Chemicals & Wastes

US Companies Join 'Act on Climate' Pledge [viewed]

USA Flag19 October 2015: The US announced new commitments from companies that are joining the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, bringing the total number of US companies that have signed onto the pledge to 81. Together, these companies have operations in all 50 US states, employ over nine million people, represent more than US$3 trillion in annual revenue, and have a combined market capitalization of over US$5 trillion.

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APUF-6 Anticipates Growing Resource Pressure from Region's Cities [viewed]

apuf_621 October 2015: The Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) reviewed the challenges of urbanization facing the region, as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) called for stronger governance of cities, better and more accessible data, and blended finance to support cities' capital investments.

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UNCTAD Reviews Maritime Shipping Trends, Needs for 2030 Agenda [viewed]

UNCTAD14 October 2015: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published its 2015 'Review of Maritime Transport,' showing a slow recovery from the global financial crisis and a small increase in developing countries' share of global container traffic. The report reviews legal and regulatory developments in maritime transport, and underscores the role of maritime transport in the implementation of a "workable international sustainable development agenda."

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Second Our Ocean Conference Galvanizes 80 Initiatives, US$2.1 Billion in Commitments [viewed]

Second Our Ocean Conference6 October 2015: The Second Our Ocean Conference generated US$2.1 billion in commitments on oceans, including announcements of more than 80 initiatives on marine conservation and protection and the protection of over 1.9 million square kilometers of ocean. The Conference aimed to promote voluntary governmental and institutional commitments to care for the world's oceans.

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Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Seychelles, South Africa Submit INDCs [viewed]

Bangladesh, Seychelles, Georgia, Belarus, South Africa, Moldova Flags25 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Seychelles and South Africa have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 79. In addition, the International Partnership on Mitigation and MRV (Measurement, Reporting and Verification) completed a training workshop on INDCs for African anglophone and lusophone countries.

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Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea Submit INDCs [viewed]

comoros_grenada_equatorial21 September 2015: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that Comoros, Grenada and Equatorial Guinea have formally submitted their intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), bringing the total number of Parties to have done so to 65. All three INDCs address both mitigation and adaptation.

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UNEP Launches Law and Environmental Ontology Portal [viewed]

unep_informea17 September 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the Law and Environmental Ontology Portal (LEO) at the 6th Multilateral Environment Agreement Information and Knowledge Management (MEA IKM) Initiative Steering Committee Meeting, held from 15-17 September 2015, in Montreux, Switzerland. Funded by the European Union, LEO provides an overview of relationships between multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs), as well as concepts, definitions and synonyms found in these conventions.

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Ozone Day Celebrates '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together' [viewed]

ozone_together16 September 2015: The UN system celebrated the International Ozone Day under the theme '30 Years of Healing Ozone Together,' celebrating the 1985 signing of the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. The Vienna Convention is the framework agreement under which the 1987 Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer was adopted.

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Event: 26th Annual SPREP Meeting [viewed]

The 26th annual meeting of the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) will begin, on 21 September, with the 5th Pacific Environment Forum (PEF), which will focus on opportunities and challenges in climate change finance, particularly how members and SPREP could work together to improve access to the Green Climate Fund (GCF), the Adaptation Fund (AF) and other funds. It will be followed, on 22-24 September, by the 26th SPREP Meeting of Officials, which will review progress over the past year, and discuss institutional reform, the 2016 work programme and budget, the Pacific Climate Change Centre (PCCC), climate finance, a new 2016-2025 regional strategy on waste and pollution management, the role SPREP in implementation of the SAMOA Pathway and the Sustainable Development Goals, the development of the next SPREP Strategic Plan. The Meeting is also expected to announce the new SPREP Director-General.  

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UNEP: Holistic Waste Management Can Cut GHG Emissions 20% Annually [viewed]

UNEP7 September 2015: The first global waste status report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) suggests that holistic management of the world's solid waste problem could cut annual greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 20% while generating green jobs, improving public health and saving countries billions of dollars.

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