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Privacy Statement

The following discloses information gathering and dissemination practices for this website – The respect of privacy is essential to building a trusting relationship between the GLAD network and stakeholders.

Personal information

By accessing this site, certain information about the User, such as Internet protocol (IP) addresses, navigation through the Site, the software used and the time spent, along with other similar information, will be stored on United Nations servers. These will not specifically identify the User. The information will be used internally only for web site traffic analysis.

Registration on this Site is not mandatory, although uploading contents and access to specific sections of the Site requires the User to be registered. Registration on this Site does not involve any cost.

This website does not collect personal information, except where it is volunteered. If the User provides unique identifying information, such as name, address and other information on forms stored on this site, such information will be used for statistical purposes, kept strictly confidential and will not be shared with third parties, except with explicit permission. The United Nations, however, assumes no responsibility for the security of this information.

Whenever filling the Site’s registration or submission forms, the User accepts to provide accurate and updated information as required in order to keep it accurate and complete.

Log files

Like most standard web servers, this website uses log files. These files contain information such as Internet protocol (IP) addresses, browser type, Internet service provider (ISP), referring/exit pages, platform type, date/time stamp. This data is not linked to any personally identifiable information, and is used for aggregated statistical analysis of web site traffic only.


Cookies are small data files which can be used to identify a browser visiting a website. They can be used to track movement through the site, or to facilitate access to parts of the site. Cookies are used on this website. The cookie expires at the end of the session, and contains no personally identifiable information.

Third party sites

This site contains links to other sites. UN Environment is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of such web sites.

Contact Information

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please contact:

Life Cycle Initiative
Economy Division
UN Environment

1 rue Miollis, Building VII – 75015 Paris, France


Materials provided on this Site are provided "as is", without warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose and non-infringement.

The United Nations specifically does not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of any such Materials. The United Nations periodically adds changes, improves or updates the Materials on this Site without notice.

Datasets shared and/or searched through the GLAD network remain the property of the dataset provider (node) where they originate, or the IP owner defined in such node. The extent and applications to which such datasets identified through the Network can be used is thus determined by the relevant IP rights granted by the originating node / dataset owner.

The GLAD network does not accept any liability for use or misuse of the datasets identified through the GLAD network, or their subsequent use. Responsibility for correct use of the datasets remains with the User, as well as the correct identification of the fitness for purpose of the dataset to the User’s intended use.

Under no circumstances shall the United Nations be liable for any loss, damage, liability or expense incurred or suffered that is claimed to have resulted from the use of this Site, including, without limitation, any fault, error, omission, interruption or delay with respect thereto.

The use of this Site is at the User's sole risk. Under no circumstances, including, but not limited to negligence, shall the United Nations or its affiliates be liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, even if the United Nations has been advised of the possibility of such damages.

The User specifically acknowledges and agrees that the United Nations is not liable for any conduct of any User.

This site may contain advice, opinions and statements of various information providers. The United Nations does not represent or endorse the accuracy or reliability of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by any information provider, any User of this Site or any other person or entity. Reliance upon any such advice, opinion, statement, or other information shall also be at the User's own risk. Neither the United Nations nor its affiliates, nor any of their respective agents, employees, information providers or content providers, shall be liable to any User or anyone else for any inaccuracy, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, alteration of or use of any content herein, or for its timeliness or completeness, nor shall they be liable for any failure of performance, computer virus or communication line failure, regardless of cause, or for any damages resulting therefrom.

As a condition of use of this Site, the User agrees to indemnify the United Nations and its affiliates from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising out of the User's use of this Site, including, without limitation, any claims alleging facts that if true would constitute a breach by the User of these Terms and Conditions. If the User is dissatisfied with any Material on this Site or with any of its Terms and Conditions of Use, the User's sole and exclusive remedy is to discontinue using the Site.

This Site may contain links and references to third-party web sites. The linked sites are not under the control of the United Nations, and the United Nations is not responsible for the content of any linked site or any link contained in a linked site. The United Nations provides these links only as a convenience, and the inclusion of a link or reference does not imply the endorsement of the linked site by the United Nations.

If this Site contains bulletin boards, chat rooms, access to mailing lists or other message or communication facilities enabling the User to upload, send, share, communicate, transmit or make messages, contents or materials available (collectively, "Interactive Tools"), the User agrees to use the Interactive Tools only to send and receive messages, contents and materials that are proper and related to the particular Tool. By way of example and not as a limitation, the User agrees that when using an Interactive Tool, he or she shall not do any of the following:

(a) Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others;

(b) Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information;

(c) Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy and publicity) unless the User owns or controls the rights thereto or has received all consents therefore as may be required by law;

(d) Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another's computer;

(e) Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded;

(f) Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded;

(g) Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests or chain letters, or download any file posted by another user of a Forum that the User knows, or reasonably should know, cannot be legally distributed in such manner;

(h) Misrepresent his or her identity.

The User is responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of his or her account password and username, and is fully responsible for all activities that occur under this password or username.

The User is required to immediately notify GLAD network of any unauthorized use of this password or username or any other breach of security.

The User acknowledges that all Forums and discussion groups, and all other Interactive Tools, are public and not private communications. Further, the User acknowledges that chats, postings, conferences, e-mails and other communications by other Users are not endorsed by the United Nations, and that such communications shall not be considered to have been reviewed, screened or approved by the United Nations. The United Nations reserves the right to remove, for any reason and without notice, any content of the Interactive Tools received from Users, including, without limitation, e-mail and bulletin board postings.


Terms of Use

The use of this web site constitutes agreement with the following terms and conditions:

(a) The United Nations maintains this web site (the "Site") as a courtesy to those who may choose to access the Site ("Users"). The information presented herein is for informative purposes only. The United Nations Environment Programme grants permission to Users to visit the Site and to download and copy the information, documents and materials (collectively, "Materials") from the Site for the User's personal, non-commercial use, without any right to resell or redistribute them or to compile or create derivative works there from, subject to the terms and conditions outlined below, and also subject to more specific restrictions that may apply to specific Materials within this Site.

(b) The United Nations administers this Site. All Materials on this Site from the United Nations appears subject to the present Terms and Conditions.

(c) Unless expressly stated otherwise, the findings, interpretations and conclusions expressed in the Materials on this Site are those of the various United Nations staff members, consultants and advisers to the United Nations Secretariat who prepared the work and do not necessarily represent the views of the United Nations or its Member States.

(d) UN Environment reserves the right to modify these Terms and Conditions at any time. Revised Terms and Conditions will be published on this Site.

Preservation of immunities

Nothing herein shall constitute or be considered to be a limitation upon or a waiver of the privileges and immunities of the United Nations, which are specifically reserved.


The United Nations reserves its exclusive right in its sole discretion to alter, limit or discontinue the Site or any Materials in any respect. The United Nations shall have no obligation to take the needs of any User into consideration in connection therewith.

The United Nations reserves the right to deny in its sole discretion any user access to this Site or any portion thereof, as well as to close any user account without notice.

No waiver by the United Nations of any provision of these Terms and Conditions shall be binding except as set forth in writing and signed by its duly authorized representative.

The User grants the United Nations the right to use any content he or she uploads, sends, shares, communicates, transmits or makes available, except for personal information,  (including by reproduction, distribution, public display, and/or public performance) in any and all media whether now known or hereafter devised.


Website domain contributed by Professor Sangwon Suh, Bren School of Environmental Science and Management, University of California.