Atmosphere

UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Launches Brick Production Initiative [viewed]

4 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has launched an initiative aimed at reducing emissions of black carbon, toxics and other pollutants released through traditional brick production. 

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Event: Better Air Quality 2012 [viewed]

Better Air Quality (BAQ) 2012 is organized by the Clean Air Initiative for Asian Cities, the Hong Kong Environmental Protection Department, and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, in partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the World Bank. The theme of BAQ 2012 is “Growing Cities, Healthy Cities,” reflecting the need in Asia to create livable cities with blue skies, a low carbon footprint, green buildings and spaces, and transport systems that embrace public transport, walking and cycling.  

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes Five New NGO Partners [viewed]

27 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Clean Air Task Force (CATF), ClimateWorks Foundation, the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development (IGSD), the International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI), and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) have joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).

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ADB Releases Key Asia and Pacific Statistics, Underscores Need to Go Green [viewed]

ADB15 August 2012: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has released its annual flagship statistical publication, titled “Key Indicators for Asia and the Pacific 2012.” The publication, which includes a special chapter on Green Urbanization in Asia, examines the challenges and opportunities associated with the region's urban boom, detailing measures required to transform cities into sustainable centres of growth.

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GEF's Greenline Newsletter Introduces New CEO [viewed]

August 2012: The latest issue of The Greenline newsletter of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) introduces the new GEF CEO and Chairperson, Naoko Ishii, as well as reports on recent climate change initiatives.

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UNEP Clean Air Coalition Announces Global Outreach Competition [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) launched a contest to improve outreach on SLCPs. The competition is open to young people between 12-25 years of age.

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 32 Concludes Without Agreement on HFCs [viewed]

27 July 2012: The 32nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 32) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) considered two proposals to amend the Montreal Protocol related to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): the first by the Federated States of Micronesia; and the second by the US, Canada and Mexico. Parties were unable to reach consensus on establishing a contact group on the proposals.

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes Four New Partners [viewed]

25 July 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that the Governments of Denmark, Finland and Jordan have joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). In addition, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has become the first research institute to become a Coalition partner.

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CEC Ministerial Meeting Updates Submission on Enforcement Matters Process [viewed]

11 July 2012: The Council of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has adopted new guidelines for submissions regarding the CEC's public Submission on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, and instructed the CEC Secretariat to undertake new initiatives, including on short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), e-waste and clean energy.

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