Chemicals & Wastes

GEF Launches Review of its Effectiveness [viewed]

GEF19 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Evaluation Office has launched a book titled "The Journey to Rio: Gathering Evidence on Expectations for the GEF." Under the e-book format, the review evaluates to what extent the GEF has met the expectations expressed on the eve of the Earth Summit in 1992. 

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UNEP Releases Reports, Launches Initiative on Resource Efficient Cities [viewed]

UNEP18 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and partners unveiled the Global Initiative for Resource-Efficient Cities, a new initiative that aims to develop resource efficiency measures in order to achieve sustainable urban development around the world, and released two related reports.

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European Commission Launches Search for European Green Capital 2015 [viewed]

15 June 2012: The European Commission has initiated the search for the city that will win the title European Green Capital 2015. The title is awarded to a city that serves as a role model for others by providing environmentally-friendly urban living that is “fit for life.”

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OECD, UNECE, World Bank Hold Workshop on Green Urban Development [viewed]

UNECE14 June 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), held a workshop to discuss Compact Cities: A Model for Sustainable Urban Development and Green Growth.

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European Environment Ministers Discuss 7th Action Programme [viewed]

11 June 2012: The European Environment Ministers met in the Environment Council to adopt conclusions on setting the framework for the 7th EU Environment Action Programme (EAP) and on preparations for key biodiversity and climate meetings, among other items.

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GEF Council Meeting Approves Largest Work Program to Date [viewed]

After the GEF Council unanimously decided to appoint Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the next GEF CEO/Chairperson, she greeted the Council and current CEO/Chairperson Monique Barbut.7 June 2012: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved a Work Program of 84 projects and two programmatic approaches amounting to US$667.26 million in GEF project grants, and appointed Naoko Ishii (Japan) as the GEF's new Chairperson and CEO.

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Oceans Day Celebrates 30th Anniversary of UNCLOS [viewed]

8 June 2012: World Oceans Day, celebrated on 8 June 2012, featured a panel discussion to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the opening for signature of the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS). The Day aims to raise global awareness of the current challenges faced by the international community in connection with oceans.

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EEA Calls for Increased Resource Efficiency [viewed]

EEA7 June 2012: The European Environment Agency (EEA) has released a report titled “Material Resources and Waste,” which finds that 20-30% of the resources consumed within the EU are produced beyond its borders. International trade, the report finds, allows EU consumption and production to impact ecosystems and human health across the globe.

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UNEP Releases GEO-5 Results [viewed]

UNEP6 June 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the findings of the fifth edition of the Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-5) on the eve of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). GEO-5 assessed 90 environmental goals and objectives, and found that significant progress has been made in only four.

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ITU Symposium Adopts Declaration on ICTs for Climate Change and Sustainable Development [viewed]

5 June 2012: The 7th International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Symposium on Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), the Environment and Climate Change concluded with the adoption of a Declaration calling on world leaders and other stakeholders attending the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20) to reach agreement on how to use ICTs to achieve the global green agenda.

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