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50th ratification triggers entry of Minamata Convention into force

Erik Solheim

History was made on Thursday, May 18, 2017 when the Minamata Convention on Mercury effectively came into force, having garnered the required 50 ratifications. With the number of ratifications standing at 44 (courtesy of Norway, the 44th nation to ratify the Convention) as at Wednesday, Thursday however ushered in a “surprise” as the EU and seven of its member States ...

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Norway ratifies Minamata Convention

Oslo, Norway

The Government of Norway on Friday, May 12, 2017 deposited its instrument of ratification, thereby becoming the 44th future Party to the Minamata Convention on Mercury. This is coming on the heels of Afghanistan’s deposition of its instrument of accession on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, thereby becoming the 43rd future Party to the Convention. Prior to that, Burkina Faso and Canada ...

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UN evaluates benefits, challenges of green energy revolution

Renewable Energy

A recent United Nations (UN) report on energy-efficiency technologies shows that low-carbon technologies apparently aid clean air, save water and cut land use, and could reduce 25 billion tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions and 17 million tonnes of particulates a year. “We are on the right track. We know that cleaning up the air we breathe gives rise to huge ...

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Ogoniland clean-up yet to commence, five years after UNEP report

ERA-Ogoni-UNEP

Over five years after the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) recommended that Ogoniland in South-South Nigeria should be cleaned of the last drop of spilled oil, not a single drop has been removed from the beleaguered community. Executive Director of Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN), Dr. Godwin Ojo, disclosed this at a press briefing on the issue ...

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Renewable energy sources could be cheaper than fossil fuels within 10 years – UN

Christine-Lins

A new United Nations-backed report has revealed overwhelming consensus that renewable power will dominate in the future, with many experts saying that even large international corporations are increasingly choosing renewable energy products either from utilities or through direct investment in their own generating capacity. “(The report) is meant to spur discussion and debate about both the opportunities and challenges of ...

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Abidjan Convention’s active phase set for launch at COP12

Abidjan-Convention

A nine-year revitalisation process for the Convention for Cooperation in the Protection, Management and Development of the Marine and Coastal Environment of the Atlantic Coast of the West, Central and Southern Africa Region (otherwise known as the Abidjan Convention) will effectively come to an end in a couple of weeks’ time. At the 12th Conference of the Contracting Parties (COP12) ...

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Marine litter: UN declares war on ocean plastic

plastic

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on Thursday, February 23 2017 launched a global campaign to eliminate major sources of marine litter – such as microplastics in cosmetics and the excessive, wasteful usage of single-use plastic – by the year 2022. Launched at the Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali, Indonesia, the “#CleanSeas campaign” is urging governments to pass plastic reduction policies; ...

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UN works to safeguard planet’s oceans

Healthy Oceans

The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard on Wednesday, February 15 2017 at the start of a two-day meeting to prepare for this June’s Ocean Conference that will aim to help safeguard the planet’s oceans and help them recover from human-induced problems. “When leaders from across Governments, ...

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Green bonds: Italy lays out roadmap for increasing flows of sustainable finance

Gian Luca Galletti

Italy faces a strategic opportunity to harness its financial system for sustainable development, according to “Financing the Future”, a new report released last week by Italy’s Ministry of Environment, Land and Sea (MATTM) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The report is the result of a year-long national dialogue on greening Italy’s financial system, which received inputs from over 100 experts ...

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New Global Centre of Excellence on climate adaptation upcoming

Sharon-Dijksma

The Netherlands announced on Monday, 06 February 2017 that it will work with Japan and United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to establish a Global Centre of Excellence to help countries, institutions and businesses to adapt to a warming climate, which is increasing the frequency of natural disasters and causing economic disruptions. The Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation will ...

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