Chemicals & Wastes

CSD Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting Addresses SIDS Issues [viewed]

28 February 2011: Addressing the opening session of the week-long Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the Commission on Sustainable Development's (CSD) 19th session, Sha Zukang, Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs, underscored that the effects of the global energy crisis, the ongoing food crisis, freshwater scarcity and the “overwhelming impact” of climate change continue to be challenges.

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Stockholm Convention Releases Climate Change and POPs Study [viewed]

21 February 2011: The Stockholm Convention Secretariat, in conjunction with the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, has released a report titled "Climate Change and POPs: Predicting the Impacts."

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US, India to Convene Joint Task Force on Hydrofluorocarbons [viewed]

23 February 2011: During a workshop on hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) convened by the US and India on 18 February 2011, the two countries agreed to convene a joint task force to examine approaches to reduce the use of climate-damaging HFCs.

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Event: 27th Session of UNEP Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum [viewed]

The first universal session of the Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 18-22 February 2013. The Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC/GMEF) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) constitutes the ministerial-level global environmental forum in which participants gather to review important and emerging policy issues in the field of the environment. Among other matters, this first-ever universal session of the UNEP GC/GMEF is expected to discuss: the new Minamata Convention on Mercury and the Executive Director's report on financing options for chemicals and wastes; enhancing cooperation and coordination within the chemicals and wastes cluster; sustainable consumption and production; and justice, governance and law for environmental sustainability.  

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Guest Article #55: Turning Wastes into Resources While Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions: A Contribution to a Green Economy [viewed]

Environmentally sound management of wastes – including hazardous wastes – is not among the measures that spontaneously come to mind in the context of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Basel Convention - the sole global treaty on waste management, aiming to protect human health and the environment through control of transboundary movements and environmentally sound management of hazardous and other wastes – is not widely seen as an instrument towards this end. If at all, the role of waste management in combating climate change is seen primarily in the reduction of methane emissions resulting from landfills. Hazardous wastes rarely enter the picture.

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UNEP Convenes Green Customs Partners Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the 7th Green Customs Partners Meeting, from 8-9 February 2011, at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France.

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CDM Executive Board Launches Four Calls for Public Inputs [viewed]

18 February 2011: As agreed at its 59th meeting, held from 14-18 February 2011, in Bonn, Germany, the Executive Board of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) has launched four calls for public inputs.

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Ozone Parties Invited to Join Declaration on Global Transition from HCFCs and CFCs [viewed]

5 February 2011: The Ozone Secretariat has posted on its website the "Declaration on the Global Transition Away From Hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) and Chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs)" from the Governments of Canada, the US and Mexico.

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OECD Brochure Highlights Work on Environment and Green Growth [viewed]

7 February 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has published a brochure titled “OECD Work on Environment,” which highlights past and upcoming work on a range of environmental issues, as well as key OECD publications addressing them.

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Event: GEF Caribbean Expanded Constituency Workshop [viewed]

The GEF Caribbean Expanded Constituency Workshop (ECW) will bring together GEF focal points, 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. It will include participants from Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Kitts And Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.  

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