Chemicals & Wastes

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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MERCOSUR Leaders Discuss Sustainable Development Post-Rio+20 [viewed]

29 June 2012: The Presidents of the Southern Cone Common Market (MERCOSUR) Member States have issued a declaration addressing sustainable development, climate change, global mercury negotiations and mining. The leaders were meeting during a semi-annual summit, held on 29 June 2012, in Mendoza, Argentina. Immediately thereafter, a summit with the Associate States of Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru adopted two additional declarations.

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Event: Second ITU Green Standards Week [viewed]

This event is being organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and TechAmerica Europe, and will be hosted by Microsoft. The aim of the event is to raise awareness of the importance and opportunities of using information and communication technology (ICT) standards to build a green economy. The week will include: a Forum on Greener Smarter Better Cities to be organized by ITU and the European Commission; a Forum on Boosting Smart Grids through Energy Efficient ICT to be organized by ITU; a Forum on Mapping E-Waste to Address Future Challenges to be jointly organized by ITU, the UN University (UNU) and CEDARE; a Forum on Greening the ICT Supply Chain to be jointly organized by ITU, UNU and CEDARE; a High Level Segment on Greening the Economy through ICT Standards to be jointly organized by ITU, TechAmerica Europe and Microsoft; a Forum on Environmental Sustainability for the ICT Sector to be jointly organized by ITU and ETNO; an Information and Training Session on ITU Methodologies for Environmental Impact Assessment of ICT to be organized by ITU and GeSI; and a session on Submarine Communications Networks For Climate Monitoring and Disaster Warning to be organized by ITU, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).  

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UNIDO's Making It Magazine Highlights the Need for Sustainable Consumption [viewed]

July 2012: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has published the latest issue of its quarterly newsletter, “Making It: Industry for Development,” with a focus on the theme “The Health of Nations.” The issue considers linkages between productive activities and health concerns.

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