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By ROE News on 4/26/2016 1:38 AM
The Special Programme is among topics to be addressed in a new series of webinars informing governments on project application procedures to support the implementation of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm  (BRS) Conventions, the Minamata Convention and the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.

The Programme, for which a call for proposals is open until 4 July, aims to help provide financial support to developing countries or those with economies in transition for the implementation of chemicals and waste-related Instruments. The next such webinar session on the topic will take place on 28 April and can be accessed live or thereafter. Sessions will also take place in Spanish on 18 May and French and Russian...
By ROE News on 4/24/2016 10:34 PM

As national representatives gathered to pen to paper on the Paris Agreement to fight climate change, Earth Day was on Friday celebrated in Geneva with a medley of activities and statements cheering on the signatory countries.

The Paris climate deal was signed by 171 countries in New York and is the first ever universal and legally-binding accord to limit and deal with the harmful impacts of climate change. Earth Day has existed internationally since 2009 and been celebrated in the United States since 1970.

In Geneva, celebrations kicked off with an exhibition of paintings by Bolivian artist Mamani Mamani held at the Palais des Nations. The paintings of suns, indigenous mothers and other images in vibrant colours draw from Mamani Mamani’s Aymaran heritage and remind us to remain in harmony with the Earth.

Throughout the day, a range of activities were also organised by the City of Geneva celebrating our planet....
By ROE News on 4/6/2016 11:37 PM

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague and friend Mikhail Evteev, who served as Chief of the Operational Services Centre (OSC) of the United Nations Environment Programme in Geneva. Mikhail passed away suddenly on Saturday in Tel Aviv, with his wife by his side. He was only 52 years of age.

Mikhail started his career at UNEP in Nairobi as a young professional and worked his way up to his anchoring role in the Regional Office for Europe and the Office for Operations in Geneva.

One of the most remarkable and enduring professional achievements that Mikhail leaves behind is the establishment and consolidation of the Geneva-based Service Centre, which he built and led, and now forms the backbone to much of UNEP's work. The Centre provides a wide variety of support to programme management - including fund and finance operations, travel arrangements and coordination of services to UNEP offices across the...
By ROE News on 4/4/2016 4:38 AM

      4 - 8 April 2016 at the Centre International de Conférences Genève, Geneva 

The 197 parties to the Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer 37th Open-ended Working Group (OEWG37), assembled in Geneva today, will negotiate an amendment to the Protocol to govern the phase down of potent greenhouse gases - the hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).

Phasing down hydrofluorocarbons under the Montreal Protocol could prevent a global temperature rise of up to 0.4°C 

HFCs are chemicals used in air conditioning, refrigeration, foams and aerosols as replacements for many ozone-depleting substances that are being phased out under the Montreal Protocol. HFCs are potent greenhouse gases that contribute to the warming of the climate. 

Their emissions are growing rapidly, at a rate of about 7 per cent each year. If the current mix...
By ROE News on 4/1/2016 5:32 AM
Yesterday evening, ministers and government representatives from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo*, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia had a first opportunity to discuss the upcoming UN Environment Assembly (UNEA) with the Director and Regional Representative of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Mr Jan Dusik. Mr. Branimir Gvozdenović, Minister of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro, organised a working dinner together with Mr Dusik to foster an exchange of views and form a common approach among South East European leaders ahead of what we call the 'Parliament of the Environment' taking place on 23-27 May in Nairobi. 

During the dinner, ministers and their delegations heard more on the decisions that will be taken at the next session of the Assembly, which will reinforce environmental governance at all levels. Draft resolutions currently under negotiation already give a clear signal of the political will to see concrete steps taken in crucial areas such as the sound management of chemicals, increased protection of our oceans and fast progress on implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, to name but a few. ...
By ROE News on 3/17/2016 3:12 AM
A new series of videos, produced by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as part of the EaP-GREEN project, shows how organic food is the natural choice for animals and our environment. Why don't we follow in their footsteps? 

Animals instinctively opt for organic produce as they sense what is good for them - so let's go for the natural choice too! View the videos by clicking here:




Choosing to eat organic means looking after the environment better than by consuming conventional products. It also means choosing a healthier and more varied diet.  Organic produce...
By ROE News on 3/10/2016 8:10 AM
European colleges, skills institutions and universities have been invited to nominate their stories of staff and students working together for the environment and be awarded with a Green Gown held in high esteem by governments and funding councils.

The Global Universities Partnership on Environment and Sustainability (GUPES) Green Gown Awards are supported by UNEP and the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges.

The European award for 2016 is themed ‘student engagement,’ with examples called for from staff and students demonstrated to have worked in partnership to achieve a green goal. Actions to be rewarded could include social media projects, environmental awareness campaigns or volunteering activities for example.

Applications are welcome until 12 noon GMT on 31 May 2016 from all tertiary education institutions that are members of the GUPES partnership.

By ROE News on 3/2/2016 11:17 PM
UNEP in Europe is marking World Wildlife Day with the planet’s smallest seal under the spotlight.

The United Nations World Wildlife Day 2016 (WWD2016) will be celebrated on 3 March under the theme ‘The future of wildlife is in our hands’. UNEP in Europe is marking the day by sending an alarm call to the world for better protection of the Caspian seal.

This marine species - the only mammal living in the Caspian Sea and the smallest seal on Earth – is in danger of extinction: its population has declined by 90% over the last 100 years and only around 100,000 now exist.

Recent satellite images show that this winter has been one of the worst on record for Caspian Sea ice, with only around 10% of what might be expected at this time of year – meaning it is very likely that a high proportion of pups born this season will have perished.

The Caspian seal is more than a symbol for the region, it is one of the best indicators...
By ROE News on 2/25/2016 7:20 AM
UNEP today launched the first ever nationwide efforts to identify and map contaminated soil sites for remediation in the Republic of Serbia.

The project takes place thanks to the support of the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea, which is contributing USD 400,000 for capacity building as part of the project; and the Global Environment Fund (GEF), which is providing USD 780,000 to cover broader costs.

Locations linked to energy production and the chemical or metal industries are among those to undergo closer examination for evidence of soil pollution. A national map will then be produced of contaminated sites and officials trained on monitoring and reporting so that clean-up efforts can get underway. 

The decision to establish a list of polluted locations in Serbia for further investigation will be officially taken tomorrow at a steering committee meeting by UNEP together...
By ROE News on 2/17/2016 1:36 AM
UNEP is among bodies providing technical advice for the overhaul of Belgrade’s district heating system, with the aim of securing major efficiency gains.   

A wide range of stakeholders – including the private sector and finance institutions – were consulted in Belgrade’s Hotel Metropol today on possible ways of rehabilitating and integrating renewables in the city’s district heating system.

The network is 86% powered by natural gas, but Belgrade is eager to explore other sources of energy, including possibilities of cogeneration.    

“We are very happy that our determination to join the Global Initiative has brought concrete results,” said Ms. Stana Bozovic, State Secretary of Republic of Serbia, at today’s event.

UNEP’s Global District Energy in Cities Initiative, of which Belgrade is...

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