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OEWG 2 Advances Preparations for Chemicals Management Conference[viewed]

The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG 2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) formulated a message on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and chemicals management to convey to the UN General Assembly (UNGA). It also agreed to initiate a process to forward a proposal on highly hazardous pesticides to the fourth session of the ICCM, among other preparations for ICCM 4, which is tentatively scheduled for 27 September-3 October 2015.

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UNEP Report: Increased Transparency on Chemicals Benefits Business[viewed]

A report from the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has underscored the benefits for companies taking an active approach to chemicals management in products and supply chains, given the growing demand for increased transparency on chemicals across the supply chain from consumers and retailers. This is driving companies to disclose information about the hazardous chemicals in their products and to make safer choices, the report finds.

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Event: 16th International Conference of the Pacific Basin Consortium for Environment and Health[viewed]

This conference will meet under the theme “Human and Environmental Health Risk Factors in the Pacific Basin,” and cover such areas as: hazardous waste management and remediation; E-waste; air pollution; persistent toxic substances; emerging pollutants; climate change; and children's environmental health.

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European Programmes Aim to Decouple Waste Generation, Economic Growth[viewed]

According to a report by the European Environment Agency (EEA), 18 of 31 had countries adopted waste prevention programmes by the end of 2013, as required by the EU Waste Framework Directive. Most of the programmes approach waste prevention through an aim to "decouple" waste generation from economic growth.

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

This expert working group of the Basel Convention is expected to consider the intersessional work undertaken to further elaborate and implement actions on short-term work items for implementing environmentally sound management.

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Event: Meeting of the Small Intersessional Working Group on Technical Guidelines on E-waste[viewed]

This meeting will consider and aims to advance the work on the draft technical guidelines on transboundary movements of electronic and electrical waste and used electrical and electronic equipment, particularly regarding the distinction between waste and non-waste under the Basel Convention.

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ICCM OEWG2 to Review Progress Towards 2020 Goal of Sound Chemicals Management[viewed]

The second meeting of the Open-ended Working Group (OEWG2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM) has opened, and will consider the implementation, development and enhancement of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals (SAICM).

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SAICM Secretariat Issues Documents for ICCM OEWG 2[viewed]

Ahead of the second meeting of the Open Ended Working Group (OEWG 2) of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM), the Secretariat of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has released a set of documents, including on orientation and guidance for achieving sound management of chemicals, regional priorities, and the sound management of chemicals and waste in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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World Bank Approves Solid Waste Management Project in China[viewed]

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors has approved a Municipal Solid Waste Management Project, with a US$12 million grant from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) to China. The project aims to improve the environmental performance of municipal solid waste incinerators through capacity building and demonstration of best available techniques (BAT) and best environmental practices (BEP) in accordance with the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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Conference Addresses Solid Waste Management Technology in Asia-Pacific[viewed]

The Ninth International Conference on Solid Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT 9) met under the theme 'Towards Closed Loop of Waste Management' and addressed: e-waste policy; national-level policy regarding fluorescent lamp collection and treatment; hazardous waste management; opportunities and challenges for contaminated sites management and remediation; solid waste disposal technology and industry development; promotion of technical assistance and technology transfer in Asia and the Pacific; Basel Convention implementation in Asia and the Pacific; and the management and treatment technologies of solid waste, such as hazardous waste, e-waste, biomass, industrial waste and contaminated sites.

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