Chemicals & Wastes

UNEP Clean Air Coalition Announces Global Outreach Competition [viewed]

3 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs) launched a contest to improve outreach on SLCPs. The competition is open to young people between 12-25 years of age.

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UNEP Announces Winners of World Environment Day Challenge [viewed]

UNEP2 August 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the five winners of the World Environment Day (WED) Challenge 2012. UNEP announced winners from Kenya, Colombia, Australia, India and Bangladesh, who will each win a fuel-efficient car.

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Montreal Protocol OEWG 32 Concludes Without Agreement on HFCs [viewed]

27 July 2012: The 32nd meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 32) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) considered two proposals to amend the Montreal Protocol related to hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs): the first by the Federated States of Micronesia; and the second by the US, Canada and Mexico. Parties were unable to reach consensus on establishing a contact group on the proposals.

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Central Asia [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) will hold an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Central Asia, including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the Russian Federation as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat, and GEF Agencies, as well as focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to explain and discuss GEF support for environment-related activities.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for West Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for West Africa, as part of the GEF Country Support Programme, including participants from Benin, Cote D'Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Sierra leone, Guinea and Togo. The workshop will bring together representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies, with focal points of the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemicals conventions to discuss activities with global environmental benefits. Civil society organizations are invited to register at the meeting website.  

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Event: GEF Expanded Constituency Workshop for Southern Africa [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) is holding an Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) for Southern Africa as part of the GEF Country Support Programme. The workshop will invite focal points from the biodiversity, desertification, climate change, and chemical conventions to meet with representatives from civil society, the GEF Secretariat and GEF Agencies. Participants are expected from Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Zambia.  

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Climate and Clean Air Coalition Welcomes Four New Partners [viewed]

25 July 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has reported that the Governments of Denmark, Finland and Jordan have joined the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC). In addition, the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) has become the first research institute to become a Coalition partner.

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CEC Ministerial Meeting Updates Submission on Enforcement Matters Process [viewed]

11 July 2012: The Council of the North American Commission on Environmental Cooperation (CEC) has adopted new guidelines for submissions regarding the CEC's public Submission on Enforcement Matters (SEM) process, and instructed the CEC Secretariat to undertake new initiatives, including on short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs), e-waste and clean energy.

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EU Releases New List of LIFE Programme Projects [viewed]

20 July 2012: The EU has issued a list of new projects funded by the LIFE Programme, which is the primary fiscal instrument the EU uses to fund environment and conservation projects contributing over €2.5 billion to over 3500 projects since its inception in 1992. The newly funded projects cover, inter alia: biodiversity and endangered species conservation; waste management and recycling; ecosystem and habitat conservation; water systems; adaptation to climate change; greenhouse gas (GHG) mitigation; renewable energy and energy efficiency; air pollution; green transportation; soil degradation; and oceans and coasts.

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

18 July 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has released the report of the centralized review of the 2011 annual submission of Australia (FCCC/ARR/2011/AUS). The report finds that total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions increased by 30.4% between 1990 and 2009.

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