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UNECE Publishes Environmental Performance Reviews for Belarus, Georgia[viewed]

The third Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) of Belarus and Georgia assess the countries' performance on environmental and economic targets and international environmental commitments, with the aim of guiding improvements in environmental management and integrating environmental considerations into economic sectors. The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) published the reviews, which also highlight challenges and successes in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and provide recommendations for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Pacific POPs Release Reduction Project Takes Stock at Mid-Term[viewed]

The Steering Committee of the Pacific Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) Release Reduction Project 2013-2018 has assessed progress, strategic gaps and next steps. The project seeks to reduce POPs releases in the 14 Pacific Island countries that are Parties to the Stockholm Convention by improving solid and hazardous wastes management.

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Policy Update #6: Learning Dynamism: Understanding the Stockholm Convention on POPs[viewed]

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) is considered an example of success among multilateral environmental agreements (MEAs). Initially, the Stockholm Convention listed twelve POPs, often referred to as the “dirty dozen.” These pesticides, industrial chemicals and by-products, were largely considered “dead” chemicals, because they were, with the exception of DDT, not in active production nor use. Over time, however, parties to the Stockholm Convention agreed to add eleven more chemicals, including some that were in production and use at the time.

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OEWG 37 Discusses Challenges for HFC Amendment[viewed]

The 37th meeting of the Open-Ended Working Group (OEWG 37) of the parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer discussed challenges involved with adopting a Protocol amendment regarding hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs). The Group reached agreement on compromise draft text for a formal exemption for high-ambient temperature (HAT) countries, and a linked deferral procedure, but suspended the session without completion of other matters, including on financing.

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Event: First Meeting of the SAICM Intersessional Process[viewed]

Through its Resolution IV/4, the fourth session of the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM4) held in September 2015 decided to initiate an intersessional process to prepare recommendations regarding the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) and the sound management of chemicals and waste beyond 2020 for consideration by ICCM5, expected to be held in 2020.

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Event: Quadrennial Ozone Symposium 2016[viewed]

The next Quadrennial Ozone Symposium will include scientific papers on all aspects of atmospheric ozone such as: tropospheric ozone; past and future budgets and trends and long-range transport; observations and budgets of trace constituents related to atmospheric ozone; and ozone chemistry, sources, sinks and budgets.

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UNEP Special Programme Calls for Proposals on Chemicals and Waste[viewed]

The UN Environment Programme's (UNEP) Special Programme on chemicals and waste is soliciting capacity-building project proposals involving developing countries and countries with economies in transition.

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LAC Environment Ministers Agree to Cooperate on Climate Change, SDGs, Chemicals[viewed]

At a regional forum held in preparation for the Second UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-2), ministers of environment from Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on arrangements for cooperation on climate, air quality, and chemicals and waste. They also called for fast, ambitious and integrated action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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SPREP, WHO, EU Report Warns of Asbestos Risks in Pacific SIDS[viewed]

A report by the Pacific Hazardous Waste Management (PacWaste) project coordinated by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme (SPREP) warns of asbestos risks among Pacific island countries. The report, titled 'The State of Asbestos in the Pacific,' was released for Global Asbestos Awareness Week (1-7 April), in partnership with the EU and World Health Organization (WHO).

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Global Methane Forum, Related Events Explore Methane Abatement Strategies[viewed]

The Global Methane Initiative (GMI) and the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) co-hosted the Global Methane Forum, which focused on international methane reduction, highlighting methane reduction technologies, policies and opportunities, and addressing finance issues. The Forum was directly followed by the CCAC second annual Science Policy Dialogue on Short-Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs), the CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative Workshop and the CCAC Working Group Meeting.

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