Chemicals & Wastes

UNEP Urges Action on Nitrous Oxide to Address Climate Change, Ozone Depletion [viewed]

UNEP21 November 2013: Increases in nitrous oxide emissions could exacerbate climate change and undermine ozone layer recovery, according to a report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The report also stresses it is possible to decrease nitrous oxide emissions, resulting in climate, economic, environmental and human benefits of approximately US$160 billon annually.

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UNIDO Releases Guide on Transitioning to Natural Refrigerants [viewed]

UNIDO19 November 2013: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), together with shecco, a market development company, have released a guide on the transition from ozone-depleting substances (ODS) to natural refrigerants and foam-blowing agents. Its main objective is to share experiences in the use of ammonia, carbon dioxide (CO2), hydrocarbons, water and air, as part of the ongoing phase-out of ozone-depleting hydrochlorofluorocarbons (HCFCs) under the Montreal Protocol. 

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GEF Council Approves US$259.84 Million Work Program [viewed]

45th-meeting-of-the-GEF-Council7 November 2013: The 45th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council considered, inter alia: the progress report on the pilot accreditation of GEF Project Agencies; the mid-term evaluation of the System for Transparent Allocation of Resources (STAR); the mid-term evaluation of the National Portfolio Formulation Exercise (NPFE); an update on the GEF-6 replenishment; a review of GEF Agencies on their application of environmental and social safeguards and gender mainstreaming; and an update on the development of the GEF 2020 strategy. The GEF Council also approved a Work Program amounting to US$259.84 million.

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World Bank Highlights Climate and Health Benefits of Reducing Short-Lived Climate Pollutants [viewed]

World Bank3 November 2013: The World Bank has published a report highlighting the climate and health benefits of reducing emissions of common pollutants such as methane and black carbon, and examining 14 measures that contribute towards this objective.

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CSO Consultation Discusses GEF2020 Strategy Ahead of Council Meeting [viewed]

Naoko Ishii, GEF CEO and Chairperson4 November 2013: The GEF Council Consultation Meeting with Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) convened on 4 November 2013, the day before the 45th meeting of the GEF Council opened in Washington, DC, US. During an opening dialogue, Global Environment Facility (GEF) CEO and Chairperson Naoko Ishii discussed the GEF 2020 strategy and emphasized that it is important to have a long-term strategy encompassing an environmental degradation driver-focused approach. She also welcomed Conservation International and WWF-US as two new GEF Project Agencies.

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OWG 7 Issue Briefs Released [viewed]

UNGAOctober 2013: The UN Technical Support Team (TST) has issued three briefs in preparation for the seventh session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The documents address the three topics for OWG 7: Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR); Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements; and Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP), including Chemicals and Waste.

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MOP 25 Agrees Decisions on ODS Alternatives, SIDS [viewed]

mop2525 October 2013: The 25th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MOP 25) agreed to the Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances (ODS). The meeting took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 21-25 October 2013.

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Event: UN Environmental Assembly of UNEP [viewed]

The next meeting of the UN Environmental Assembly of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), which has replaced the UNEP Governing Council, is scheduled for June 2014.  

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Event: Special Forum at the General Assembly of the World Mayors Council on Climate Change [viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF), in cooperation with ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, is organizing this Special Forum on the theme “New Directions for Financing Sustainable Cities”. It aims to provide a platform for interaction between the GEF and mayors and local leaders, to discuss, inter alia, GEF's support for cities and how cities can be used to achieve a more integrated approach to addressing climate change, biodiversity and chemicals. The Forum will be held during the 2013 Nantes World Mayors Summit on Climate Change, taking place from 27-28 September.  

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UN Commemorates International Day for Preserving Ozone Layer [viewed]

Ozone Secretariat16 September 2013: The UN Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on 16 September 2013. The UN marked this year's Day under the theme 'A Healthy Atmosphere, the Future We Want.'

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