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Dear Madame, dear Sir,

Let us share with you the third issue of CEEweb's business and biodiversity newsletter. This issue will invite you to join a globally wide awareness raising short film contest, to participate in a CSR conference in Hungary, and to be informed about the outcomes of two international high-level events.

Enjoy reading!

Kind regards,
Sarolta Tripolszky and Veronika Kiss
The Business and Biodiversity Team of CEEweb

In this issue:

The IV. Green-Go Short Film Contest is launched, be part of it!

Invitation to the CSR Hungary 2014 Conference & Exhibition

Business forum within the biggest biodiversity intergovernmental conference

Over 1,000 participants celebrated World Resources Forum

The IV. Green-Go Short Film Contest is launched. Be part of it!

CEEweb has launched its Green-Go international short film contest this year too, to raise awareness on environmental issues and possible solutions.

We are waiting for creative/shocking/funny/explicit eye-opener short films that show:

  • how nature works for us all or what would happen without the services of nature;
  • the importance of family farms, small-scale agriculture, traditional knowledge, and the need for more sustainable agriculture and more responsible consumers' choice;
  • how climate change threatens us, how we can fight it with simple, natural solutions and what existing solutions there are in the world already.

The best films will win 325 euros in each category, and the winner of the public voting will win 170 euros!

Visit the contest's website!

Invitation to the CSR Hungary 2014 Conference & Exhibition

The first of the annual CSR Hungary international conference was organized in 2006 with speakers from Middle and West Europe, whose professional quality and media coverage generated positive trends in Hungary. It has become the most significant c(s)r forum of the year, where business decision-makers, communication managers, researchers and university students can share their experiences. The 9th CSR Hungary Conference & Exhibition will be held 12th November 2014 (Budapest, Lurdy House).

The event aims to cover what are optimization methods between economy, and society, and environment, ideas and inspirations for responsible and sustainable business. The meeting will bring together representatives from national and international experts to share their views on what they think about sustainable growth, success and CSR; and whether it is possible to realize them hand in hand.

See more here and register here.

Business forum within the biggest biodiversity intergovernmental conference

Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity have been expressing their interest for concrete actions to create enabling environments so that businesses can integrate values of biodiversity into their operations and strategies. Therefore, 12-14 October 2014 the Secretariat of the Convention hosted a three-day business and biodiversity forum in parallel to the 12th Conference of the Parties (COP12).

The themes that were prioritized for this business forum, mainstreaming, capacity building and reporting, were selected to reflect parts of the COP12 business draft decision that were under negotiation at that time. The focus areas on day one were Sustainable Tourism, Commodities, Bio Trade and the Global Partnership, while on days two and three discussion groups focused on the issues and concerns surrounding the implementation of the aforementioned key themes. Approximately 250 participants came to several conclusions on how realize productive cross-cutting cooperation.

See more here.

Over 1,000 participants celebrated World Resources Forum

The World Resources Forum (WRF) is the global science-based platform for sharing knowledge about the economic, political, social and environmental implications of global resource use. WRF promotes innovation for resource productivity by building bridges among researchers, policymakers, business, SMEs, NGOs and the public. Flagship activity is the annual WRF Conference.

This year, over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organisations listened to Vice Minister of the Environment Mariano Castro, who closed the three-day conference, organised in the Peruvian city of Arequipa. Castro and his co-chair Xaver Edelmann, President of the WRF, thanked the local community on behalf of all participants for their warm hospitality. They praised the work of the organising teams, from Switzerland and Peru, including the volunteers from Arequipa universities.

Read more about the event.

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