Chemicals & Wastes

SDSN, UNDP, WEF, CCSI Prepare Guide on Mining and SDGs [viewed]

miningmap13 January 2016: The Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) released for public consultation an "atlas" mapping the linkages between mining and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The draft report, titled ‘Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: A Preliminary Atlas,' was created in collaboration with the Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI), UN Development Programme (UNDP), and the World Economic Forum (WEF).

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Central Asia, UNEP Cooperate on SCP, Mountain Issues [viewed]

UNEP22 January 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) reported on its cooperation with Central Asian countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly on mountain issues, waste management, green economy and sustainable consumption and production (SCP). According to a UNEP press release, countries have made progress in identifying priorities for action on sustainable development.

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WEF Reports Address Plastics Economy, Gender Gap and Shifting Jobs [viewed]

World Economic ForumJanuary 2016: By 2050, the oceans are predicted to contain more plastics than fish by weight, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report on the "plastics economy," one of several publications released ahead of the WEF Annual Meeting, which is convening from 20-23 January 2016. A WEF report on jobs declares that 65% percent of children who enter primary school today will "end up working in completely new job types that don't yet exist.” A third report discusses the impact of gender disparities on a country's competitiveness.

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UNIDO Launches Cleaner Production Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina [viewed]

UNIDO18 December 2015: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) launched a programme to improve the environmental performance and resource productivity of businesses and other organizations in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The National Cleaner Production Programme is expected to contribute towards achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 9 (Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialization and foster innovation), which relates to inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID).

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Event: OEWG 38 and ExMOP 3 to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 38th Meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38) of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer will be held from 18-21 July 2016, followed by the Third Extraordinary Meeting of the Parties (ExMOP 3) from 22-23 July. These two meetings are expected to focus on efforts to conclude a hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) Amendment to the Protocol in 2016. The OEWG and ExMOP will be preceded by the 56th Meeting of the Implementation Committee (ImpCom 56) on 16 July, which will review compliance with Protocol obligations, and on 17 July by a meeting of the Bureau and coordination meetings of the regional groups.  

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Event: 28th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol [viewed]

The 28th Meeting of the Parties (MOP 28) to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer is scheduled to consider, inter alia, negotiations on a hydrofluorocarbons (HFC) amendment, nominations for critical-use and essential-use exemptions, and other draft decisions forwarded from the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG).  

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WTO Reports Progress on Environmental Goods Agreement [viewed]

World Trade Organization (WTO)14 December 2015: The World Trade Organization (WTO) has achieved "considerable progress and a high degree of convergence" toward an environmental goods agreements (EGA) to lower trade barriers on environmental goods, according to the chair of the negotiations, Andrew Robb of Australia. The EGA would contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Robb notes.

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Special Gala Honors Recipients of Momentum for Change Awards [viewed]

UNFCCC10 December 2015: The recipients of the 2015 UN Climate Solutions Award 'Momentum for Change' were honored during a special ceremony and gala event organized by the UNFCCC Secretariat on the sidelines of the Paris Climate Change Conference. Sixteen initiatives were awarded prizes in the following categories: urban poor, women for results, financing for climate-friendly investment and information and communication technology (ICT) solutions.

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Policy Update #10: Moving from Gray to Green: Identifying the SDG Indicators [viewed]

The indicators through which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be assessed will provide the final piece of the SDG package. The 17 SDGs and 169 associated targets were adopted in September 2015, but the indicators are currently being developed by the Inter-Agency and Expert Group on the SDG Indicators (IAEG-SDGs). This Policy Update addresses the role and importance of the indicators and how are they being identified.

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UN Environment Management Group Reflects on Role in Achieving 2030 Agenda [viewed]

emgSeptember 2015: The 21st Senior Officials' Meeting of the Environment Management Group (EMG) discussed the Group's role in supporting the implementation of the environmental dimensions of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including challenges and opportunities for the UN system. Senior officials recognized that the SDGs will require institutional change, where sustainable development is seen “as the chapeau of all activities and operations” rather than as a department in an agency, as one participant said.

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