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BRS Secretariat Releases September 2014 Technical Assistance Newsletter[viewed]

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

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UNEP IETC Spotlights Waste Biomass to Energy Projects[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) International Environment Technology Centre (IETC) has published its August 2014 Newsletter spotlighting projects on converting waste agricultural biomass to energy. UNEP IETC assists countries to build local capacity to both identify and implement technologies for converting waste biomass into energy, assessing potential for resource conservation and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction.

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UNEP, WMO Assessment Finds Ozone Layer Could Recover to 1980 Levels[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) have released the ‘Assessment for Decision-Makers,' a summary of the Scientific Assessment of Ozone Depletion 2014, which was prepared and reviewed by 282 scientists from 36 countries. The Assessment finds that thanks to the implementation of the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, the ozone layer is expected to recover to 1980 benchmark levels.

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UNEP Hosts South American Workshop on Ratification, Early Implementation of Minamata Convention[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with support from the Government of Brazil, hosted a workshop on the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention on Mercury. Attended by delegates from 10 South American countries, the workshop was held in Brasília, Brazil, from 2-4 September 2014.

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Event: Introductory Workshop on Industrial Chemicals under the Rotterdam Convention for the Caribbean[viewed]

The Basel Convention Regional Centre for the Caribbean Region (BCRC-Caribbean) and the Secretariat for the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions (SBRSC) will host this regional workshop for key personnel in the management of industrial chemicals in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Belize, Cuba, Dominica, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, and Trinidad and Tobago.

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Event: Dresden Nexus Conference 2015[viewed]

The Dresden Nexus Conference (DNC) 2015 will convene under the theme 'Global Change, Sustainable Development Goals and the Nexus Approach,' and include participants from UN organizations, UN University (UNU) institutes, governments, international organizations, as well as individual researchers and representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

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GEF CEO Announces Largest-Ever Financing for SIDS[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Naoko Ishii has announced US$256 million in funding for projects on biodiversity, chemicals and wastes, forests and capacity building. The announcement was made on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), during which the GEF also showcased its work with SIDS.

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Event: CCAC High Level Assembly[viewed]

The fifth Climate and Clean Air Coalition to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (CCAC) High Level Assembly will provide the opportunity for CCAC ministers and heads of partner organizations to: be informed of the CCAC's progress; provide strategic direction to the CCAC's ambition and work over the coming years; and be updated on policy-relevant and scientific developments on short-lived climate pollutants.

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UNEP, SPREP Open First Sub-regional Office[viewed]

UNEP will use the office to build on its existing Pacific work on ozone-depleting substances, marine and coastal management, invasive species, and waste management. The office also will be geared to support Pacific countries' preparations for the post-2015 period and implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Guest Article #7: Reflections on the Chemicals and Wastes Landscape Towards 2020[viewed]

The slowdown of activities during a warm August (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) provides a moment to reflect on the current state of the international chemicals and wastes landscape before the more usual hectic pace quickly resumes, with a number of key events taking place on the international calendar during the remaining months of 2014 and into 2015.

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