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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly[viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.

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Event: First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury[viewed]

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017.

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PacWaste Provides Incinerators for Heathcare Waste[viewed]

The Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has installed and commissioned four of 26 state-of-the-art healthcare waste incinerators. PacWaste is providing the incinerators in response to a 2013 survey finding that none of the region's key hospitals and health clinics met minimum standards for proper management of hazardous healthcare wastes, in large part due to the lack of appropriate incinerators and training in best practices.

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PacWaste Survey Identifies Support for Asbestos Ban[viewed]

The Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) released the results of a survey showing that young Pacific islanders report having little or no knowledge about asbestos and its associated health risks. The survey also reveals broad support for a regional ban on imports of materials containing asbestos.

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Member States Elect Peter Thomson, Fiji, as UNGA 71 President[viewed]

The UN General Assembly (UNGA) elected Peter Thomson, Permanent Representative of Fiji to the UN, as the President of the 71st session of the UNGA. Thomson will replace Mogens Lykketoft of Denmark, who is serving as the President of UNGA 70.

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Event: Informal Group on Household Wastes[viewed]

Decision BC-12/13 by the Basel Convention's Conference of Parties (COP) called for the Informal Group on Household Waste to develop a workplan on the environmentally sound management (ESM) of household waste with a focus on the needs of developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

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Event: Fifth Meeting of the Expert Working Group on Environmentally Sound Management[viewed]

The Basel Convention Expert Working Group will discuss, inter alia: pilot projects to demonstrate environmentally sound management (ESM); draft guidance to assist parties in developing efficient strategies for achieving the prevention and minimization of the generation of hazardous and other wastes and their disposal; manuals on extended producer responsibility (EPR) and financing systems for ESM; and development of an internet portal for information gathering and sharing.

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Event: Regional Workshop on Enhancing Capacities for the ESM of E-waste in Eastern Europe and Central Asia Countries[viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions and funded by the European Union (EU), this workshop targets national officials in 12 countries in Eastern Europe and Central Asia to discuss the challenges and solutions related to transboundary movements and the environmentally sound management (ESM) of electrical and electronic equipment waste (e-waste), discuss best practices in ESM of e-waste, and disseminate the technical guidelines and guidance document developed under the Basel Convention and the Partnership for Action on Computing Equipment (PACE), as well as information on policy tools, certification schemes and regional initiatives on ESM of e-wastes.

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Event: Global Workshop on Enhancing National Cooperation and Coordination for the Implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions[viewed]

Organized by the Secretariat of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions and funded by Switzerland, this workshop aims to facilitate the establishment and strengthening of existent national institutional structures and coordination mechanisms, and to provide a platform to share best practices and lessons learned related to substantive and procedural issues encountered by parties in implementing the BRS Conventions.

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Europe Ministers Translate 2030 Agenda into Concrete Commitments on Green Economy, Clean Air, ESD[viewed]

Participants at the Eighth Environment for Europe (EfE) Ministerial Conference adopted a Ministerial Declaration and agreed on a number of outcomes related to the green economy, air quality and human health, and education for sustainable development (ESD). During the Conference, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the sixth Global Environmental Outlook (GEO-6) Assessment for the pan-European region.

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