Atmosphere

Achim Steiner to Head UNEP until June 2016 [viewed]

Achim Steiner7 March 2014: The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has re-elected Achim Steiner to an additional two-year term as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), following a nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 25 February 2014 (A/68/770). 

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UNEP OzonAction Issues Manual for Customs, Enforcement Officers [viewed]

ozoneactionFebruary 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Branch has released the third edition of the Training Manual for Customs and Enforcement Officers. The latest edition, which is titled 'Saving the Ozone Layer: Phasing Out Ozone Depleting Substances in Developing Countries,' includes a focus on hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs), which are being phased out under the Protocol but are commonly used as both refrigerants and foam blowing agents.

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OzonAction Releases Publication on Phasing out Methyl Bromide [viewed]

UNEP23 February 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) OzonAction Branch has released a publication to promote south-south cooperation, addressing efforts to phase-out methyl bromide in developing countries, as well as challenges remaining. 

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US-China Issue Joint Statement on Climate Change [viewed]

china_us_flag15 February 2014: US Secretary of State John Kerry has traveled to Beijing, China, where he met government officials to, inter alia, highlight the importance of US-China collaboration on climate change and clean energy. At the conclusion of his meetings, the two sides issued a joint statement on climate change.

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C40 Mayors Summit Demonstrates Cities Leading on Climate Change [viewed]

c40summit7 February 2014: The fifth biennial C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40) Mayors Summit, which was held for the first time in Africa, brought together C40 mayors from around the world to advance urban solutions to global climate change through individual efforts, as well as international engagement and cooperation.

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World Economic Forum Session Focuses on Short Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC24 January 2014: During the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, leaders from business, government, civil society and the UN met to discuss short-lived climate pollutants and how to work together to reduce their emissions, including through the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC).

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Ministerial Summit Renews GEO's Mandate [viewed]

geox17 January 2014: The Group on Earth Observations' (GEO) Tenth Plenary Session (GEO-X) and Geneva Ministerial Summit renewed GEO's mandate and launched the process for the development of a second 10-Year Implementation Plan for the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to cover 2015-2025.

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Event: 34th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting is expected to consider issues in advance of the Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol. This meeting will be preceded by a Workshop on

Hydrofluorocarbon Management, on 11-12 July.  

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Event: Joint 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

MOP 26 is scheduled to consider a several issues, including nominations for critical- and essential-use exemptions and other draft decisions forwarded from the OEWG.  

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Event: 48th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The Global Environmental Facility (GEF) Council meets twice per year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas, and to provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.  

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