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Guest Article #8: Scaling the e-Waste Mountain: Opportunities in the Post-2015 Development Agenda[viewed]

The commonly agreed vision of the Step Initiative's 65 institutional members is to achieve “societies which have succeeded in reducing to a sustainable level the e-waste related burden on the ecosystem."

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Minamata Special High-Level Event Concludes with Five New Parties[viewed]

The Minamata Convention on Mercury gained five new parties on 24 September 2014, as Djibouti, Gabon, Guyana, Monaco and Uruguay deposited instruments of ratification at a Special High-Level event at UN Headquarters, New York, which was intended to facilitate the Convention's rapid entry into force.

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SPC, FAO Hold Workshop on Pesticide Management in Pacific Region[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC), together with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) held a workshop on pesticide management in the Pacific region, which stressed the need for strong legislative and legal frameworks to regulate import, distribution and management of pesticides, and advocated for a regional pesticide registration system. The workshop took place on 10-12 September 2014, in Suva, Fiji.

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UNIDO Assists Nigeria in Phasing Out ODS[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with financing from the Multilateral Fund for the Implementation of the Montreal Protocol, is assisting the Government of Nigeria in the phase-out of ozone depleting substances (ODS), through the provision of low-pressure foam machines. The machines will be used by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) making ice machines, facilitating the transition from ODS to ozone-friendly substances.

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

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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Basel OEWG-9 Advances Work on Technical Guidelines for POP, Mercury and E-Waste[viewed]

The ninth meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG-9) of the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal took decisions on, inter alia: technical guidelines for persistent organic pollutants (POP) and mercury wastes, as well as electrical and electronic waste; a glossary of terms to provide legal clarity; and national reporting. The meeting also advanced work on technical guidelines, legal matters and other issues to facilitate progress at the twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12), scheduled to convene in May 2015.

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CCAC Report Urges Immediate Action on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants[viewed]

The Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) has released a report, titled ‘Time to Act – To reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs).' The report details the causes and sources of SLCPs, and outlines the potential benefits of control measures.

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On Ozone Day, UN Highlights Urgency of Climate Challenge[viewed]

The UN Secretariat of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (Montreal Protocol) celebrated the International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer, on 16 September 2014. The UN marked this year's Day under the theme ‘Ozone Layer Protection: The Mission Goes On.'

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US State Department, USAID Seek Green Chemistry Innovations[viewed]

The US State Department, together with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and corporate partner NIKE have issued a "global challenge" seeking innovations in green chemistry. The LAUNCH platform aims to identify and foster breakthrough ideas in the field of green chemistry.

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Event: Consultation Workshop on Draft Technical Guidelines for Sound Management of Spent Lead-acid Batteries[viewed]

The North American Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) will hold a workshop of officials and invited experts from Canada, Mexico and the US to examine a draft of technical guidelines for the sound management of spent lead-acid batteries (SLABs) prepared by a consultant that seek to identify operating best practices and technologies that foster environmentally sound management of SLAB collection, storage and recycling.

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