Chemicals & Wastes

GEF Council Evaluates Reducing Fees, Discusses Private Sector Engagement [viewed]

10 November 2011: During its 41st meeting, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved its work programme for the next year and initiated the search for a new CEO. The work programme includes 40 project concepts and nine programmatic approaches, including 11 for the biodiversity focal area, eight on climate change, two on international waters, 23 on land degradation, and five on persistent organic pollutants (POPs).

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Guest Article #68: The Importance of Standards for Green ICT…and the World [viewed]

Nothing defines our era more than Information and Communication Technology (ICT). It is central to every facet of modern life and yet, despite its all-encompassing application, remains on the fringes of debates concerning climate change and sustainable development. ITU, however, remains committed to its view that ICT has an essential role to play in efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. 

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Study for UNEP Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles Identifies Multi-Trillion Dollar Benefits [viewed]

27 October 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Partnership for Clean Fuels and Vehicles (PCFV) has announced a new study titled the “Global Benefits of Phasing Out Leaded Fuel.” The results of the study were outlined at the PCFV Global Partnership Meeting, which convened from 26-27 October 2011, in Nairobi, Kenya.

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CDM Methodologies Panel Calls for Public Inputs on Draft Methodologies [viewed]

UNFCCC14 October 2011: The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Methodologies Panel (Meth Panel) has launched calls for public inputs on two draft revised methodologies: Consolidated baseline and monitoring methodology for landfill gas project activities; and Baseline methodology for bus rapid transit projects.

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POPs Review Committee Adopts 12 Decisions, Sets Up Working Groups for Emerging Issues [viewed]

14 October 2011: The seventh meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee (POPRC 7) of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) addressed a number of emerging concerns, in addition to reviewing substances nominated for listing in the Stockholm Convention's annexes, and established intersessional working groups to address the emerging issues that go beyond the Committee's usual scope.

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Event: GEF 42nd Council Meeting [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It functions as an independent board of directors, with primary responsibility for developing, adopting, and evaluating GEF programmes. Council members representing 32 constituencies (16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with transitional economies) meet for three days, twice each year.  

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Event: GEF 41st Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council is the main governing body of the GEF. It functions as an independent board of directors, with primary responsibility for developing, adopting, and evaluating GEF programs. Council members representing 32 constituencies (16 from developing countries, 14 from developed countries, and two from countries with transitional economies) meet twice each year for three days.  

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Eastern Partnership Summit Discusses Green Economy [viewed]

30 September 2011: The Heads of State or Government and representatives of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine, the EU and its member States met in Warsaw, Poland, on 29-30 September 2011, to renew their commitment to the objectives and continued implementation of the Eastern Partnership, including on the green economy, climate change and energy. 

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European Parliament Makes Recommendations for EU Position at Rio+20 [viewed]

29 September 2011: The European Parliament has adopted a resolution on developing a common EU position ahead of the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20), outlining its views on the concept of the green economy and desired outcomes of the Conference.

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ITU Agrees on Methodologies to Assess the Environmental Impact of ICTs [viewed]

28 September 2011: A recent meeting of the lead study group on information and communication technologies (ICTs) and climate change of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)'s Telecommunication Standardization Sector has adopted a globally-recognized set of methodologies to assess the environmental impact of ICTs.

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