Chemicals & Wastes

Regional Seas Global Meeting Agrees on Oceans Roadmap, Marine Litter Actions, Suggests SDG Targets [viewed]

RSCAPs-Representatives1 October 2014: Participants agreed on a "visioning roadmap" for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs). The ten-year road map addresses: the extraction of living and non-living marine resources; governance; impacts of a changing climate; ocean acidification; and pollution.

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COAG Highlights Family Farming as Part of Food Security, Nutrition, Rural Development [viewed]

FAO3 October 2014: Participants at the 24th session of the Committee on Agriculture (COAG) recognized the importance of family farming in food and nutrition security, natural resource management, rural development and sustainable agriculture. Meeting for the biannual session in Rome, Italy, from 29 September-3 October 2014, participants also discussed approaches to moving towards sustainable agriculture.

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CCAC High-Level Assembly Considers Five-Year Strategic Vision, Extends Mandate [viewed]

CCAC High-Level Assembly22 September 2014: The fifth High-Level Assembly of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) considered the Coalition's five-year strategic vision and discussed five statements on short-lived climate pollutants to be presented during the UN Climate Summit.

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GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS [viewed]

GEF4 September 2014: The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naoko Ishii has announced US$256 million in funding for projects on biodiversity, chemicals and wastes, forests and capacity building. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), during which the GEF also showcased its work with SIDS.

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Island Leaders Commit to New Partnerships through GLISPA [viewed]

GLIPSA3 September 2014: The Global Island Partnership (GLISPA) hosted a high-level event to celebrate partnerships and collaborations between small islands during the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), in Apia, Samoa. 'Leaders Inspiring Action: A celebration of commitments to build resilient and sustainable island communities through innovative partnerships' featured speeches from several Heads of State and Governments, ministers, and high-level representatives of nations involved in GLISPA, highlighting island leadership across the globe.

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Event: CCAC High Level Assembly [viewed]

The fifth Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) High Level Assembly will provide the opportunity for CCAC ministers and heads of partner organizations to: be informed of the CCAC's progress; provide strategic direction to the CCAC's ambition and work over the coming years; and be updated on policy-relevant and scientific developments on short-lived climate pollutants.  

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UNEP, SPREP Open First Sub-regional Office [viewed]

unep-office-samoa2 September 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has opened a sub-regional office for the Pacific, based in Apia, Samoa. The Host Country Agreement was signed by Achim Steiner, UNEP Executive Director, and Tuilaepa Lupesoliai Dr. Sailele Malielegaoi, Prime Minister of Samoa, at the official opening of the office, on 2 September 2014.

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UNDP-GEF Publication Highlights SIDS as Models for Sustainable Development Solutions [viewed]

UNDP - GEF2 September 2014: Small island developing States (SIDS) can serve as models for global sustainable development solutions that promote human development, reduce poverty and build resilience, according to a report by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF). ‘Island Innovations – UNDP and GEF: Leveraging the Environment for the Sustainable Development of SIDS' highlights "whole island" approaches to sustainable development, incorporating climate change adaptation, conserving land, ocean and water resources, generating economic growth and enhancing local capacity.

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Major Groups Focus on Durable Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

sids.conference.iisdrs29 August 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) pre-conference for Major Groups and other Stakeholders Forum focused on identifying durable partnerships to promote sustainable development. The Forum resulted in an outcome statement, titled ‘The SIDS Accelerated Modalities of Action (S.A.M.O.A) Pathway: Engaging for a Sustainable Future,' which calls on governments to use a human rights and development framework to underpin all action plans, and underscores environmental sustainability, economic justice, gender equality and human rights as critical components in pursuing sustainable development.

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Event: Green Standards Week [viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing Green Standards Week under the theme, 'Setting the Vision for Smart Sustainable Cities'. The Week will feature a high-level forum on the main theme and forums on related themes, including: 'Green Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for a Sustainable Resource Efficient Economy;' 'E-waste: The Inconvenient Truth;' and 'Using electromagnetic fields (EMF) to Achieve the Smartest Sustainable City'. The last day of the event will be dedicated to the regional meeting of 'ITU-T Study Group 5 Regional Group for Asia and the Pacific' (SG5 RG-AP). Overall, the Week will aim to promote: green ICTs as a catalyst to sustainable development; e-waste management; and how ICTs can help build smart, sustainable cities. The Week is expected to attract specialists from a variety of international organizations, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and the private sector, policy-makers, engineers, designers, city planners, government officials, regulators and standards experts. ITU is the UN's ICT agency and coordinates international cooperation on radio spectrum, satellite orbits, communication infrastructure development and standards.  

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