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Monday, 19 September 2011

Interview: Ivana Alessandro on biodiversity and human rights

In this interview, the Council of Europe’s Ivana D’Alessandro discusses the quickening pace of biodiversity degradation in Europe.

She also outlines the work of the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, better known as the Bern Convention, which over the past 32 years has become a pillar of the international legal architecture.

It is the first international treaty to bring countries together on nature and conservation issues in order to protect both species and habitats.

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Monday, 12 September 2011

Jagland urges Europe to 'practice what it preaches' in the Mediterranean region

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has challenged Europe to practice what it preaches in its relations with neighbouring countries in the Mediterranean region.

In his 9 September speech to the Bled Strategic Forum, Jagland expressed his fear that  Europe’s  neighbours might not heed calls for more tolerant and inclusive politics if it could not cope with its own multicultural societies.