Chemicals & Wastes

OEWG 2 Advances Preparations for Chemicals Management Conference [viewed]

OEWG218 December 2014: The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) formulated a message on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and chemicals management to convey to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It also agreed to initiate a process to forward a proposal on highly hazardous pesticides to the fourth session of the ICCM, among other preparations for ICCM 4, which is tentatively scheduled for 27 September-3 October 2015.

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SAICM Secretariat Issues Documents for ICCM OEWG 2 [viewed]

SAICMDecember 2014: Ahead of the second meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG 2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has released a set of documents, including on orientation and guidance for achieving sound management of chemicals, regional priorities, and the sound management of chemicals and waste in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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UN Secretary-General's Synthesis Report Proposes 6 Elements for Post-2015 Agenda [viewed]

syntesis-proposal4 December 2014: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has released an advance version of his synthesis report on the post-2015 development agenda, titled ‘The Road to Dignity by 2030: Ending Poverty, Transforming All Lives and Protecting the Planet.' In the report, Ban proposes an integrated set of six essential elements: dignity; people; prosperity; planet; justice; and partnership.

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Event: Science Fair at the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions [viewed]

This science fair will convene in parallel with a segment of the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, which will address the theme 'From Science to action, working for a safer tomorrow'. Closely reflecting this theme, the science fair aims to: increase understanding of the scientific basis of the three conventions; clarify the scientific processes established under the conventions for their effective implementation; and increase awareness and understanding of the in-depth scientific considerations relating to decision-making under the three conventions.  

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UNEP Live Tracker Provides Information to Track Progress on GEGs, SDGs [viewed]

UNEPNovember 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released the Global Environment Goals (GEG) Live Tracker website to provide information on progress towards achieving internationally-agreed environmental goals and objectives and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The website aims to better inform decision-makers and the public on progress towards the goals and information available for monitoring them.

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Event: Intergovernmental Negotiations on Post-2015 Development Agenda - Third Session [viewed]

The intergovernmental negotiations on post-2015 development agenda will take place over several sessions starting in January 2015. The third session, per the 3 December 2014 proposal of the co-facilitators, would take place on 23-27 March 2015.  

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INC 6 on Mercury Establishes Working Group to Develop New Programme [viewed]

inc67 November 2014: The sixth session of the Intergovernmental Negotiating Committee to Prepare a Global Legally Binding Instrument on Mercury (INC 6) concluded with the establishment of an Ad Hoc Working Group on Finance that will develop a new programme to support implementation in developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

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UNEP Announces 2014 Champions of the Earth Laureates [viewed]

championsoftheearth7 November 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has announced the recipients of the UN's highest environmental honor, the ‘Champions of the Earth Award,' which recognizes innovators and policymakers for service to the environment, saving lives, improving livelihoods and bettering environmental governance and conservation.

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GEF and LDCF/SCCF Councils Approve Work Programs Worth Over US$200 Million [viewed]

GEF4730 October 2014: The 47th meeting of the Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council approved, among other decisions, a Work Program that consists of 15 project concepts, with total resources equal to US$190.74 million.

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Chairs Summarize Six Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Dialogues on SIDS [viewed]

sids-conference-20148 October 2014: The Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS) included six multi-stakeholder partnership dialogues aimed at launching new partnerships, sharing successes, and documenting progress on key issues important to SIDS' sustainable development. Summaries from the dialogues' Chairs, issued as a UN General Assembly document of 8 October 2014, highlight the array of partnerships committed to at the conference.

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