Chemicals & Wastes

Climate and Clean Air Coalition Sets Priorities for 2013 [viewed]

7 April 2013: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) held a Working Group meeting to set its priority areas, goals and key milestones for 2013, including actions to reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), which have been identified as one of the greatest hazards to human health.

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UNDP, Colombia Collaborate to Eliminate HCFC Use [viewed]

UNDP2 April 2013: A joint initiative between the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Government of Colombia has eliminated the use of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC), an ozone depleting substance (ODS), in Colombia's domestic refrigerator manufacturing industry, replacing them with cyclopentane, a cost effective, flammable hydrocarbon that has low global warming potential (GWP).

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Event: 69th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

During this meeting, members of the Executive Committee for the Multilateral Fund (MLF) will discuss, among other issues: status of contributions and disbursements; the MLF 2013-2015 business plan; programme implementation; project proposals; and the recruitment process for the new Chief Officer of the MLF.  

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UNEP and St. Kitts and Nevis Host Caribbean Ozone Officers Meeting [viewed]

UNEP20 March 2013: The Government of St. Kitts and Nevis and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC) hosted a discussion of the successes and challenges involved with implementing Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFC) Phase out Management Plans under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer.

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Event: 33rd Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting will consider issues related to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol in preparation for the 25th Meeting of the Parties (MOP25) scheduled to convene in November 2013.  

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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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