Chemicals & Wastes

UNOPS Announces Green Regional Hub in Panama [viewed]

28 February 2011: The UN Office for Project Services (UNOPS) has announced it will manage the construction of a UN Regional Hub in Panama City, Panama. The Regional Hub aims to be one of the greenest buildings in Latin America.

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ACP MEAs Project Launches New Website [viewed]

13 March 2011: The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Multilateral Environment Agreements (MEAs) Project has launched a dedicated project website that features links to regional hubs, updates on project activities, information on upcoming events and related publications.

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UNEP Report Highlights Threats to Bees [viewed]

10 March 2001: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a report titled "Global Honey Bee Colony Disorders and Other Threats to Insect Pollinators," which shows that bee colonies worldwide are under threat, with serious consequences for biodiversity and food security.

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CSD Preparatory Meeting Addresses Climate, SIDS and Transport Issues [viewed]

4 March 2011: The Intergovernmental Preparatory Meeting (IPM) for the 19th session of the Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 19) took place at UN Headquarters in New York, US, from 28 February-4 March 2011.

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OECD Report Investigates Role of Policy in Greening Behavior [viewed]

7 March 2011: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released a report titled “Greening Household Behaviour: The Role of Public Policy,” that presents the results of a 10,000 household survey carried out in ten countries.

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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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