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IMO Regional Workshop Increases Understanding of London Protocol on Marine Dumping[viewed]

Environmental and maritime authorities from nine countries discussed the implications of ratifying, implementing and enforcing the Protocol to the Convention on the Prevention of Marine Pollution by Dumping of Wastes and Other Matter (the London Convention) at a three-day regional workshop in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Report Estimates Endocrine Disrupters' Social Costs[viewed]

The Nordic Council of Ministers has released a report detailing the socioeconomic effects of endocrine disrupting (ED) substances on the male reproductive system. The report, 'The Cost of Inaction,' outlines research finding that ED substances could have substantial economic and health impacts on society.

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Montreal Protocol MOP 26 Adopts 26 Substantive Decisions[viewed]

The Tenth Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer (VC COP 10) and the 26th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP MOP 26) have concluded in Paris, France, with MOP 26 adopting substantive decisions on: essential-use exemptions (EUEs) and critical-use exemptions (CUEs); availability of recovered, recycled or reclaimed halons; and a Technology and Economic Assessment Panel (TEAP) report on alternatives to ozone depleting substances.

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Event: ICCM 4[viewed]

The fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM 4) is tentatively scheduled to be held in Geneva, nine months after the second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group.

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Event: Joint Meeting of the Bureaux of the Conferences of the Parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions[viewed]

This meeting is expected to agree to the organization of work of the upcoming Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm COPs and other organizational matters related to the back-to-back meetings.

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GEF Marks Stockholm Convention's 10-Year Anniversary[viewed]

On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the entry into force of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) published an interview with Ibrahima Sow, Senior Environmental Specialist and Cluster Coordinator, Climate Change and Chemicals, GEF.

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

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]

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

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FAO Spotlights Mozambique's Cancellation of Highly Hazardous Pesticides[viewed]

The Government of Mozambique has issued a declaration cancelling the registration of many Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs), according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), which is working closely with the Ministry of Agriculture to deregister HHPs. HHPs are products that present particularly high levels of acute or chronic hazards to human health or the environment due to their inherent chemical properties.

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GEF Details Minamata Convention Funding Strategy[viewed]

The latest issue of the Global Environment Facility's (GEF) online magazine outlines the GEF's role in funding programs aimed at addressing chemical pollution and reducing mercury contamination. As part of the financial mechanism of the Minamata Convention on Mercury, GEF will scale up its international activities in an effort to eliminate mercury contamination.

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