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International Mother Earth Day Celebrated around the World[viewed]

In celebration of Earth Day, multilateral institutions and organizations worldwide held public concerts and forums, revealed a 'forest pavilion,' and released special newsletters and statements, among many other commemorative activities. The UN kicked off its Earth Day events with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaking at the Global Citizen Earth Day Concert on 18 April in Washington DC, US, where he told the crowd, "Take your passion and compassion and build a better, sustainable world."

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E-waste Reaches Over 41 Million Tonnes in 2014, According to UNU Monitor[viewed]

The UN University Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) released a report outlining the international e-waste challenge, and chronicling progress in establishing specialized e-waste collection and treatment. According to the report, ‘The Global E-waste Monitor 2014: Quantities, Flows and Resources,' discarded e-waste reached 41.8 million tonnes in 2014. Less than 20% is estimated to have been properly recycled.

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SAICM Releases Draft Proposal for Action on Highly Hazardous Pesticides[viewed]

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has released a draft proposal for action to address highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), for the consideration of SAICM stakeholders. The proposal was developed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the World Health Organization (WHO), in response to a request by the second meeting of the SAICM Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 2) to develop a proposal on HHPs, for consideration at the fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 4).

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Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint Announces 2020 Elimination Goal[viewed]

The Global Alliance to Eliminate Lead Paint (GAELP) has announced a goal of eliminating lead paint internationally by 2020. The announcement was made on Global Citizen 2015 Earth Day, during a celebration in Washington DC, US.

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Wreck Removal Convention Enters into Force[viewed]

The Nairobi International Convention on the Removal of Wrecks, adopted in 2007, entered into force on 14 April 2015. Under the Convention, for wrecks deemed to be a hazard by posing an impediment to navigation or expected to cause harm to the marine environment, liability is placed with the owners to locate, mark and remove wrecks.

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WHO Chemical Risk Assessment Network Updates on Nanomaterial, CSAF Projects[viewed]

The World Health Organization (WHO) Chemical Risk Assessment Network has issued updates on network projects including: review of chemical-specific adjustment factors (CSAF) in risk assessment; and assessing immunotoxicity risk associated with exposure to nanomaterials.

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Guest Article #10: Highly Hazardous Pesticides: Finding Alternatives and Reducing Risk by 2020[viewed]

Participants at the second meeting of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management Open-ended Working Group requested the FAO, UNEP and WHO to develop a proposal on Highly Hazardous Pesticides, with multi-stakeholder input, and to present it to the Fourth International Conference on Chemicals Management later this year.

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Race for Water Odyssey, UNEP Event Spotlight Marine Litter[viewed]

Crew members of the 'Race for Water Odyssey (R4WO),' an expedition that is conducting the first global assessment of plastic pollution in the ocean, participated in a series of outreach events on marine litter in New York, the US, a stopover after crossing the Atlantic. These events included a plenary session on the Global Partnership on Marine Litter (GPML), which highlighted the need to clean up beaches, seas and oceans while also preventing new plastics and micro-plastics from entering the marine environment.

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SPREP, JICA Agree to Improve Waste and Pollution Management in Pacific[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) have signed an agreement to improve the Pacific region's waste and pollution management, monitoring and reporting through 2025.

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Meeting Discusses Prevention and Elimination of Plastic Waste from Marine Environment[viewed]

The Prince's Charities International Sustainability Unit (established by HRH The Prince of Wales) and the Global Ocean Commission convened a meeting titled 'Marine Plastic Waste and the Circular Economy: Building Long-term Solutions to Immediate Challenges' on 18 March 2015, in Washington, DC, US. Taking place at the Hay-Adams Hotel, one block from the White House, the event gathered approximately 90 representatives from business and industry, governments and civil society. In addition to statements, panel presentations and round-table dialogues, a high-level session convened in the afternoon to hear from HRH The Prince of Wales and Co-Chairs of the Global Ocean Commission David Miliband and José María Figueres.

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