Chemicals & Wastes

Event: GEF STAP Meeting [viewed]

The meeting will review progress on the current STAP work plan, identify new areas for work plan inclusion, and prepare for the May 2011 GEF Council meeting. With respect to current focal areas, it is likely the meeting will have a strong emphasis on climate change as well as adaptation and climate resilience.  

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Event: 40th GEF Council Meeting [viewed]

The GEF Council functions as the main governing body of the GEF. Its 32 members meet twice a year, with each representing a group of countries (‘constituency') including both donors and recipients of GEF funding. GEF funding is channeled to several focal areas, namely: biological diversity, climate change, international waters, land degradation, ozone layer depletion and persistent organic pollutants.  

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Event: 65th Meeting of the Executive Committee of the Multilateral Fund for the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

This meeting of the Executive Committee is expected to, among other things, consider funding requests to the Multilateral Fund for activities to implement the requirements of the Montreal Protocol.  

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62nd Meeting of ExCom Approves ODS Destruction Project [viewed]

23 December 2010: The 62nd meeting of the Executive Committee (ExCom) of the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol convened in Montreal, Canada, from 29 November-3 December 2010. For the first time, the ExCom considered and approved a large number of HCFC phase-out management plans (HPMPs), in line with the HCFC guidelines adopted at its 60th meeting.

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UNEP Publication Outlines Green Economy Successes in Developing Countries [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a publication titled “Green Economy Successes in Developing Countries,” which includes eight examples of transitioning towards a green economy, drawn from developing countries.

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UNEP Introduces Study on Inter-Linkages of Climate Change and POPs [viewed]

7 December 2010: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), released a preview of the findings of a study titled "Climate Change and POPs Inter-Linkages," during the Cancun Climate Change Conference, convening in Mexico.

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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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