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Policy Update #3: Unraveling the International Framework on Marine Pollution and Oceanic Conservation[viewed]

The Earth's oceans are vast and complex ecosystems, and the legal framework for protecting them is similarly intricate, involving numerous international agreements. To support understanding of oceanic conservation mechanisms, InforMEA, a project of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Information and Knowledge Management Initiative, has created an e-course focusing on the international legal framework on marine pollution. It helps users to wade through a complicated governance “oceanscape” through the lens of agreements on marine pollution.

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Event: General Debate of the 70th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 70)[viewed]

The General Debate of the 70th Session of the General Assembly will take place from 28 September - 6 October 2015.

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Chemicals, Electronics Sectors Respond to COP Outcomes[viewed]

The chemicals and electronics sectors responded to decisions taken by the 12th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 12) to the Basel Convention and COP 7 to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Responding to Basel outcomes, the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI) expressed support for actions taken to distinguish legitimate shipments of used electronics for appropriate servicing from improper electronic waste shipments.

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EU Air Pollutant Emission Limits Exceeded[viewed]

A report published by the European Environment Agency (EEA) has concluded that air pollutant emissions in the EU continue to exceed legal limits, with preliminary 2013 data and a summary of data for 2010-2012 indicating that ten EU member States exceeded one or more of their emission ceilings for key four key pollutants.

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UN General Assembly Elects 70th President [viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) has elected Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark as President of its 70th session. Lykketoft, currently the Speaker of the Parliament of Denmark and former Finance and Foreign Minister, chose as the theme for UNGA 70 'The UN at 70 - a new commitment to action.'

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Event: 51st Meeting of the GEF Council[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Event: 50th Meeting of the GEF Council[viewed]

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas of biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, and sustainable forest management; and in the GEF's integrated approach programs on sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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InforMEA Releases Explanatory Video[viewed]

InforMEA, a UN Environment Programme (UNEP)-led project of the Multilateral Environment Agreement (MEA) Information and Knowledge Management (IKM) Initiative, has released a video explaining the key functions of InforMEA.

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UNEP Report Recommends Microplastics Ban[viewed]

On the occasion of World Oceans Day, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has released a publication recommending an eventual phase-out and ban of the use of microplastics in personal care products and cosmetics (PCCP).

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Event: 49th Meeting of the GEF Council[viewed]

The GEF Council meets twice a year to approve new projects with global environmental benefits in the GEF's focal areas (biodiversity, climate change mitigation, chemicals and waste, international waters, land degradation, sustainable forest management) and integrated approach pilots (sustainable cities, taking deforestation out of commodity chains, and sustainability and resilience for food security in Sub-Saharan Africa), and provide guidance to the GEF Secretariat and Agencies.

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