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Acronyms and abbreviations
ACIA Arctic Climate Impact Assessment
ACTO Amazon Cooperation Treaty Organization
AGM Annual General Meeting
AHEG-PARAM Ad Hoc Expert Group on Consideration with a View to Recommending the Parameters of a Mandate for Developing a Legal Framework on All Types of Forests (of UNFF)
AMAP Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme
AMCEN African Ministerial Conference on the Environment
ASMA Antarctic Specially Managed Area
ATCM Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting Basel Convention Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal
BPoA Barbados Programme of Action
CBD Convention on Biological Diversity
CDM Clean Development Mechanism
CEC Commission for Environmental Cooperation
CEDAW Convention on Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women
CFCs chlorofluorocarbons
CITES Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
CLRTAP Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution
CO2 carbon dioxide
COP conference of the parties
CSD Commission on Sustainable Development
DDT dichloro-diphenyl-trichloro-ethane
DHF dengue hemorrhagic fever
DPRK Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
DRC Democratic Republic of Congo
EC European Community
ECO Economic Cooperation Organization
EEA European Environment Agency
EPA Environmental Protection Agency (of the United States)
ESA European Space Agency
EVI Environment Vulnerability Index
EU European Union
FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
GCC Gulf Cooperation Council
GC/GMEF Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (of UNEP)
GCM General Circulation Model
GDP Gross Domestic Product
GEO Global Environment Outlook (of UNEP)
GHG greenhouse gas
GM genetically modified
GMOs genetically modified organisms
GRID Global Resource Information Database
HCFCs hydrochloroflourocarbons
HDI Human Development Index
HIV/AIDS human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
IAATO International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators
IAF International Arrangement on Forests
IAP International Action Programme
IASC International Arctic Science Committee
IEA International Energy Agency
ILO International Labour Organization
IMO International Maritime Organization
IPCC Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
ITPGRFA International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
ITTA International Tropical Timber Agreement
IUCN World Conservation Union
JPOI Johannesburg Plan of Implementation (of the World Summit on Sustainable Development) Kyoto Protocol Kyoto Protocol to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change
LAC Latin America and the Caribbean
LME Large Marine Ecosystem
LMOs living modified organisms
MBRS Mesoamerican Barrier Reef System
MDGs internationally agreed development goals and targets, including those contained in the UN Millennium Declaration
MEAs multilateral environmental agreements
MeBr methyl bromide
MERCOSUR Southern Common Market
MODIS moderate resolution imaging spectroradiometer
MoU Memorandum of Understanding
MOP Meeting of the Parties
NO2 nitrogen dioxide
NO3-N nitrate nitrogen
NOX nitrogen oxides
NADW North Atlantic Deep Water
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration(of the United States)
NEPAD New Partnership for Africa’s Development
NGO non-governmental organization
NOAA National Oceans and Atmospheric Administration (of the United States)
NPP net primary production
NWME Network of Women Ministers of the Environment
OECD Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development
PM particulate matter
PCBs polychlorinated biphenyls
POPs persistent organic pollutants
PRSP Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper
PTWC Pacific Tsunami Warning Center
ROPME Regional Organization for the Protection of the Marine Environment
SAICM Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management
SARS Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome
SCOPE Scientific Committee on Problems of the Environment (of the International Council for Science)
SIDS Small Island Developing State(s)
SO2 Sulphur dioxide
SPREP South Pacific Regional Environment Programme
UAE United Arab Emirates
UK United Kingdom
UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDP United Nations Development Programme
UNECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
UNEP-WCMC World Conservation Monitoring Centre
UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFCCC United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
UNFF United Nations Forum on Forests
UNGA United Nations General Assembly
UN-HABITAT United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNIFEM United Nations Development Fund for Women
UNPD United Nations Population Division
WAVE Women as the Voice for the Environment
WHO World Health Organization
World Bank International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the International Development Association (IDA)
WSSD World Summit on Sustainable Development
WWF World Wide Fund for Nature
ZAMCOM Zambezi Watercourse Commission

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