Chemicals & Wastes

GEF Holds Second Meeting of the GEF-6 Replenishment [viewed]

GEF11 September 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) convened the second meeting of the negotiations for the sixth replenishment of the GEF, bringing together representatives from 29 donor countries, four non-donor recipient countries, civil society, GEF agencies, Trustee, the Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP), the Evaluation Office and the Secretariat.

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UNEP, INTOSAI-WGEA Sign MOU to Track Progress in MEA Implementation [viewed]

unep-intosai9 September 2013: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has signed a Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with the International Organization of Supreme Audit Institutions - Working Group on Environmental Auditing (INTOSAI-WGEA). The MOU aims to track progress in implementing multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) covering climate change, biodiversity and hazardous waste.

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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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World Water Week 2013 Calls for Dedicated SDG on Water [viewed]

world-water-week6 September 2013: World Water Week concluded with the presentation by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI) of the Stockholm Statement, which calls for a dedicated Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on water. The statement will be presented as input to the UN General Assembly (UNGA) when it convenes in September 2013.

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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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Event: Basel COP 12, Rotterdam COP 7 and Stockholm COP 7 [viewed]

The 12th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the Basel Convention, seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention, and seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention are expected to convene back-to-back in May 2015.  

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Event: Seventh Meeting of the Open Working Group on SDGs (OWG 7) [viewed]

The seventh session of the UN General Assembly's (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place from 6-10 January 2014, in New York, US. OWG 7 is expected to discuss: Sustainable cities and human settlements, sustainable transport (2 days); Sustainable consumption and production (including chemicals and waste) (1.5 days); and Climate change and disaster risk reduction (1.5 days).  

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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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