Space Studies, operated by NASA.

    The GISS is a foremost source of climatology data, collating more than 5 decades of satellite and ocean and land-based sensor data to match adapting climate models. They announced in 2007 the stunning news that 5 of the warmest years on record had occurred in the previous decade. Dr. Jim Hansen is a prominent atmospheric scientist with a long association with NASA and the GISS.

  • GISS
  • Das GISS Goddard Institute for Space Studies, von der NASA betrieben.

    Das GISS ist eine führende Quelle für Klimatologiedaten. Es hat über mehr als 5 Jahrzehnten Daten, von Land-, Meer-, und Satellit-basierten Sensoren, gesammelt und analysiert, um sie mit Klimamodellen anzupassen. Sie kündigten an, im Jahr 2007, die atemberaubende Nachricht, dass 5 der wärmsten Jahre in den letzten zehn Jahren stattgefunden hatte. Dr. Jim Hansen ist ein prominenter Atmosphär-physiker, mit einer langen Zusammenarbeit mit NASA und dem GISS.

    Mit den neuesten Forschungsergebnissen, gibt es nun ausreichend harte Beweise, um zu zeigen, dass die durchschnittlichen globalen Temperaturen steigen schneller als je zuvor.


  • IAEA
  • IAEA, the International Atomic Energy Agency.

    Founded in 1957. It is independent of the UNO, and has its own international treaty (the IAEA Statute), but reports to the UNGA (United Nations General Assembly) and the Security Council. The IAEA has its headquarter in Vienna, and two offices (Regional Safeguards offices) in Toronto and Tokyo, as well as 2 liaison offices in New York and Geneva.

    The function of the IAEA is international forum for scientific and technical cooperation, and watchdog for the peaceful use of nuclear technology and materials. It publishes standards for nuclear safety, radiation protection and security. The IAEA was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace, jointly with its former Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, in 2005.

  • IAEO
  • IAEO, die Internationale Atomenergie-Organisation.

    Im Jahr 1957 gegrundet, die IAEO ist unabhängig von der Vereinten Nationen mit eigenem internationalen Abkommen (der IAEA Statute). Sie berichtet regelmäßig der Generalversammlung und dem Sicherheitsrat der Vereinten Nationen, wenn sie eine Gefährdung der internationalen Sicherheit feststellt. Die IAEA hat Hauptsitz in Wien, Österreich, zwei „Regional Safeguards“ Büros in Toronto und Tokio, und zwei „Liaison“ Büros in New York und Genf.

    Die Mission der IAEO ist: „den Beitrag der Kernenergie zu Frieden, Gesundheit und Wohlstand weltweit beschleunigen und vergrößern“. Sie ist verantwortlich für die Förderung der Anwendung radioaktiver Stoffe und der internationalen Zusammenarbeit. Sie soll auch die militärische Nutzung dieser Technologie, insbesonder die Proliferation von Kernwaffen, durch Überwachungsmaßnahmen, sogenannten „Safeguards“, verhindern. Im Jahr 2005 gemeinsam mit ihrem damaligen Generaldirektor Mohammed el-Baradei würde die IAEO mit dem Friedensnobelpreis ausgezeichnet.


  • IEA
  • International Energy Agency


  • ISO
  • ISO, the International Standards Organisation, is not an acronym, but from the Greek word for 'equal'.

    Founded in 1946, the ISO has 166 state members, The Deutsche Institut für Normung e. V. (DIN) has been a member since 1951.

    The three official languages are English, French and Russian, in which the ISO Standards are published.

    ISO, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), und die International Telecommunication Union (ITU), together compose the WSC (World Standards Cooperation).

  • ISO
  • ISO, Die Internationale Organisation für Normung, ist die internationale Vereinigung von Normungsorganisationen. Die Name ISO ist nicht ein Akronym, aber kommt von Griechisch für 'egal'.

    Gegrundet in 1946, die ISO hat 166 staatliche Mitglieder. Das Deutsche Institut für Normung e. V. (DIN) ist seit 1951 Mitglied der ISO für die Bundesrepublik Deutschland.

    Deutsch ist eine der 3 offiziellen Sprachen: Englisch, Französisch und Russisch, in welche die die ISO-Normen veröffentlicht sind.

    ISO, die Internationale elektrotechnische Kommission (IEC), und die Internationale Fernmeldeunion (ITU), zusammen bilden die WSC (World Standards Cooperation).


  • IUCN
  • The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948, by the then fledgling UNO, and is today the world's oldest and largest conservation organisation.

    The IUCN's Red List of Threatened Species is a list of endangered species designed to advise policymakers and monitor the status of species which are or may soon be under threat of extinction.

    The IUCN is an international organisation with headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. It sponsors research and instigates field projects. It is also a major venue for governments, non-government organisations, as well as any UNO or other organisation concerned with specific or general environmental and conservation issues. Although funded by the UNO member states, it relies heavily on volunteers and mutually-beneficial cooperation with governments, organisations, and individuals, all over the globe.


  • OECD
  • Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

    Founded in 1948 as the Organisation for European Economic Co-operation (OEEC) as a regulatory body primarily concerned with implementation of the Marshall Plan, it evolved into the OECD in 1961. The OECD is a group of 34 countries, whose aim is the promote and stimulate economic development and world trade. Its policies are based on the principles of democracy and market economy.

    Membership is restricted to countries with high income and high HDI (Human Development Index), and are all therefore in the bracket of developed country.

    Its headquarters are in Paris, and it is regulated by the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Signatory nations are: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Palestine, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States.


  • OSCE
  • Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    An intergovernmental organisation with a mandate to control arms, promote human rights, freedom of the press. It is also involved in monitoring and guaranteeing free and fair elections. It was created in 1975, and has its secretariat in Vienna. It has 57 participating states across Europe, and North America, including Russia, Canada and the USA.


  • TOXNET®: Toxicology Data Network
  • TOXNET website

    TOXNET® (TOXicology Data NETwork) is a group of databases covering chemicals and drugs, diseases and the environment, environmental health, occupational safety and health, poisoning, risk assessment and regulations, and toxicology. It is managed by the (USA) Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program (TEHIP) in the Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS) of the National Library of Medicine (NLM).


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