Chemicals & Wastes

UNGA Debate Speakers Cite Actions to Implement SDGs, Paris Agreement [viewed]

ga-71-logo22 September 2016: UN Member States highlighted national actions to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement on climate change, as the 71st session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) entered the third day of its general debate at UN Headquarters in New York, US, on 22 September 2016. The debate is focusing on the theme 'The SDGs: a universal push to transform our world.'

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UNEP Marine Litter Toolkit Provides Overview of Legislation, Recommendations for Preventing Waste [viewed]

UNEPSeptember 2016: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a toolkit, titled ‘Marine Litter Legislation: A Toolkit for Policymakers,' which describes legislation used by countries to address marine litter. The toolkit recommends reducing the overall production of marine litter through a circular economy approach that prevents the generation of waste products.

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2016 Our Ocean Conference Generates 136 Initiatives on Oceans, with US$5.24 Billion in Support [viewed]

our_oceans16 September 2016: Participants at the third Our Ocean Conference announced over 136 initiatives on protecting ocean areas, promoting sustainable fisheries, reducing marine pollution, addressing climate and the ocean, building capacity, supporting coastal communities, and mapping and further understanding the ocean. Financial commitments included more than US$5.24 billion in support and commitments to protect nearly four million square kilometers of the ocean.

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Event: Fifth Meeting of the Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs [viewed]

The Working Group will review the progress in implementing the 2015-2017 work programme, including compliance and reporting mechanisms, promotion, capacity building, and financial matters, discuss the work programme for 2018–2021, and discuss preparations for the next session of the Meeting of the Parties (MOP), including a draft joint declaration with the Parties to the Aarhus Convention.  

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IUCN WCC Adopts 85 Motions, Hawai'i Commitments; Calls for Action on Oceans, Wildlife Trafficking, Climate Change [viewed]

iucn201611 September 2016: Participants at the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress (WCC) adopted the Hawai'i Commitments, titled ‘Navigating Island Earth,' which outline opportunities to address conservation challenges, including maintaining the health of the world's oceans, tackling wildlife trafficking, addressing species loss and ecosystem declines, building resilience to climate change, and sustaining world food supplies. The IUCN Members' Assembly adopted 85 Motions, inclusive of over 100 resolutions and recommendations, including to create a membership category for indigenous peoples' organizations.

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ECOSOC Adopts Resolutions in Support of SDG Implementation [viewed]

ecosoc70August 2016: The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) has issued a series of resolutions that seek to contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The resolutions were adopted by ECOSOC following recommendations and proposals from its Commissions and expert bodies, and from meetings that took place in 2016.

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EMG Report: Sound Chemicals Management Can Support SDGs [viewed]

chemical_reportJuly 2016: The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) released a synthesis report on the importance of sound chemicals management in contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report identifies ways UN agencies can support Member States in addressing chemical and chemical waste management, and ensuring implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to poverty eradication, biodiversity, agriculture, health, water, employment and sustainable industrialization.

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UNDP, Partners Map Relationship Between Mining and SDGs [viewed]

mapping_mining19 July 2016: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Economic Forum (WEF), Columbia Center on Sustainable Investment (CCSI) and Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) have released the final version of an "atlas" that maps how mining and the extractive industry sector can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in resource-rich countries. The white paper, titled ‘Mapping Mining to the Sustainable Development Goals: An Atlas,' shares examples of good practice, knowledge and resources in the mining sector that could be replicated or scaled up to support the SDGs.

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Event: World Mining Congress 2016 [viewed]

The 24th World Mining Congress will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 18-21 October 2016, and will consider the theme, "Mining in a World of Innovation". The World Mining Congress takes place every three years. The event aims to promote and support, both technically and scientifically, cooperation for the national and international development of mineral areas and resources, and to implement a global information network concerning mineral science, technology, economy, occupational health and safety and environmental protection.  

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UNEP-IRP Warns Against Rising Natural Resource Use [viewed]

unep_irp20 July 2016: Increasing consumption intensified by a growing middle class has tripled primary materials extraction over the last 40 years, with the richest countries consuming around ten times as much as the poorest countries, according to a report published by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-hosted International Resource Panel (IRP).

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