Chemicals & Wastes

Multilateral Fund Approves Funding for HCFC Phase-Out in 39 Countries [viewed]

15 April 2011: The Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol (MLF) convened for its 63rd meeting in Montreal, Canada, from 4-8 April 2011. The meeting committed over US$40 million to phase-out approximately 400 tons of hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) in 39 developing countries.

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Event: E-environment Day at World Summit on Information Society Forum 2011 [viewed]

This Day is co-organized by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the Basel Convention Secretariat, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Day will focus on the role of information and communications technologies (ICT) for the environment, one of the action lines defined in the WSIS Geneva Plan of Action. The event will include workshops, interactive discussions, publication releases and networking sessions on issues such as energy efficiency, climate monitoring and adaptation, e-waste and the green economy transition. The event will be open to all stakeholders, including governments, private sector, civil society, academia, as well as international and regional institutions. Participation in this event is possible either on-site or remotely, presenting recent publications or displaying the most recent activities from relevant organization at the e-environment exhibition stand.  

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IDB Launches Sustainable Emerging Cities Platform [viewed]

25 March 2011: Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno has announced the creation of a platform to work with 140 fast-growing "intermediate" cities (those with populations between 100,000 and two million) in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), to analyze their sustainable urban development challenges, propose solutions, prioritize investments and identify funding from national and international sources. 

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OECD Reviews Environmental Performance of Portugal [viewed]

11 April 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a report titled “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Portugal 2011,” which underscores Portugal's environmental achievements and makes recommendations for further improvement.

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Event: GEF Central America Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) [viewed]

The ECW will bring together GEF focal points from Central American countries, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination.  

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Event: GEF South America Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) [viewed]

The ECW will bring together GEF focal points from South American countries, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination.  

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Event: GEF Asia Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) [viewed]

The ECW will bring together GEF focal points from Asian countries, focal points from the main Conventions (Biodiversity, Desertification, Climate Change and POPs), representatives from civil society and representatives from GEF agencies. The purpose of the meeting is to keep these stakeholders abreast of GEF strategies, policies and procedures and to encourage coordination.  

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UN Celebrates Earth Hour [viewed]

26 March 2011: The UN turned out the lights at its New York Headquarters at 8:30 p.m. in observance of Earth Hour 2011, a global event aimed at promoting awareness of the need to take action on climate change.

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UNEP Supports Sochi 2014 Ecological Programme [viewed]

23 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced that, as part of its collaboration with the 2014 Winter Olympic Games Sochi organizing committee, it has submitted to the Organizing Committee environmental action plans that cover key areas including Zero Waste and Climate Neutrality.

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UNEP Releases Report on Water and Climate Change Vulnerability in Mongolia [viewed]

22 March 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Urban Water Vulnerability to Climate Change in Mongolia," which predicts continued dramatic climate change in Mongolia over the next century, including more snow in winter and less rain in summer.

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