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Environmental Communication from UNIC

Environmental Communication from UNIC

In December 2003, in the framework of the Italian Presidency of the European Union, Milan hosted the 9th Conference of the Parties on Climate Changes, the most important international summit on environment after the one in Johannesburg in Autumn 2002. The conference was organised by the UN and the Italian Ministry of Environment.

On December 12th, 2003, closing date of the summit, the Italian government presented the environmental policies of the Italian tanning sector as an international example of excellence in environmental management. Contents of the first Environmental Report of the Italian tanning industry and results of efforts and investments of the past years were presented, together with possible future objectives.

The event represented a part of wider strategies of environmental communication, which aim at the valorisation of the ethic and environmental content of leather correctly produced and at the comparison with international competitors.

UNEP

1. COTANCE signs UNEP's declaration on cleaner production

On 29 April 2002, in Prague, Mr Gonzalez-Quijano, Secretary General of COTANCE, signed the International Declaration on Cleaner Production on behalf of his association.

The International Declaration on Cleaner Production is a commitment to the goal of sustainable development by the bodies who are signatories to it. It was formulated by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in order to eliminate pollution before it is created, rather than clean up the damage caused.

Following a Council decision taken in 2000, COTANCE had decided to become a signatory to the UNEP declaration. In signing up, the European Tanning Industry makes public its commitment to favour pollution prevention and cleaner production. Indeed this is already a reality in most of the European Tanneries and should therefore be communicated to the general public by all available means, first by signing the UNEP declaration and then, by further implementing and widely disseminating its principles.

2. COTANCE submits a report on sustainability to UNEP

The COTANCE report for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg) is an unprecedented achievement of the leather industry. Europe's tanners participate in the reporting exercise of UNEP with regard to the three pillars of sustainability. This is a contribution to the global leather industry because it sets a benchmark against which to measure achievements in terms of sustainability and a yardstick in the quest for sustainability of the tanning industry