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Seychelles Environment Minister Appointed BRS Executive Secretary[viewed]

Rolph Payet, Seychelles Minister for Environment and Energy, has been appointed Executive Secretary of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions. Payet is expected to assume his post in October 2014.

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IPEN Spotlights Central and Eastern European Activities[viewed]

The International Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Elimination Network (IPEN) has released a newsletter spotlighting Central and Eastern European members' activities. The newsletter includes information about nongovernmental organization (NGO) activities in Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Kazakhstan, Macedonia and Serbia.

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UNEP Foresight Report Identifies Emerging Issues for SIDS[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has published a report on priority issues for small island developing States (SIDS). ‘Emerging Issues for Small Island Developing States: Results of the UNEP Foresight Process' is one of UNEP's contributions to the Third International SIDS Conference convening in Apia, Samoa, in September 2014, and it is aligned with one of the thematic issues of the Conference: “identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development of SIDS and ways and means to address them.”

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OECD Releases Survey on Risks of Obsolete Pesticides[viewed]

As part of its series on pesticides, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Working Group on Pesticides has published the findings of a survey on the risks of obsolete pesticides, including results from 11 OECD countries: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Finland, France, Ireland, Japan, New Zealand, Switzerland, UK and US.

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UNEP Highlights ASGM Mercury Recovery Project[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Global Mercury Partnership has reported on the results of a joint project with the Blacksmith Institute and Yayasan Tambuhak Sinta, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The project trained artisanal and small-scale gold-miners (ASGM) in Indonesia to use better mercury recovery techniques.

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Mercury Secretariat Hosts Francophone Workshops for Ratification, Early Implementation[viewed]

The Minamata Convention on Mercury Secretariat, together with the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in Senegal, hosted two subregional Francophone workshops in Dakar, Senegal, focused on the ratification and early implementation of the Minamata Convention.

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SAICM Releases Stakeholder Comments on EPPP as an Emerging Policy Issue[viewed]

The Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) has released comments received from stakeholders on the nomination of Environmentally Persistent Pharmaceutical Pollutants (EPPP) as an emerging policy issue, submitted by the Government of Peru, together with the International Society of Doctors for the Environment. The issue will be considered by the Second meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG2) of SAICM, scheduled to convene in December 2014.

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UNEP, Japan Launch Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership[viewed]

The Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Japanese Ministry of Environment have launched 'the Asia Pacific Clean Air Partnership,' aimed at bringing together existing regional initiatives to provide clear policy options, based on the best science, to support action on air pollution.

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Event: Green Standards Week[viewed]

The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) is organizing Green Standards Week under the theme, 'Setting the Vision for Smart Sustainable Cities'.

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Event: 10th WTO Ministerial Conference[viewed]

The 10th World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference is expected to meet in December 2015.

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