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ITU Outlines State of e-waste Management in Latin America[viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has released a report outlining the state of e-waste management in Latin America. The report is the result of a study undertaken by ITU, in collaboration with other international and regional organizations, and offers guidance to the region regarding steps to be taken towards environmentally sustainable e-waste management.

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UNIDO, GEF Project to Reduce POPs Emissions in East and Southeast Asia[viewed]

Representatives from the Governments of Cambodia, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Mongolia, the Philippines and Viet Nam participated in the launch of a project to assist in the development of waste management systems and the reduction in emissions of persistent organic pollutants (POPs) generated from open waste burning processes.

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IMO MEPC 68 Adopts Environmental Provisions of Polar Code[viewed]

MEPC members also heard an update of the status of the UNFCCC negotiations. A proposal by the Marshall Islands that MEPC set a global target for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from international shipping was rejected by the Committee, which opted to possibly address the issue at a future session. The Committee did take up energy-efficiency requirements, adopting amendments to the 2014 guidelines on survey and certification of the Energy Efficiency Design Index (EEDI) and the 2013 interim guidelines for determining minimum propulsion power and for the level one minimum power lines assessment for bulk carriers and tankers.

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BRS COPs Adopt Over 50 Decisions[viewed]

The twelfth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal (BC COP12), the seventh meeting of the COP to the Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade (RC COP7), and the seventh meeting of the COP to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) (SC COP7) convened in Geneva, Switzerland, under the theme “From Science to Action: Working for a Safer Tomorrow.”

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UNEP Report: Illegally Traded and Dumped Waste Endangers Workers, Threatens Environment[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on illegal trading and dumping of waste around the world, including the finding that up to 90% of the world's electronic waste (e-waste) is illegally traded or dumped each year. It also notes that of the food produced for human consumption globally, approximately one third is lost or wasted. ‘Waste Crime - Waste Risks: Gaps in Meeting the Global Waste Challenge' was launched in Geneva, Switzerland, at the Conferences of the Parties (COP) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions.

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Mediterranean SCP Center Documents PCBs Applications, Advises on Waste Management[viewed]

The Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (MedPartnership) is a collective effort of environmental institutions and organizations and countries sharing the Mediterranean Sea to address the primary environmental challenges that Mediterranean marine and coastal ecosystems face.

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GEF, World Bank Support Contaminated Site Management in China[viewed]

The World Bank Group's Board of Executive Directors has approved a Contaminated Site Management Project to help clean up contaminated sites and improve soil pollution management in two provinces in China. Qing Wang, World Bank, said the project will help the Government of China sustainably manage contaminated sites and reduce environmental and health risks, while contributing to China's implementation of the Stockholm Convention (SC) on the Elimination of Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs).

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Event: United Nations Environment Programme Stakeholder Forum: Ottawa[viewed]

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for North America is hosting a stakeholder

forum at the University of Ottawa on 26 May 2015.

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Event: 10th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT)[viewed]

The 10th International Conference on Waste Management and Technology (ICWMT), which will meet under the theme ‘Towards Environmental Quality Improvement,' will include: keynote speeches on solid waste issues; the opportunity to share and exchange ideas; and technical field trips to e-waste and hazardous waste treatment plants.

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Chemicals COPs Address Basel Issues, Begin Second Week[viewed]

The meetings of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conferences of the Parties (COPs) convened throughout the week of 4 May 2015, in Geneva, Switzerland. On Saturday, 9 May, contact groups reported on: Basel Convention (BC) strategic matters; BC technical matters; Stockholm Convention (SC) compliance; technical assistance and financial resources; coordination and cooperation; and budget.

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