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Montreal Protocol Inches Closer to Negotiations on HFC Phase-down[viewed]

The 36th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 36) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer (MP) devoted most of its time to addressing hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), a group of greenhouse gases (GHG) widely used in the refrigeration, air conditioning, foam and aerosol sector as a substitute for ozone-depleting substances (ODS).

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Event: 4th Working Group of the Parties to the Protocol on PRTRs[viewed]

This meeting is being organized by the Secretariat of the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Protocol on PRTRs) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), and is convening as part of "International PRTR week".

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Event: 2nd Global Round Table on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs)[viewed]

This event is convening within the context of International PRTR week, and is being convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, in consultation with the UN International Training and Research Institute and the UN Environment Programme.

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IRENA Conference Launches Martinique Action Plan for Renewables Deployment on SIDS[viewed]

A conference organized by the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has launched an action plan to accelerate the adoption of renewable energy in small island developing states (SIDS). The Martinique Action Plan outlines practical steps for deploying renewable energy resources and technologies in SIDS. It also seeks to demonstrate commitment of 27 SIDS and 19 development partners to the IRENA of SIDS Lighthouses Initiative in the run-up to the 2015 UN Climate Change Conference.

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Guest Article #11: IOMC Reflects on its First 20 Years and Highlights 20 Achievements[viewed]

The year 2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the Inter-Organization Programme for the Sound Management of Chemicals (IOMC), which now brings together nine intergovernmental organizations actively involved in chemical safety.

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Event: Eleventh Meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC11)[viewed]

The eleventh meeting of the Chemical Review Committee (CRC) of the Rotterdam Convention will be back-to-back with the eleventh meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention (POPRC).

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Event: Workshop on the Chemicals in Products Programme[viewed]

The Workshop will focus on preparations for presenting the proposal for a Chemicals in Products (CiP) Programme, within the context of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), to the fourth session of the International Conference of Chemicals Management (ICCM4) slated for 28 September - 2 October 2015.

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Event: IAEG-SDGs - Second Meeting[viewed]

The second meeting of the Inter-agency and Expert Group on the Sustainable Development Goal Indicators (IAEG-SDGs) is tentatively set for 26-28 October 2015, as discussed in the Group's first meeting in June 2015.

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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.

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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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