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Montreal Protocol Parties Make Progress Towards HFC Amendment[viewed]

Participants at a series of three meetings under the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed proposed amendments to phase down hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs), concluding work on generating solutions to the stated challenges contained in the Dubai Pathway on HFCs, with an agreement on possible funding solutions. However, Parties were unable to conclude all of their work, and suspended the 38th Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 38).

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GEO-6 Regional Assessment: Addressing Vulnerability Key for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

Addressing increasing vulnerability is a key priority for the Asia and Pacific region, according to the UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) 'Sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6): Regional Assessment for Asia and the Pacific.' The report's analysis of air, land, biota and ecosystems, freshwater, coasts and oceans, and waste in the region finds increasing environmental degradation and negative impacts on human well-being.

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UNSG Candidates Highlight Gender, UN Reform, Inclusiveness[viewed]

UN General Assembly (UNGA) President Mogens Lykketoft held a Townhall event for candidates for the position of next UN Secretary-General to discuss their vision. The event was globally televised live by Al Jazeera Media Network. Ten of the 12 current candidates participated, discussing the challenges and opportunities facing the UN, and taking questions from UN Member States and the public, both from the floor and via video.

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UNEP Report Illustrates Plastics in the Oceans, Underscores Urgent Need for Action[viewed]

The world needs “to act now to avoid living in a sea of plastic by mid-century,” stresses a publication by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and GRID-Arendal. The report, ‘Marine Litter Vital Graphics,' which summarizes current knowledge on plastic litter in the oceans and highlights areas where more research is needed, predicts 33 billion tonnes of plastic will accumulate around the planet by 2050 if current trends continue.

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UNEP Expands Access to Information on MEAs[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has expanded access to information on multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs) through the online portal, InforMEA, which houses information on more than 60 treaties, 10,000 conference of the parties (COP) decisions, 5,000 national reports, 500 national plans, 3,700 national contacts, 3,000 websites and over 500 searchable terms.

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EU Environment Ministers Agree on Actions on Wildlife Trafficking, Circular Economy and Climate Change[viewed]

At a meeting of the Environment Council of the European Union (EU), Environment Ministers agreed on a number of statements and action plans related to wildlife trafficking, the circular economy and marine plastic pollution, and climate change.

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Erik Solheim Begins Tenure as UNEP Executive Director[viewed]

Erik Solheim, former Minister of Environment and International Development, Norway, assumed his position as Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), pledging to focus his tenure on tackling environmental issues affecting human health, and environmental factors leading to conflict and migration.

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South African Ratification Brings Ban Amendment Closer to Entry into Force[viewed]

South Africa has deposited its instrument of ratification for the Ban Amendment to the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes, becoming the 87th Party to the Convention to do so and bringing the Amendment closer to entry into force. The instrument was filed on 24 June 2016 with the UN Secretary-General in his capacity as depository for the Convention.

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Event: Third Meeting of the UN Environment Assembly[viewed]

The third meeting of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA 3), will be held, on an exceptional basis, from 4-6 December 2017, with the high-level segment taking place on 5-6 December, and the Open Ended Committee of Permanent Representatives from 29 November to 1 December.

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Event: First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury[viewed]

The First Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Minamata Convention on Mercury (COP1) of the Minamata Convention will be held within one year of entry into force of the Convention, and is thus expected to take place in September 2017.

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