Chemicals & Wastes

Event: Global Oceans Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth [viewed]

The Global Ocean Action Summit for Food Security and Blue Growth, organized by the Government of the Netherlands and the World Bank, is meant to "seal major deals for worldwide action" addressing the threats to the health and productivity of oceans. The meeting aims to mobilize financial and technical support for attaining established goals under the Global Partnership for Oceans (GPO). It will also host the first official assembly of GPO partners, and will mark the implementation phase of the GPO. In addition, a report indicating priority areas and regions for action will be launched by the GPO Blue Ribbon Panel, an independent group of ocean experts. Attendance is by invitation only. The Summit was originally scheduled to take place in September 2013. The Summit will highlight the need to address the next frontier of successful integrated approaches that attract public-private partners, secure financing and catalyze good ocean governance while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between growth and conservation, private sector interests and equitable benefits for communities and Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs) and Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (ABNJ) policy frameworks.  

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Meeting of the EC Environment Council Discusses Biofuels Policy, Genetic Resources [viewed]

21 March 2013: The first Environment Council of the European Commission under the Irish Presidency, held on 21 March 2013, included policy debates on: the European Commission's proposal to minimize the climate change impacts of biofuels; proposed changes to the directive on environmental impact assessments; and access and benefit sharing of genetic resources.

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Event: First Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of GEF Resources (GEF-6) [viewed]

The First Meeting of the Sixth Replenishment of GEF Resources (GEF-6) is scheduled to take place at the World Bank European Office, in Paris, France, from 3-4 April 2013.  

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UNFCCC Releases Poland's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

18 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Poland (FCCC/ARR/2012/POL), which indicates that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of this country decreased by 28.8% between 1990 and 2010.

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GEF Holds Workshop on Monitoring, Capacity Building in Western Sahel [viewed]

GEF14 March 2013: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has completed a three-day Expanded Capacity Workshop (ECW) for the West African Sahel, bringing together focal points from the GEF, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Discusses Implementation of Municipal Solid Waste Initiative [viewed]

12 March 2013: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) convened a meeting in Vancouver, Canada, to consider ways to reduce short-lived climate pollutant (SLCP) emissions like black carbon, methane, and hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), from solid waste.

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UNFCCC Publishes Liechtenstein's GHG Inventory Review Report [viewed]

11 March 2013: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2012 annual submission of Liechtenstein (FCCC/ARR/2012/LIE), which states that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 1.1% between 1990 and 2010.

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EEA Report Assesses Environmental Pressures from Consumption and Production [viewed]

EEA4 March 2013: In a new report analyzing environmental pressures from production and consumption, the European Environment Agency (EEA) argues that the EU's environmental goals cannot be reached without increased technology improvements, structural economic changes, and behavioral changes.

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CEO Ishii Discusses GEF Role in Transformational Change [viewed]

27 February 2013: Naoko Ishii, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Global Environment Facility (GEF), noted the importance of a dialogue with the next generation of leaders regarding the GEF's role in transformational change during an address at the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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New Zealand Supports SPREP's Biodiversity, Climate Change and Waste Projects [viewed]

SPREP25 February 2013: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced that it has signed a funding agreement with the Government of New Zealand for NZD4.5 million. The funding package will support programmes in Pacific Countries to improve the management of solid waste, protect biodiversity and encourage economic development through ecotourism, and assist Pacific countries in responding to climate change.

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