Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Dendias to meet with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf (Athens, 29.10.2021)

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nikos Dendias, will meet tomorrow, Friday, October 29, at 12:00 with the Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), Nayef Falah M. Al-Hajraf.

Expanded talks will be followed by joint statements to the Press at approximately 13:20.

Discussions are expected to focus on enhancing cooperation between Greece, the GCC and the Gulf countries, as well as on current developments in the wider region.

The visit is being carried out in the context of the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding on Political Consultations between Greece and the Gulf Cooperation Council, signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs during his visit to Saudi Arabia last April.

Gap Between Intent and Implementation in Workplace Safety Processes Persists, Sphera’s 2021 Safety Report Finds

Data from Sphera’s New Safety Report reveals that even though safety is part of the corporate culture, companies lack a well-defined roadmap to implement safety improvement measures.

CHICAGO, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — While most companies have embraced safety as part of their corporate culture, there are still hurdles to overcome to improve their process safety and personal safety performance, Sphera’s new Safety Report reveals.

Sphera®, a leading global provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk management software, data and consulting services, surveyed nearly 350 risk, process safety and health and safety professionals. Results show that while 75% of the respondents said that safety is part of their organization’s corporate culture, only 40% said they have a well-defined safety performance roadmap in place.

Safety is the foundation of any strong organization and a key component of ESG. According to Sphera’s Safety Report, creating a safety culture is just as important as being compliant, which has impacted the prioritization of performance safety drivers. Respondents indicated that the top three key safety performance drivers are reducing operational and major accident hazard (MAH) risk exposure (60%), regulatory compliance (48%), and corporate and board priority (37%).

Employer awareness of the safety hazards facing their workforce has been heightened during the pandemic. Over a quarter (27%) of respondents indicated that the adoption of centralized Health and Safety processes is lagging.

For five years, Sphera produced the highly anticipated Process Safety Management/Operational Risk Management (PSM/ORM) report exploring industry trends in process safety and operational risk management. However, with the 2021 report Sphera has expanded the overall safety landscape to include health and safety as well. While the occupational safety and health sector has especially felt pressure, companies across all sectors have had to make constant structural adjustments to keep workers safe.

“The pandemic has highlighted just how quickly safety and risk management processes can be thrown off balance. Safety in all its aspects makes for a resilient and sustainable business model, especially in an era when ESG goals are of the utmost importance,” said Sphera CEO and President Paul Marushka. “An effective safety culture and efficient safety process helps ensure a healthy workforce and enhanced business performance. However, we are still seeing a gap in how companies link safety and business performance, which highlights a need for a more holistic approach through data, software and expertise.”

Additional insights:
This year’s survey shows 51% of respondents pointing to limited resources, 43% to conflicting priorities and 31% to limited budgets as the main obstacles to delivering planned safety-critical maintenance and inspections, which has remained consistent. These leading indicators of the underlying problems preventing organizations from achieving improved safety performance and fewer incidents tie back to the gap between safety intent and safety implementation.

The Sphera Safety Report shows that there is still work to be done implementing risk monitoring practices that address the full spectrum of risks across organizational silos. Additionally, a little over half (56%) of respondents indicated that they still track critical safeguards/barriers manually, such as loss of containment and structural integrity, and a mere 19% said that these safeguards are monitored in real time. This further highlights the stronger ties between process and worker safety that emerged during the pandemic and the need for organizations to have a holistic view of safety and risk management.

About the Safety Survey
Sphera surveyed 349 risk, process safety, and health and safety professionals from a cross-section of global industries from across the world evaluating their safety standards for the 2021 Safety Report. Respondents came from several global industries, such as Manufacturing, Oil and Gas, Chemicals/Petrochemicals, Energy, Construction, Professional Services and Government.

About Sphera
Sphera is the leading provider of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) performance and risk management software, data and consulting services focusing on Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability (EHS&S), Operational Risk Management and Product Stewardship. Learn more about Sphera at Follow Sphera on LinkedIn.

For media inquiries or to request a copy of the report, please contact:
Denise Jones, Marketing Communications Manager, Sphera,

SeeUnity’s Echo Content Synchronization Product Enhancements Expedite Data Updates with Webhooks Option for Microsoft 365 and Filevine Integrations

DENVER, Oct. 28, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SeeUnity – An Anaqua Company, the leading provider of Application Programming Interface (API)-based content integration and migration solutions for on-premise and cloud-based Enterprise Content Management applications, today announces the release of a significant Echo Content Synchronization (Echo) product enhancement supporting events-driven synchronization via webhooks. This capability is less resource intensive and expedites the notification of content and metadata changes from cloud-based systems to another application, delivering real-time data updates to users.

Echo is a robust content synchronization engine that enables organizations to securely connect and sync data between a document management system and other external applications via API. Echo can sync content and content changes in one direction or bi-directionally on an ongoing and scheduled basis, allowing users to collaborate and access up-to-date content anywhere.

Using webhooks provides an alternative method for syncing data between applications. Webhooks deliver data over the web as changes (events) happen, versus relying on numerous API call requests for changes. API rate limits are often found with cloud-based systems, causing delays and bottlenecks. For customers that require frequent, numerous, and timely data updates, this means they’ll receive the information much faster and more efficiently utilizing webhooks.

“A full Echo API scan is still run periodically to catch events that may have been missed for normally occurring situations, such as internet glitches, downed systems, or database errors,” commented Dan Hunsinger, CTO at SeeUnity. “The combination of webhooks, with the full scan safety net, creates a solid, efficient, and reliable integration.”

Gene D’Aversa, Sr. Director of Knowledge Management & Technology Innovation, IT Department Husch Blackwell: “The adoption of cloud-based applications in the industry continues to rise, and with that comes its own set of intricacies for system integration and content synchronization. SeeUnity invests in the product enhancements and functionalities that meet market challenges and help support enterprise agility. Over the years, we’ve partnered with SeeUnity in an effort to continually modernize and streamline our IT ecosystem, providing our users with more efficient processes. The ROI impact of leveraging these integrations is significant, ultimately benefits our customers, and contributes to our success.”

The Echo webhook sync option for Microsoft 365 and Filevine is immediately available. The capability is being expanded to other cloud-based systems.

About SeeUnity – An Anaqua Company

SeeUnity has led the way in providing API-based enterprise content integration and migration solutions for legal tech and beyond since 2004. We’ve helped over 500 customers and 30 global partners streamline workflow processes, enable secure collaboration, and maintain Information Governance. Our 30+ connectors support most ECM, CRM, IPM, collaboration, and file sharing systems. Now an Anaqua company, SeeUnity has an even greater ability to accommodate expanding IT ecosystem connectivity needs. New connectors under development include: HR, Legal Matter Management, and finance systems. For a complete list of connectors or additional information, please visit, Twitter @SeeUnity or LinkedIn.

Press Contact
Jo Becker, Director of Marketing, SeeUnity | +1 970 776-8318

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Sanitation and Water for All at COP26

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Sanitation and Water for All is a partner of the first-ever Water for Climate Pavilion at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The Pavilion, curated by 33 organizations, will highlight water’s critical role in transformative climate action and deliver cutting edge, science-based advice on mitigation and adaptation to climate decision-makers.

“90% of the problems caused by climate change are estimated to be water related, leading to droughts, floods, and other extreme weather events. We need decision-makers to prioritize the human rights above all other uses, and guarantee climate resilient water and sanitation strategies, plans, and budgets, especially for the most vulnerable and marginalized.” said Catarina de Albuquerque, CEO of the UN-hosted Sanitation and Water for All partnership. “The first-ever Water Pavilion is an unprecedented opportunity to align climate and water policies so that human rights are realized, climate risks are reduced, and there is more money available for adaptation. Let us seize this opportunity to work together and to deliver on our commitments – for the benefit of all.”

At COP26 and other key events and spaces, SWA partners are calling on Governments to:

  • Improve the efficient use of water resources and prioritize their allocation among competing uses in a way that gives priority to the realization of human rights
  • Ensure that marginalized groups, including women and children, gain access to running water, soap, and toilets for their health and dignity, which is a key part of building climate resilience
  • Work together with corporations and international financial institutions to speed up investment in climate-resilient water infrastructure and services – especially for countries in vulnerable situations

Virtual events from the Water Pavilion include:

Climate finance to support adaptation of basic services and build community resilience: water, sanitation and hygiene 

Tuesday 2 November, 9:00am GMT. More information here.

Policy, accountability & monitoring for climate resilient water, sanitation & hygiene: moving from commitment to progress 

Saturday 6 November, 11:30am GMT. More information here.

List of other Water Pavilion events.

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Le Rapport sur la sécurité 2021 de Sphera révèle que l’écart entre l’intention et la mise en œuvre des processus de sécurité au travail persiste

Les données du nouveau Rapport sur la sécurité de Sphera révèlent que même si la sécurité fait partie de leur culture, les entreprises ne disposent pas d’une feuille de route bien définie pour mettre en œuvre des mesures d’amélioration de la sécurité.

CHICAGO, 27 oct. 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Alors que la plupart des entreprises ont intégré la sécurité à leur culture d’entreprise, il existe encore des obstacles à surmonter pour améliorer leurs performances en matière de sécurité des processus et de sécurité personnelle, selon le nouveau Rapport sur la sécurité de Sphera.

Sphera®, un fournisseur mondial de premier plan de services de conseil, de données et de logiciels de gestion des risques et des performances environnementales, sociales et de gouvernance (ESG), a interrogé près de 350 professionnels des risques, de la sécurité des processus et de la santé et la sécurité. Les résultats montrent que si 75 % des personnes interrogées ont déclaré que la sécurité fait partie de la culture de leur entreprise, seules 40 % ont indiqué avoir mis en place une feuille de route bien définie en matière de performance de la sécurité.

La sécurité est le fondement de toute organisation forte et un élément clé de l’ESG. Selon le Rapport sur la sécurité de Sphera, la création d’une culture de la sécurité est tout aussi importante que la conformité, ce qui a eu un impact sur la hiérarchisation des facteurs de performance en matière de sécurité. Les répondants ont indiqué que les trois  principaux facteurs de performance en matière de sécurité sont la réduction de l’exposition aux risques opérationnels et aux risques d’accidents majeurs (MAH) (60 %), la conformité réglementaire (48 %) et la priorité de l’entreprise et du conseil d’administration (37 %).

La sensibilisation des employeurs aux dangers pour la sécurité de leur personnel a été accrue pendant la pandémie. Plus d’un quart (27 %) des répondants ont indiqué que l’adoption de processus centralisés de santé et de sécurité était en retard.

Pendant cinq ans, Sphera a produit le très attendu rapport sur la gestion de la sécurité des processus/la gestion des risques opérationnels (PSM/ORM) explorant les tendances de l’industrie en matière de sécurité des processus et de gestion des risques opérationnels. Cependant, avec le rapport 2021, Sphera a étendu le paysage global de la sécurité pour inclure également la santé et la sécurité. Alors que le secteur de la sécurité et de la santé au travail a subi de fortes pressions, les entreprises de tous les secteurs ont dû procéder à des ajustements structurels constants pour assurer la sécurité des travailleurs.

« La pandémie a mis en évidence la rapidité avec laquelle les processus de gestion de la sécurité et des risques peuvent être déséquilibrés. La sécurité sous tous ses aspects crée un modèle commercial résilient et durable, en particulier à une époque où les objectifs en matière d’ESG sont de la plus haute importance », a déclaré Paul Marushka, PDG de Sphera.« Une culture de la sécurité et un processus de sécurité efficaces contribuent à assurer une main-d’œuvre en bonne santé et des performances commerciales améliorées. Cependant, nous constatons toujours une lacune dans la façon dont les entreprises associent la sécurité et les performances commerciales, ce qui met en évidence la nécessité d’une approche plus holistique par le biais des données, des logiciels et de l’expertise. »

Informations supplémentaires :
L’enquête de cette année montre que 51 % des personnes interrogées signalent des ressources limitées, 43 % des priorités contradictoires et 31 % des budgets limités comme principaux obstacles à la fourniture de la maintenance et des inspections critiques prévues pour la sécurité, un résultat constant. Ces principaux indicateurs des problèmes sous-jacents empêchant les organisations d’améliorer leurs performances en matière de sécurité et de réduire le nombre d’incidents sont liés à l’écart entre l’intention de sécurité et sa mise en œuvre.

Le Rapport sur la sécurité de Sphera montre qu’il reste encore du travail à faire pour mettre en œuvre des pratiques de surveillance des risques qui maîtrisent l’ensemble des risques dans les silos organisationnels. En outre, un peu plus de la moitié (56 %) des répondants ont indiqué qu’ils continuent à suivre manuellement les garanties/obstacles critiques, tels que la perte du confinement et de l’intégrité structurelle, et 19 % seulement ont déclaré que ces garanties étaient surveillées en temps réel. Cela souligne davantage l’accent de plus en plus placé sur la gestion de la santé et de la sécurité (HSM) qui a émergé pendant la pandémie et la nécessité pour les organisations d’avoir une vision globale de la gestion de la sécurité et des risques.

À propos de l’enquête sur la sécurité
Sphera a interrogé 349 professionnels des risques, de la sécurité des processus, de la santé et de la sécurité issus d’une section transversale des industries du monde entier en vue d’évaluer leurs normes en matière de sécurité pour établir le Rapport sur la sécurité 2021. Les répondants provenaient de plusieurs industries mondiales, telles que la fabrication, le pétrole et le gaz, les produits chimiques/pétrochimiques, l’énergie, la construction, les services professionnels et le gouvernement.

À propos de Sphera
Sphera est un fournisseur mondial de premier plan de services de conseil, de données et de logiciels de gestion des risques et des performances environnementales, sociales et de gouvernance (ESG) mettant un accent tout particulier sur l’environnement, la santé, la sécurité et la durabilité (EHS&S), la gestion des risques opérationnels et la gestion des produits. Pour en savoir plus sur Sphera, rendez-vous sur Suivez Sphera sur LinkedIn.

Pour toute demande d’ordre médiatique ou pour demander une copie du rapport, veuillez contacter :
Denise Jones, responsable des communications marketing chez Sphera,