Atmosphere

UNFCCC Publishes Review of Australia's Fifth National Communication [viewed]

UNFCCC13 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report of the in-depth review of Australia's fifth national communication (NC5) (FCCC/IDR.5/AUS). The report covers the review of the NC5 coordinated by the UNFCCC Secretariat, in accordance with the guidelines for review under Article 8 of the Kyoto Protocol (decision 22/CMP.1).

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BASIC Countries Call for Focus on Implementation [viewed]

13 July 2012: The 11th BASIC Ministerial Meeting on Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a joint statement in which the leaders reaffirm that the Durban Platform (ADP) process and outcome shall be under the Convention, in full accordance with all its principles and provisions, in particular the principles of equity and common but differentiated responsibilities and respective capabilities.

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Montreal Protocol TEAP Releases Report on Alternatives to ODS [viewed]

May 2012: The Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer has released the second volume of its 2012 report, which consists of a task force report on Decision XXIII/9 titled “Additional Information on Alternatives to Ozone-Depleting Substances (ODS).” The report will be considered by the 32nd meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 32) scheduled to convene in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-27 July 2012.   

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Event: 48th Meeting of the Implementation Committee Under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting will consider issues of parties' compliance to the the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and prepare a report for the 24th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 24) scheduled to convene in Geneva, Switerland, in November 2012.  

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Event: 49th Meeting of the Implementation Committee under the Non-Compliance Procedure of the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The meeting will discuss issues related to parties' compliance with the provisions of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer and produce a report for consideration of the 24th session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP 24) scheduled to convene in Geneva, Switzerland, in November 2012.  

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Event: Advancing Ozone and Climate Protection Technologies: Next Steps [viewed]

This meeting is being co-sponsored by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the US Government, and the Alliance for Responsible Atmospheric Policy. Conference supporters are the European Commission and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition. The event will bring together industry, policymakers, environmental organizations, and academia to share information and expertise on various alternatives and approaches to ensure that the phase-out of CFCs and HCFCs is done in such as way as to limit the climate contribution of high global warming potential (GWP) materials.  

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EU-Central America Association Agreement Promotes Sustainable Development [viewed]

29 June 2012: The EU signed a comprehensive Association Agreement with six Central American countries, namely Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

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UNEP Releases Reports, Launches Initiative on Resource Efficient Cities [viewed]

UNEP18 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners unveiled the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities, a new initiative that aims to develop resource efficiency measures in order to achieve sustainable urban development around the world, and released two related reports.

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European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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UNEP Releases GEO-5 Results [viewed]

UNEP6 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the findings of the fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). GEO-5 assessed 90 environmental goals and objectives, and found that significant progress has been made in only four.

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