Press releases 2015

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  • Paris climate summit breakthrough delivers legally-binding global agreement 2015-12-15
    On Saturday evening, a new, comprehensive and legally binding climate agreement was concluded at the Paris climate summit, which will be implemented from 2020 onwards. This agreement marks the first time when nearly all the countries of the world have indicated their willingness to take action to tackle climate change.
  • IUCN Forum highlights European nature conservation messages 14–16 December in Helsinki 2015-12-11
    The Regional Conservation Forum for Europe of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) will be held in Helsinki on 14–16 December 2015. The Forum will discuss the state of Europe’s nature, its conservation and other issues. Additionally, it will draw up the Helsinki Message, a collection of the most important messages from the European perspective for the decision-makers of the IUCN state members and organisations and for the IUCN administration.
  • Declaration emphasising the health of soils gains widespread support 2015-12-04
    The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. The aim of IYS 2015 is to raise awareness about the profound importance of soil for human life and to increase people's understanding of soil, its functions and the ecosystem services it offers.In Finland, the International Year of Soils culminated today with the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen receiving the Declaration of the International Year of Soils.
  • Government proposal on access to genetic resources and their utilisation 2015-11-19
    The Finnish Government today approved the Government proposal on access to genetic resources and the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from their utilisation. Finland does not currently have general legislation governing access to genetic resources.
  • Prime Minister Juha Sipilä to lead the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development 2015-10-01
    Today, the Finnish Government has appointed the Finnish National Commission on Sustainable Development with a new composition. Prime Minister Juha Sipilä starts as the Chair of the Commission and the Minister of Agriculture and the Environment Kimmo Tiilikainen starts as the Deputy Chair. Counsellor Annika Lindblom from the Ministry of the Environment starts as the Secretary General of the Commission on 1 October.
  • Finns want the international community to take rapid action so that the increase in Earth’s average temperature could be limited to less than two degrees 2015-09-25
    Finns consider international climate negotiations as the most important forum for solving the climate challenge. Most Finns think that the international community should do everything in its power to limit the increase in temperature to two degrees, and four out of five think that ambitious actions are urgently needed, according to the survey commissioned by the Ministry of the Environment from TNS Gallup.
  • Global Cleantech Summit begins in Helsinki in a week 2015-09-02
    The Global Cleantech Summit 2015 will be held in Helsinki at Kalastajatorppa and Finlandia Hall 8.–10.9.2015. It will offer points of view, corporate contacts, and a possibility for dialogue on global solutions and on success stories in the field of technology, which are the key to sustainable growth in the future. A total of 500 participants from around the world are expected at the conference.
  • Natural resources ran out today – Earth Overshoot Day arrives early this year 2015-08-13
    Today, 13 August 2015, people have used up all the renewable resources the Earth can re-generate this year. Earth Overshoot Day has never arrived this early; we are almost a week ahead compared to last year. The single most important factor affecting the date of Earth Overshoot Day is our growing carbon footprint.
  • Survey: Society’s Commitment to Sustainability also benefits participants' own organisations 2015-06-03
    According to a new survey, operators that have made a commitment to sustainable development are very satisfied with the results of the commitment. Four out of five operators that have made commitments reported that their implementation has benefited their organisation and that sustainable development is now understood to mean concrete measures.
  • The Ministry of the Environment moves to energy efficient premises at the beginning of May 2015-04-28
    The Ministry of the Environment will move to the address Aleksanterinkatu 7 in early May. The premises have been renovated for energy efficiency.
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