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World Resources Forum Discusses Economic and Environmental Linkages[viewed]

The 2014 World Resources Forum (WRF) brought together over 1,000 participants from 40 countries and international organizations to share knowledge and ideas on how to increase resource productivity, promote sustainable consumption and production (SCP) and mitigate climate change, while still maintaining and improving the quality of life for people everywhere.

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UNIDO Refrigeration Project in Viet Nam to Address Climate Change and Ozone Layer Depletion[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has launched an industrial refrigeration project titled ‘Reducing greenhouse gas and ozone-depleting substance emissions through technology transfer in industrial refrigeration' in Hanoi, Viet Nam, to help the country address climate change and ozone layer depletion challenges.

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EMG SOM20 Focuses on UN System-Wide Strategy on Environment, SDGs[viewed]

During the 20th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM20) of the Environment Management Group (EMG), senior management of 38 UN agencies, multilateral agreement bodies and intergovernmental financial institutions focused on coherence in environmental programming, sustainable operations and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The senior officials also undertook important discussions on the Group's contribution to the preparation of a UN System-Wide Strategy on the Environment.

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UNIDO Continues Technical Training on Environmental Projects for CIS Countries[viewed]

The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) has organized a capacity building workshop for countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) on mitigating global environmental problems. The event provided 25 participants from the Ministries of Environment, Energy and Ecology of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Russian Federation and Ukraine with tools to enhance the quality of project submissions to the Global Environment Facility (GEF).

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Event: Arctic Council: Senior Arctic Officials Meeting[viewed]

The Senior Arctic Officials (SAOs) of the Arctic Council will discuss progress toward the Council's priority objectives under Canada's chairmanship and review the Council's ongoing work.

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Event: INTERPOL Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee Meetings[viewed]

INTERPOL will host the Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Committee, together with the Wildlife Crime, Fisheries Crime and Pollution Crime Working Groups.

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OSCE Trains Customs Officers to Detect Illegal Trade in Wildlife, Hazardous Waste[viewed]

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) organized a regional workshop to build the capacity of customs authorities from Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus in detecting the illegal trafficking of hazardous waste, pesticides, ozone-depleting substances and endangered plants and animals.

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SPREP Announces Plans for Improved Management of Shipping Waste[viewed]

The Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) has announced a plan developed together with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) and the International Maritime Organization (IMO), for reception facilities in Pacific ports to ensure the safe off-loading of waste from ships. The Regional Reception Facilities Plan was endorsed by the 12th meeting of the Convention for the Protection of the Natural Resources and Environment of the South Pacific Region and Related Protocols (the Noumea Convention), which concluded in Majuro, Marshall Islands, on 26 September 2014.

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Regional Seas Global Meeting Agrees on Oceans Roadmap, Marine Litter Actions, Suggests SDG Targets [viewed]

Participants agreed on a ‘visioning roadmap' for the conservation and sustainable use of the world's oceans at the 16th Global Meeting of the Regional Seas Conventions and Action Plans (RSCAPs). The ten-year roadmap addresses extraction of living and non-living marine resources; governance; impacts of a changing climate; ocean acidification; and pollution.

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BRS Newsletter Highlights Technical Assistance in Caribbean, Asia and Africa[viewed]

The Basel, Stockholm and Rotterdam (BRS) Conventions Secretariat has released its sixth Technical Assistance Newsletter. The October 2014 newsletter includes brief updates on recent technical assistance activities, news, and upcoming events.

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