World Day to Combat Desertification 2013: Don't let our future dry up!  
In 1994, the United Nations General Assembly declared June 17 the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (WDCD) to promote public awareness of the issue, and the implementation of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD). This year's theme is drought and water scarcity. The goal of the 2013 WDCD is to create awareness about the risks of drought and water scarcity in drylands and beyond, calling attention to the importance of sustaining healthy soils as part of post Rio+20 agenda, as well as the post-2015 sustainable development agenda.    
World Environment Day (WED 5 June 2013 )  
World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest and most widely celebrated global day for positive environmental action and is held on 5 June every year. WED celebrations began in 1972 and have grown to become the one of the main vehicles through which the UN stimulates worldwide awareness of the environment and encourages political attention and action.    
When making transactions on the Internet everyone hopes it is safe but who knows of the ISO standard that is behind the process?  
ISO has just published a revised version of the ISO 20022:2013 series on financial services, which ensures the reliable transfer of data, making financial transactions more secure.    
ISO 10008:2013 Quality management -- Customer satisfaction -- Guidelines for business-to-consumer electronic commerce transactions  
ISO 10008:2013 provides guidance for planning, designing, developing, implementing, maintaining and improving an effective and efficient business-to-consumer electronic commerce transaction (B2C ECT) system within an organization.    
Eurocert new certification field ISO3632:2011 Spices — Saffron  
ISO 3632 was prepared by Technical Committee ISO/TC 34, Food products, Subcommittee SC 7, Spices, culinary herbs and condiments.    
Eurocert new certification field ,ISO 22716:2007 - Cosmetics - Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP)  
As of 11 July 2013, the European Union’s new Regulation (EC) No 1223/2009 will require cosmetic products to be manufactured according to Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). Cosmetics manufacturers should prepare for this new requirement now in order to avoid any loss of market approval. Cosmetics Good Manufacturing Practices are a set of hands-on advice, operational rules and organizational guidelines especially focused on human, technical and administrative factors affecting product quality. The objective of the GMP is to define the activities which lead to the final product corresponding to the expected specifications, and therefore product safety.    
Sustainable Business and Investment in the Global Context: Rights, Risks and Responsibilities 16-17 April Beijing, China  
The event will bring together business leaders and investors to share good practices and experiences on doing business in high-risk contexts and ensuring the respect and support of human rights. Co-convened by: Global Compact Network China, Tsinghua University School of Economics and Management, the Global Compact Office, the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI).    
ISO 20022 Universal financial industry message scheme: Updates to Bank Services Billing Standard and Publication under ISO20022  
ISO 20022 is a family of international financial services messaging standards. It addresses payment initiation (including CGI), account reporting, various administrative messaging including Exceptions and Investigation (E and I), electronic bank account management (eBAM) and X9’s Balance and Transaction Reporting Standard (BTRS), which replaces the BAI standard, it also lends itself to electronic messaging    
How YOU can influence next edition of ISO 14001  
Users of the ISO 14001 environmental management system (EMS) standard are being encouraged to provide input through an online survey to the experts developing the next edition of the standard, which is expected to be published in 2015.    

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