Chemicals & Wastes

STAP Advises GEF Assembly on Environmentally Sustainable Development [viewed]

GEF STAP24 May 2014: The Scientific and Technical Advisory Panel (STAP) of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) has released a report to the 5th meeting of the GEF Assembly, providing recommendations for advancing environmentally sustainable development under the sixth GEF replenishment (GEF-6). The report, titled ‘Delivering Global Environmental Benefits for Sustainable Development,' also reviews the expansion of the Advisory Panel's roles and responsibilities, and its contributions in GEF-5.

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OECD Finds Air Pollution Costs Member States US$1.7 Trillion Annually [viewed]

OECD_NEW21 May 2014: Deaths and health impacts from air pollution cost advanced economies, together with China and India, US$3.5 trillion annually, according to an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) report, 'The Cost of Air Pollution: Health Impacts of Road Transport.'

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Air Pollution in Most Cities Exceeds WHO Guidelines [viewed]

WHO7 May 2014: The 2014 Ambient Air Pollution in Cities Database released by the World Health Organization (WHO) shows that air quality in most cities around the globe is much higher than recommended by WHO's Guidelines on Air Quality, with many cities showing a declining trend.

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UNIDO Workshop Prepares CIS Members for GEF-6 [viewed]

UNIDO28 March 2014: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) convened an inception workshop aimed at sharing experiences in addressing environmental issues in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and informing CIS members of UNIDO's approach to projects funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to advance sustainable industrial development.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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Thirty Donor Countries Pledge US$4.43 Billion for GEF-6 [viewed]

GEF16 April 2014: The negotiations on the sixth replenishment of the Global Environment Facility Trust Fund (GEF-6) concluded with pledges totaling US$4.43 billion over four years.

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UNEP Releases Post-2015 Note on Human Health and Environment [viewed]

UNEPApril 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has recommended measures to maintain a clean and healthy environment for human health, in its third briefing note on priorities for the post-2015 development agenda.

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CCAC Working Group Approves US$10 Million Investments [viewed]

CCAC3 April 2014: The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has approved a new package of investments aimed at reducing short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) in the transport, refrigeration, agriculture, waste management, oil and gas sectors. The CCAC will also undertake a global information campaign on the detrimental impact that indoor and outdoor air pollution has on health.

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IISD Assumes Management of Experimental Lakes Area [viewed]

iisd_logo1 April 2014: The Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario and the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) have signed agreements to ensure the continued operation of the Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) research facility. The ELA is a unique, whole-lake laboratory, with 58 lakes used for scientific study of stressors and pollutants on freshwater lakes and watersheds.

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UNEP Annual Report Highlights 2013 Achievements [viewed]

UNEPMarch 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published its annual report for 2013, which focuses on UNEP's achievements in key focus areas: climate change; disasters and conflicts; ecosystem management; environmental governance; harmful substances and hazardous waste; resource efficiency; and sustainable consumption and production (SCP).

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