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IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee Approves Polar Code Provisions[viewed]

The 67th session of the Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has approved provisions of the draft International Code for Ships Operating in Polar Waters (Polar Code), and adopted draft amendments to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships (MARPOL). The meeting also adopted resolutions supporting the International Convention for the Control and Management of Ships' Ballast Water and Sediments, 2004 (BWM Convention), and considered a greenhouse gas (GHGs) emissions study, energy efficiency in ships, and issues relating to fuel consumption and quality.

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GEF Council CSO Consultation Discusses Gender Policy, Public Involvement[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council consultation meeting with civil society organizations (CSOs) gathered approximately 150 participants to focus on four topics: a dialogue with the GEF CEO; gender mainstreaming and public involvement in GEF projects; the work of the GEF-CSO Network; and CSO engagement in the sixth replenishment of the GEF (GEF-6).

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CRC 10 Adopts Decisions on PCNs, SCCPs[viewed]

The tenth meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC 10) to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade adopted decisions on: methamidophos, fenthion (ultra low volume, at or below 640g active ingredient/L), polychlorinated naphthalenes, tributyltin, and short-chained chlorinated paraffins. CRC 10 took place from 22-24 October 2014, at the Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) in Rome, Italy.

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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages[viewed]

The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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UNIDO Refrigeration Project in Viet Nam to Address Climate Change and Ozone Layer Depletion[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched an industrial refrigeration project titled ‘Reducing greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance emissions through technology transfer in industrial refrigeration' in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to help the country address climate change and ozone layer depletion challenges.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs[viewed]

During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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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: Arctic Council: Senior Arctic Officials Meeting[viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) of the Arctic Council will discuss progress toward the Council's priority objectives under Canada's chairmanship and review the Council's ongoing work.

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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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