Chemicals & Wastes

UNEP Preparing Draft Medium-Term Strategy [viewed]

UNEP30 January 2012: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has circulated a draft of its Medium-Term Strategy (MTS) 2014-2017 to organizations accredited to UNEP. The MTS is intended to guide the work of UNEP for the four-year period and provide a framework for measuring progress, achievements and results.

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Third Intergovernmental Review Meeting on the GPA Adopts Manila Declaration [viewed]

27 January 2012: The Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) of the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA) concluded with the adoption of the Manila Declaration on Furthering the Implementation of the GPA, and of the GPA's Programme of Work 2012-1016. These outcomes will be forwarded for consideration and adoption by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Governing Council at its 12th Special Session.

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UN Staff Supports Removing Bottled Water from Canteens [viewed]

27 January 2012: The UN Greening the Blue Campaign has released the results of its staff survey, with 78% of respondents reported to have indicated that staff canteens in UN offices should not sell bottled water.

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GLOC Forwards Recommendations to IGR-3 [viewed]

24 January 2012: The Global Conference on Land-Ocean Connections (GLOC) took place immediately prior to the Third Intergovernmental Review (IGR-3) on the Implementation of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-Based Activities (GPA), in order to provide recommendations to the IGR-3.

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Inter-agency Report Focuses on the Green Economy in Marine Sectors [viewed]

25 January 2012: An inter-agency report, titled "Green Economy in a Blue World," concludes that the ecological health and economic productivity of marine and coastal ecosystems can be enhanced from well-managed marine sectors.

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SPREP Issues First Fact Sheet on Building MEA Capacity in PICs [viewed]

South Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP)January 2012: The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has issued the first fact sheet in a series titled "Building MEA Capacity for Pacific Island Countries." The document is part of an EU project on “Capacity Building Related to Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) in African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Countries”.

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UNECE to Adopt New Emissions Ceilings for Buses and Trucks [viewed]

UNECE19 January 2012: The Working Party on Pollution and Energy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) approved a proposal for an amendment to Regulation No. 49, providing for more stringent emission requirements for heavy duty vehicle engines.

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IDB Approves New Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Fund [viewed]

IDB13 January 2012: The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a US$30 million loan for the Emerging Energy Latin America Fund II, which is designed to support the private sector as a driving force in clean technologies and renewable energy deployment in the region.

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Landfill Fuels Electricity in Peru [viewed]

World Bank6 January 2012: The World Bank has inaugurated an energy plant in Peru, fueled by a landfill in the Peruvian desert, which will supply energy to the national grid and generate carbon credits.

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UNFCCC Publishes the Czech Republic's GHG Inventory Report [viewed]

6 January 2012: The UNFCCC Secretariat has published the report (FCCC/ARR/2011/CZE) of the individual review of the annual submission of the Czech Republic submitted in 2011, according to which, in 2009, carbon dioxide accounted for 84.9% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the Czech Republic.

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