Chemicals & Wastes

InforMEA Releases Explanatory Video [viewed]

InforMEAJune 2015: InforMEA, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-led project of the Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEA) Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, has released a video explaining the key functions of InforMEA.

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council [viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies. A CSO Consultation will take place the day before the Council meeting.  

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GEF Council Approves Largest Proposed Work Program in History of GEF Financing [viewed]

Participants at the 48th meeting of the GEF Council 4 June 2015: The 48th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council adopted the largest proposed Work Program in the history of GEF financing, involving a total of US$709 million of GEF Trust Fund resources, plus an indicative amount of US$4.81 billion in co-financing. The Work Program encompasses Integrated Approach Pilots (IAPs) on sustainable cities, food security in sub-Saharan Africa, and taking deforestation out of commodity supply chains, as well as other projects and programs.

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GEF Council Consultation with CSOs Discusses CSO Engagement, Knowledge Management [viewed]

iisdrs_gef1 June 2015: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 100 participants to focus on three topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; strengthening CSO engagement in the GEF; and knowledge management in the GEF. Just after the close of the consultation, the first meeting of the new Working Group on Implementation of the GEF Public Involvement Policy (PIP) convened, involving members of the GEF CSO Network, the GEF Secretariat and the GEF Council. The day-long CSO Consultation took place immediately before the 48th meeting of the GEF Council, which will convene at the same venue from 2-4 June 2015.

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UNEP Annual Report 2014 Highlights “Crucial Crossroads” for Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNEPMay 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) released its annual report for 2014, highlighting its policy and research work in support of decision making on sustainable development. The year's work included analyses of: emissions cuts required to limit global temperature rise to two degrees Celcius (2°C); financing needs for adaptation to climate change; and ecosystems as drivers of economic growth.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code [viewed]

IMO15 May 2015: The 68th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has adopted the environmental part of the Polar Code, which is the international code of safety for ships operating in waters surrounding the Earth's poles. MEPC also adopted the relevant amendments under the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL) to make the Code mandatory.

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Event: United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder

forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015. The session will address UNEP's contributions to the United

Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. It will also inform participants

about the implementation of key decisions from the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), including resolutions regarding air quality, chemicals with a focus on lead in paint, and illegal trade in wildlife.  

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WMO/UNEP Provides Updated Information on Ozone Layer [viewed]

unep-wmo5 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have published ‘Twenty Questions and Answers About the Ozone Layer,' which complements the 2014 Scientific Assessment Report of Ozone Depletion. The publication aims to enhance understanding regarding the relationship between ozone depletion, ozone-depleting substances (ODSs) and the Montreal Protocol. Many of the questions and answers are updated versions of those presented in previous Ozone Assessments, and some have been elaborated upon, to address emerging issues.

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 35 Agrees to Work Intersessionally on HFC Management [viewed]

iisdrrs_owg3524 April 2015: The 35th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 35) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer concluded with Parties' agreement to continue to work intersessionally in an informal manner to study the feasibility and ways of managing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). This work will aim to initiate contact group discussions on the feasibility and ways of managing HFCs, at OEWG 36.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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