Chemicals & Wastes

UNIDO Continues Technical Training on Environmental Projects for CIS Countries [viewed]

UNIDO17 October 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a capacity building workshop for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on mitigating global environmental problems. The event provided 25 participants from the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Ecology of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine with tools to enhance the quality of project submissions to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: Arctic Council: Senior Arctic Officials Meeting [viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) of the Arctic Council will discuss progress toward the Council's priority objectives under Canada's chairmanship and review the Council's ongoing work. The SAOs will hear reports on and discuss, inter alia: the Arctic Contaminants Action Programme (ACAP) on the reduction of black carbon emissions from residential wood combustion; the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) on its assessments related to short-lived climate pollutants, human health, persistent organic pollutants, and radioactivity; the Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna (CAFF); the Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) group's work on revisions to the Arctic Marine Strategic Plan; the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG); and the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) group.  

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India, US Establish Strategic Partnership on Clean Energy and Climate Change [viewed]

india.us1 October 2014: The US and India have agreed to a series of sustainable energy and climate change joint measures under a new strategic partnership on energy security, clean energy and climate change. The announcement was made during the first bilateral summit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, which took place from 26-30 September in Washington DC, US.

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EEA Study on F-gases Reports Falling Net Supply, Increasing Imports [viewed]

EEA29 September 2014: A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that, in 2013, the net supply of fluorinated gases (F-gases) in the EU fell by 1.4% measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). While production of the gases decreased, imports increased by 12%. An EU regulation on F-gases, applied from 2015 onwards, will aim to reduce related emissions by two-thirds from 2010 levels, by 2030.

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UNGA General Debate 2014 Addresses Climate Agreement, Financing, SIDS [viewed]

United Nations27 September 2014: During days three and four of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) General Debate 2014, many speakers addressed climate change. Speakers focused on international and national action, including transitions to renewable energy, and financing. Small island developing States (SIDS) particularly urged action, emphasizing they are already experiencing adverse effects on food and water security, biodiversity and oceans.

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CCAC High-Level Assembly Considers Five-Year Strategic Vision, Extends Mandate [viewed]

CCAC High-Level Assembly22 September 2014: The fifth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) considered the Coalition's five-year strategic vision and discussed five statements on short-lived climate pollutants to be presented during the UN Climate Summit.

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CCAC Report Urges Immediate Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

CCAC19 September 2014: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has released a report, titled ‘Time to Act – To reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).' The report details the causes and sources of SLCPs, and outlines the potential benefits of control measures.

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On Ozone Day, UN Highlights Urgency of Climate Challenge [viewed]

2014 International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer16 September 2014: The UN Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on 16 September 2014. The UN marked this year's Day under the theme ‘Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On.'

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Event: 73rd Executive Committee Meeting for the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting will conven back-to-back with the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP 26).  

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UNEP, WMO Assessment Finds Ozone Layer Could Recover to 1980 Levels [viewed]

unep-wmo10 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have released the ‘Assessment for Decision-Makers,' a summary of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, which was prepared and reviewed by 282 scientists from 36 countries. The Assessment finds that, as a result of the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 benchmark levels.

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