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Event: Senior Officials Meeting of UN Environment Management Group (SOM 22)[viewed]

The 22nd Senior Officials Meeting of the UN Environment Management Group (EMG) will take place on 22 September 2016, in New York, US.

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EMG Report: Sound Chemicals Management Can Support SDGs[viewed]

The UN Environment Management Group (EMG) released a synthesis report on the importance of sound chemicals management in contributing to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The report identifies ways UN agencies can support Member States in addressing chemical and chemical waste management, and ensuring implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) related to poverty eradication, biodiversity, agriculture, health, water, employment and sustainable industrialization.

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Event: High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) 2017[viewed]

The fifth High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), convening under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), will take place from 10-19 July 2017, including a three-day ministerial meeting of the Forum on 17-19 July.

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Event: 71st General Debate of UN General Assembly[viewed]

The General Debate of the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 71) will begin on 20 September 2016 and will take place during "up to 9 working days" (para.

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Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment[viewed]

Participants at a series of three meetings under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), concluding work on generating solutions to the stated challenges contained in the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, with an agreement on possible funding solutions. However, Parties were unable to conclude all of their work, and suspended the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38).

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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness[viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft held a Townhall event for candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General to discuss their vision. The event was globally televised live by Al Jazeera Media Network. Ten of the 12 current candidates participated, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the UN, and taking questions from UN Member States and the public, both from the floor and via video.

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UNEP Report Illustrates Plastics in the Oceans, Underscores Urgent Need for Action[viewed]

The world needs “to act now to avoid living in a sea of plastic by mid-century,” stresses a publication by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal. The report, ‘Marine Litter Vital Graphics,' which summarizes current knowledge on plastic litter in the oceans and highlights areas where more research is needed, predicts 33 billion tonnes of plastic will accumulate around the planet by 2050 if current trends continue.

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UNEP Expands Access to Information on MEAs[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has expanded access to information on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) through the online portal, InforMEA, which houses information on more than 60 treaties, 10,000 conference of the parties (COP) decisions, 5,000 national reports, 500 national plans, 3,700 national contacts, 3,000 websites and over 500 searchable terms.

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EU Environment Ministers Agree on Actions on Wildlife Trafficking, Circular Economy and Climate Change[viewed]

At a meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union (EU), Environment Ministers agreed on a number of statements and action plans related to wildlife trafficking, the circular economy and marine plastic pollution, and climate change.

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