Chemicals & Wastes

UNEP Report: Illegally Traded and Dumped Waste Endangers Workers, Threatens Environment [viewed]

UNEP12 May 2015: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on illegal trading and dumping of waste around the world. The report includes the finding that up to 90% of the world's electronic waste (e-waste) is illegally traded or dumped each year, and notes that of the food produced for human consumption globally, approximately one third is lost or wasted. Titled ‘Waste Crime - Waste Risks: Gaps in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge,' the report was launched at the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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Event: United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa [viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder

forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015. The session will address UNEP's contributions to the United

Nations Post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) process. It will also inform participants

about the implementation of key decisions from the first United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA), including resolutions regarding air quality, chemicals with a focus on lead in paint, and illegal trade in wildlife.  

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UNEP Executive Director Addresses "Triple COP" of BRS Conventions [viewed]

steiner_triplecop5 May 2015: In an address at the opening of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director Achim Steiner stressed that 2015 is a pivotal year for environment and development policy making, and said the sound management of chemicals and waste can support the implementation of many of the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including those on poverty eradication, health, agriculture, water, industrial growth and employment.

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UNCTAD Report Addresses Role of STI in Sustainable Urbanization [viewed]

UNCTAD5 May 2015: A report from the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) highlights the experiences of cities around the world applying a range of science, technology and innovation (STI) solutions, including new and emerging technologies, innovative approaches to urban planning and institutional innovation. Titled ‘Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Urbanization,' the report is being released at the 18th session of UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), which is convening in Geneva, Switzerland, from 4-8 May 2015.

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Event: Minamata Convention on Mercury INC7 [viewed]

The seventh meeting of the Intergovernmental Negotiation Committee (INC7) for the Minamata Convention on Mercury is scheduled to convene in Jordan. Regional consultations will take place on 6 March 2016.  

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Event: Sixth Regional 3R Forum in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The conference is organized on the theme, '3R as an Economic Industry - Next Generation 3R Solutions for a Resource-Efficient Society and Sustainable Tourism Development in Asia and the Pacific'. It will focus on water security, tourism, waste management and sustainable urban management. The conference is jointly organized by the Governments of Japan and Maldives, and the UN Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD). Participants include high-level government representatives from Asia-Pacific countries, city mayors and other professionals. Delegates will discuss implementation of Ha Noi 3R Declaration (2013-2023), as well as economic and employment opportunities in 3R areas, especially in the context of the post-2015 development agenda. The draft concept note and provisional programme for the conference are available.  

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Event: World Forum on Ecosystem Governance [viewed]

The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is modeled after the World Economic Forum, but with a focus on the planet's natural capital. The Forum will periodically bring together world specialists and leaders to promote more effective governance to respond to ecosystem threats. The first event is the High Level Consultations from 25-27 June 2015 in Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China, followed by the Young Professionals' Academy on 27 October 2015 in Beijing, China. The Technical Roundtable Discussions will be held 28-30 October 2015 in Beijing, China and will build around the guidance provided by the High Level Consultations. The World Forum on Ecosystem Governance is a partnership of the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM), the Chinese State Forestry Administration (SFA), and the Beijing Municipal Government. The 1st World Forum on Ecosystem Governance will serve as a pilot for an expanded Forum in 2017.  

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Reports Highlight Microplastic Threats, Underscore Value of Ocean Economy [viewed]

imo_wwf27 April 2015: Microplastics may be as harmful to marine life as larger marine debris, such as fishing nets and plastic bags, according to a report by the Joint Group of Experts on the Scientific Aspects of Marine Environmental Protection (GESAMP), a UN advisory body. The report is the first global-scale assessment to identify the sources, fate and effects of microplastics in the ocean.

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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World [viewed]

ban_ki_moon_concert22 April 2015: In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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UNIDO Annual Report Highlights Recognition of ISID [viewed]

un_ido_2014_reportApril 2014: In its Annual Report, the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) describes progress on implementing its mandate on inclusive and sustainable industrial development (ISID). The report highlights UNIDO's efforts to ensure the inclusion of the ISID concept in the post-2015 development agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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