Atmosphere

G20 Leaders Adopt Declaration, Action Plan [viewed]

G20 RUSSIA9 September 2013: The Group of 20 (G20) held its annual Leaders' Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, to work towards strengthening economic growth and creating jobs. The resulting G20 Leaders' Declaration addresses: enhancing trade, financial regulation and consumer protection; promoting development for all, including through attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the post-2015 development agenda; sustainable energy policy; and combating climate change.

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UN Appoints New Heads of Ozone Secretariat, Multilateral Fund [viewed]

Ozone Secretariat6 September 2013: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has appointed new heads to the Secretariat of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer and its Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (the Ozone Secretariat) and its financial mechanism, the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF).

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CCAC Commits to Scaling Up Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC3 September 2013: Members of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) met for the third meeting of the High Level Assembly, adopting a Communiqué reiterating their commitment to address near-term climate change, improve air quality and public health, and strengthen food and energy security, by taking urgent action to reduce emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) like black carbon, methane, tropospheric ozone, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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WCO Report Reviews Compliance under Trade-Related MEAs [viewed]

wco28 June 2013: The World Customs Organization (WCO) released its annual Illicit Trade Report, which for the first time presents information across five thematic areas in one publication and recognizes the linkages among illicit trade in different commodities. Among its six chapters, the Report features an Environment Section that reviews compliance with the main multi-lateral environment agreements (MEAs) with international trade-related provisions.

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World Bank Report Identifies Ways to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

World Bank3 September 2013: The World Bank has released a report, titled 'Integration of Short-Lived Climate Pollutants in World Bank Activities,' which highlights that the reduction of short-lived climate pollutants (SLCP), including black carbon, methane and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), brings immediate benefits for health, agriculture and climate change mitigation.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Discuss HFC Issues [viewed]

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28 June 2013: At the 33rd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 33) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, delegates discussed the organization of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and initiated formal discussions on the financial, legal and technical issues associated with managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

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Ozone Secretariat Releases Paper that Proposes Including Ozone in SDGs [viewed]

25 Montreal Protocol21 June 2013: The Ozone Secretariat has released an information document, titled 'Embedding ozone protection in the sustainable development agenda,' that reviews historical and current sustainable development processes, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), introduces initiatives under way to articulate a new development agenda, including on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and discusses the role of ozone in future SDGs.

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Event: 46th GEF Council Meeting and GEF Assembly [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Assembly will be held back-to-back with the 46th GEF Council meeting in Mexico. A report on the host city, Cancún, was considered at the 45th Council meeting in November 2013. The CSO Consultation, GEF Council and LDCF/SCCF Council Meetings will convene from 25-27 May, with the Council meeting beginning on 25 May and overlapping for half a day, on 27 May, with the CSO Consultation. The Assembly will convene from 28-30 May. All 183 member nations, including South Sudan – the GEF's newest member – will gather for the Assembly. The GEF Council meets twice a year, while the Assembly meets every four years to take major decisions, including endorsement of the next four-year GEF replenishment package.  

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UNIDO Technology Summit Discusses Leapfrogging High-GWP Refrigerants [viewed]

UNIDO4 June 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with market development company Shecco, convened the ATMOsphere Technology Summit, which brought together 150 representatives from developing and developed countries who explored the possibilities of leapfrogging high global warming substances in the Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning, Refrigeration (HVAC&R) and foam sectors.

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World Health Assembly Calls for New Workplan on Climate Change and Health [viewed]

WHO28 May 2013: The 66th meeting of the World Health Assembly adopted 24 resolutions and five decisions, including a resolution on health and climate change. Delegates considered the impacts of increasing risks of weather-related extremes on both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

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