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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EC and UNEP Outline Priorities for Climate Cooperation [viewed]

23 February 2011:  The European Commission and the UN Environment programme (UNEP) have issued a joint statement signaling the renewal of their political will to consolidate, develop and increase their cooperation and effectiveness to achieve their common goals and objectives in the field of environment.

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European Commission Outlines Actions to Enhance Carbon Market Registry Security [viewed]

23 February 2011: The European Commission has outlined a series of actions to strengthen the integrity of the European carbon market following cyber-thefts from several EU Emissions Trading System (EUETS) registries in January 2011.

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UNCTAD Proposes Agenda for Action at LDC IV [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) published a policy brief proposing a broad agenda for action for the fourth UN Conference on Least Developed Countries (LDC IV), to be held from 9-13 May 2011, in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Event: Imagining the Worst: Foresight, Ethics, and Extreme Climate Scenarios [viewed]

This conference is organized by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Austrian Science and Research Liaison Office Ljubljana. The conference will address the nexus of futures studies and ethics studies in the context of climate change with a strong focus on implications of worst case scenarios on governance processes on national, regional (especially Southeast Europe) and global level (e.g. UNFCCC negotiations and preparations for UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20)). In particular, the conference aims to: reflect on recent developments in ethical theory; promote ethically aware governance processes; advance futures studies; and promote the cross-sectoral dialogue of science and policy making experts.  

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Event: 73rd Session of UNECE Inland Transport Committee [viewed]

The session will gather high-level officials from the 56 UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States, the European Commission, international and European transport organizations and non-governmental organizations. One of the issues to be discussed at the meeting is climate change and transport, including the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable transport systems and the establishment of a new group of experts on the impacts of climate change on international transport networks.  

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IFAD Governing Council Considers Impact of Climate Change on Agriculture [viewed]

22 February 2011: The 34th session of the Governing Council of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) met from 19-20 February 2011, at IFAD headquarters in Rome, Italy.

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India to Host World Environment Day, UNEP Announces [viewed]

22 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) announced that World Environment Day, observed annually on 5 June, will be hosted by Mumbai and Delhi, in India, under the theme “Forests: Nature at Your Service.” 

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UNESCO's Blue Carbon Working Group Holds First Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The "Blue Carbon" International Scientific Working Group of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) met from 15-17 February 2011, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, to discuss the implications of using coastal "blue" carbon as a conservation and management tool contributing to climate change mitigation and the development of associated conservation financing mechanisms.

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UNEP Convenes Green Customs Partners Meeting [viewed]

17 February 2011: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the 7th Green Customs Partners Meeting, from 8-9 February 2011, at INTERPOL headquarters in Lyon, France.

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