Chemicals & Wastes

IYP 2016 Events Promote Pulses as “Climate-Smart” Food of the Future [viewed]

icp_fao20 April 2016: Two events organized as part of the International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) have called for increased efforts to scale up global production of pulses, such as beans, chickpeas, and lentils, due to their multiple benefits as nutrient-dense, soil improving and “climate-smart” crops. The International Conference on Pulses for Health, Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture in Drylands (ICP 2016) took place from 18-20 April in Rabat, Morocco, while the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) hosted a seminar in Rome, Italy addressing the links between pulses and soils (the focus of international efforts in 2015), on 19 April 2016.

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UNECE Publishes Environmental Performance Reviews for Belarus, Georgia [viewed]

UNECEMarch 2016: The third Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) of Belarus and Georgia assess the countries' performance on environmental and economic targets and international environmental commitments, with the aim of guiding improvements in environmental management and integrating environmental considerations into economic sectors. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) published the reviews, which also highlight challenges and successes in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provide recommendations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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FAO Conference Discusses Policy Framework for Integrating Africa's Agricultural Production Targets with the SDGs [viewed]

fao_au8 April 2016: A report, titled ‘Boosting Africa's Soils: From the Abuja Declaration on Fertilizers to a Sustainable Soil Management Framework for Food and Nutrition Security in Africa by 2030,' explores how various regional plans for enhancing agricultural productivity can take “better consideration of the approaches and needs of African farmers under the umbrella of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).” Published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Global Soil Partnership (GSP), the policy document was discussed at a high-level session on the sidelines of the 29th FAO Regional Conference for Africa (ARC29), which took place from 4-8 April, in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire.

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LAC Environment Ministers Agree to Cooperate on Climate Change, SDGs, Chemicals [viewed]

UNEP31 March 2016: At a regional forum held in preparation for the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), environment ministers from Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on arrangements for cooperation on climate, air quality, and chemicals and waste. They also called for fast, ambitious and integrated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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WHO Assessment Finds Unhealthy Environments Contribute to 12.6 Million Deaths Annually [viewed]

WHO15 March 2016: Environmental risk factors, such as air, water and soil pollution, chemical exposures, climate change, and ultraviolet radiation contribute to more than 100 types of diseases and injuries, amounting to 12.6 million people dying each year as a result of living or working in an unhealthy environment, according to a global assessment undertaken by the World Health Organization (WHO).

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UNDP Reports on Mercury Management ahead of INC 7 [viewed]

UNDP17 February 2016: In the run-up to the seventh session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee on Mercury (INC 7), the UN Development Programme (UNDP) has reported on its activities toward phasing out the use of mercury, reducing mercury releases to the environment, improving the management of mercury in general, and preventing mercury from entering water bodies. The report, titled 'Mercury Management for Sustainable Development,' also illustrates co-benefits of action on mercury for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UNEP OECPR-2 Addresses Implementation, Environmental Dimensions of Agenda 2030 [viewed]

oecpr19 February 2016: The second meeting of the Open-Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives (OECPR-2) to the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) advanced preparations for the upcoming second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), which will address the theme of 'Delivering on the Environmental Dimension of Agenda 2030.'

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Mediterranean Ministers Renew Commitment to Protect Marine Environment [viewed]

unep_map_4012 February 2016: Ministers from 21 Mediterranean countries and the European Union (EU) adopted the Athens Declaration, in which they pledge to protect biodiversity, manage coastal zones, increase resilience to climate change and prevent pollution from marine exploration, marine transport and land-based activities. The Declaration reaffirms Party commitments to implement the instruments of the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean and its Protocols and the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP). The Athens Declaration will be forwarded to the second meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2).

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Event: International Expert and Stakeholder Workshop on the Integrated National Implementation of SDGs and International Chemicals and Waste Agreements [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Chemicals and Waste Branch, the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), the Interim Secretariat of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), and the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC). It will bring together 50-60 participants from governments, intergovernmental organizations, private sector, academia and civil society to discuss the effective integration of sound management of chemicals and waste into national implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and development planning.  

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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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