Chemicals & Wastes

International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV Holds NAMAs Workshop in Costa Rica [viewed]

18 October 2012: The International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measuring, Reporting and Verification) held its fourth technical workshop in Costa Rica to help that country realize its goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2021.

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UNECE/FAO Forest Newsletter Highlights Wood Energy Impacts and Data Reliability [viewed]

UNECEOctober 2012: The latest Forest Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) focuses attention on two workshops on the impacts of wood energy use and wood energy data reliability, as well as their Joint Wood Energy Enquiry, which provides information on the origin and amount of wood energy consumption.

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African Policy-Makers Discuss Options to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

22 September 2012: As part of the work of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), African policy-makers, environmental experts, and industry stakeholders met to discuss options for reducing emissions from SLCPs.

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IMO's Environment Committee Considers Energy Efficiency, Ballast Water Management and Ship Recycling [viewed]

IMO9 October 2012: The 64th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) addressed issues related to energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling. The session also led to the establishment of a new Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the Saba Bank, in the north-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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UNW-DPAC Publishes Review of UN Publications on Water [viewed]

September 2012: The UN-Water Decade Programme on Advocacy and Communication (UNW-DPAC) published its bimonthly publications review, highlighting UN publications on water from June, July and August that address a variety of issues, including green accounting and sustainable development, water and food security, and water security.

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Event: 64th Session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) [viewed]

The Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) will meet for its 64th session in London, UK, from 1-5 October 2012. Among other items, the MEPC will consider: matters relating to the implementation of energy efficiency, ballast water management and ship-recycling regulations; the designation of a Particularly Sensitive Sea Area (PSSA) in the North-eastern Caribbean area of the Kingdom of the Netherlands; market-based measures to address the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs); the availability of fuel oil to meet air pollution requirements; guidelines for the recycling of ships; and sewage treatment plant guidelines.  

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FAO Launches Energy from Biomass Project in Argentina [viewed]

FAO25 September 2012: The Government of Argentina and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have signed an agreement for a three-year project that seeks to triple biomass as a share of the Argentinian national energy balance by converting forest wastes, animal excreta and crop wastes into biogas and other forms of bioenergy.

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EU, China Partner to Promote the Transition to a Low Carbon Economy [viewed]

20 September 2012: Andris Piebalgs, European Commissioner for Development, and Chinese Minister of Commerce Chen Deming have signed an agreement to help finance efforts to reach environmental, energy- and carbon-intensity targets. The agreement will contribute to reducing Chinese greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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AMCEN 14 Adopts Arusha Declaration on Africa's Post-Rio Strategy [viewed]

14 September 2012: African Environment Ministers and government ministers, at the conclusion of the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment (AMCEN), adopted the Arusha Declaration on Africa's Post Rio+20 Strategy for Sustainable Development - a compendium of decisions and programmes aiming to advance the sustainable development agenda in Africa.

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UNEP Executive Director Commits to Increased Assistance to Africa at AMCEN [viewed]

UNEP12 September 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner addressed African ministers attending the 14th session of the African Ministerial Conference for the Environment (AMCEN), convening from 7-14 September 2012, in Arusha, Tanzania. Steiner underscored UNEP's commitment to assist African States in making the transition to a Green Economy, negotiating a new climate treaty, building awareness on chemicals and hazardous wastes, and improving the management of drylands.

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