Chemicals & Wastes

UNEP Releases Waste and Climate Change Report [viewed]

3 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environmental Technology Centre has released a report titled "Waste and Climate Change: Global Trends and Strategy Framework."

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GEF Endorses Projects on Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Waters and POPs [viewed]

November 2010: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) gave a final green light to a series of full-sized projects during the month of November, which allows their final approval by implementing agencies to commence activities, including on: biodiversity conservation in Venezuela, Lao PDR and Ecuador; climate change in Chile; and removal of HCFCs in the Russian Federation.

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FAO Releases Paper on Woodfuels and Mitigation [viewed]

November 2010: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) has released a paper titled "What woodfuels can do to mitigate climate change."

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Event: Montreal Protocol OEWG 31 [viewed]

Delegates at the 31st meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 31) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer are expected to discuss two proposals for amendments to the Montreal Protocol. The first has been submitted by the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and is similar to the amendment proposed by FSM in 2010 to control the production and consumption of HFCs. Canada, Mexico and the US have also submitted a proposed amendment, similar to the amendment they proposed at the twenty-second meeting of the Parties (MOP 22) in 2010, which aims to list 20 specific HFCs in a new Annex to the Protocol. OEWG 31 is also scheduled to consider several other issues, including the 2011 progress report of the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) and the TEAP's initial recommendations for essential-use and critical-use nominations.  

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OECD Report Urges Japan to Do More to Fight Climate Change and Protect Biodiversity [viewed]

16 November 2010: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released the “OECD Environmental Performance Reviews: Japan 2010,” saying that Japan should do more to fight climate change and protect biodiversity.

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Event: Joint 9th Meeting of the Vienna Convention COP and 23rd Montreal Protocol MOP [viewed]

The 23rd Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 23) and ninth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (COP 9) are scheduled to take place in Bali, Indonesia, from 21-25 November 2011.  

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UN Secretary-General Highlights Legacies From Franklin D. Roosevelt [viewed]

15 November 2010: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivered a statement at the Roosevelt House Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, at the US President's former residence in New York City, US, where he underlined his belief in the values and principles of the UN.

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UNEP Releases Report on Protecting Arctic Biodiversity [viewed]

29 October 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)'s GRID-Arendal center in Norway has released a report entitled “Protecting Arctic Biodiversity: Strengths and limitations of environmental agreements.” The report details solutions to the current biodiversity crisis in the Arctic, but it stresses that conservation gains are only possible if root causes for biodiversity loss are addressed outside the Arctic.

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ECLAC Publishes Environmental Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

20 October 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a set of Environmental Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean 2009 that highlight improvements in protected area coverage, contrasting with loss of forest cover.

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UNGA Committee Addresses Challenges Faced by Countries in Special Situations [viewed]

18 October 2010:  The Second Committee (Economic and Financial) of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) met on 18 October 2010, in New York, US, to consider groups of countries in special situations, looking ahead towards the Fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDCs), to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 30 May-3 June 2010.

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