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UNIDO Continues Technical Training on Environmental Projects for CIS Countries[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a capacity building workshop for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on mitigating global environmental problems. The event provided 25 participants from the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Ecology of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine with tools to enhance the quality of project submissions to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Meetings[viewed]

INTERPOL will host the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee, together with the Wildlife Crime, Fisheries Crime and Pollution Crime Working Groups.

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OSCE Trains Customs Officers to Detect Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Hazardous Waste[viewed]

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organized a regional workshop to build the capacity of customs authorities from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus in detecting the illegal trafficking of hazardous waste, pesticides, ozone-depleting substances and endangered plants and animals.

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SPREP Announces Plans for Improved Management of Shipping Waste[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced a plan developed together with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for reception facilities in Pacific ports to ensure the safe off-loading of waste from ships. The Regional Reception Facilities Plan was endorsed by the 12th meeting of the Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region and Related Protocols (the Noumea Convention), which concluded in Majuro, Marshall Islands, on 26 September 2014.

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Regional Seas Global Meeting Agrees on Oceans Roadmap, Marine Litter Actions, Suggests SDG Targets [viewed]

Participants agreed on a ‘visioning roadmap' for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs). The ten-year roadmap addresses extraction of living and non-living marine resources; governance; impacts of a changing climate; ocean acidification; and pollution.

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BRS Newsletter Highlights Technical Assistance in Caribbean, Asia and Africa[viewed]

The Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam (BRS) Conventions Secretariat has released its sixth Technical Assistance Newsletter. The October 2014 newsletter includes brief updates on recent technical assistance activities, news, and upcoming events.

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BRS Launches Search Tool for Technical, Scientific Publications[viewed]

Aiming to improve knowledge management within the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions, the BRS Secretariat has launched an online search tool for finding its many technical and scientific publications. The tool enables users to search by key word, life cycle phase, or chemical/waste name.

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India, US Establish Strategic Partnership on Clean Energy and Climate Change[viewed]

The US and India have agreed to a series of sustainable energy and climate change joint measures under a new strategic partnership on energy security, clean energy and climate change. The announcement was made during the first bilateral summit of India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Barack Obama, which took place from 26-30 September in Washington DC, US. The two leaders pledged to cooperate on reducing the consumption and production of hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) by organizing a meeting of a bilateral task force on HFCs in advance of the next meeting of the Montreal Protocol.

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EEA Study on F-gases Reports Falling Net Supply, Increasing Imports[viewed]

A report by the European Environment Agency (EEA) shows that, in 2013, the net supply of fluorinated gases (F-gases) in the EU fell by 1.4% measured in carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e). While production of the gases decreased, imports increased by 12%. An EU regulation on F-gases, applied from 2015 onwards, will aim to reduce related emissions by two-thirds from 2010 levels, by 2030.

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SPREP Reports on Healthcare Waste in 14 Countries[viewed]

As part of a baseline survey for the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project, the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has released national assessments of healthcare waste management in 14 Pacific countries. The survey results will be used to identify priority interventions for the Pacific region, as part of the €7.85 million project.

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