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Reports and Books
Global Waste Management Outlook
United Nations Environment Programme, International Waste Management Association

The Global Waste Management Outlook, a collective effort of the United Nations Environment Programme and the International Waste Management Association, is a pioneering scientific global assessment on the state of waste management and a call for action to the international community. Prepared as a follow up to the Rio+20 Summit and as a response to UNEP Governing Council decision GC 27/12, the document establishes the rationale and the tools for taking a holistic approach towards waste management and recognizing waste and resource management as a significant contributor to sustainable development and climate change mitigation. The Outlook is primarily focused on the ‘governance’ issues which need to be addressed to establish a sustainable solution – including the regulatory and other policy instruments, the partnerships and the financing models. Broad in scope and global in coverage, the Outlook includes a series of Topic Sheets and case studies addressing specific issues and illustrating featured initiatives. This document provides an inspiring possible way forward on waste management, drawing conclusions and making recommendations to assist policy makers and practitioners to develop local solutions for waste management. To complement the Sustainable Development Goals of the Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Outlook sets forth Global Waste Management Goals and a Global Call to Action to achieve those goals.


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2015
Reports and Books
UNEP Regional Office for North America Newsletter
United Nations Environment Programme

UNEP Regional Office for North America December 2015 Newsletter


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2015
Manuals and Guides
Gender equality and the environment: Policy and strategy
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP Gender Policy and Strategy charts our strategic direction on gender and the environment over the 2014-2017 planning period. Like the MTS that it parallels, the P&S describes the overarching programme and operational mechanisms that we will put in place, or strengthen, and the broad areas of result that we plan to achieve, while the Gender Implementation Plan (GIP) articulates the precise steps that we will take, in tandem with the UNEP biennial Strategic Framework and corresponding Programme of Work (2014-2015 and 2016-2017).


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2015
Reports and Books
Practical Sourcebook on Mercury Waste Storage and Disposal
United Nations Environment Programme

The Practical Sourcebook aims to enhance the capacity of governments and other relevant stakeholders to store and dispose mercury wastes in an environmentally sound manner.


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2015
Policy and Strategy Documents
UNEP Medium Term Strategy 2014-2017
United Nations Environment Programme

The UNEP medium-term strategy for the period 2014–2017 plots the direction that UNEP will take in pursuit of that goal. It lays out the vision, strategic objectives and the results which UNEP aims to achieve by 2017. Key to successful attainment of these results will be work by UNEP with stakeholders with very different needs and priorities across multiple sectors of government and society, to enable them better to manage the environment and thereby safeguard the services that it provides for their countries’ development and economy, which are crucial to the eradication of poverty and the well-being of their populations.


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2015
Manuals and Guides
Guidelines for environmentally sound management of used lead batteries in the Mediterranean
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

This technical guide provides background information and data on sources and amounts of produced used lead batteries, an overview of available standards, technical specification and guidelines on the storage and treatment of batteries and accumulators as well as information on associated environmental and health aspects. It also describes the collection, transport and storage, treatment and recovery of used lead batteries, as well as their transboundary movement. Finally it explains potential sources of environmental contamination, and discusses economic aspects of environmentally sound management of used lead batteries.


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2015
Manuals and Guides
Guide de la gestion écologiquement rationnelle des huiles usagées en Méditerranée
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

Ce guide technique fournit des informations et données de base sur les huiles usagées, les labels éco pour les lubrifiants et les alternatives telles que les biolubrifiants, les problèmes environnementaux associés causés par les huiles usagées ainsi que des informations concernant les principales technologies de traitement des huiles usagées. Il décrit également dans un langage simple et clair les possibles mesures pour une gestion écologiquement rationnelle des huiles usagées pouvant généralement s’appliquer à tout pays, allant de l’engagement d’une partie prenante au raffinage/recyclage final et présente plusieurs études de cas sur la prévention de la pollution par les huiles usagées.


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2015
Manuals and Guides
Guide de la gestion écologiquement rationnelle des PCB en Mediterranée
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

Ce guide technique fournit des informations de bases concernant la collecte de données, l’identification, l’échantillonnage et la surveillance des équipements contenant des PCB et décrit la gestion des PCB dans des applications fermées. Il explique également la maintenance de l’équipement contenant des PCB, se focalisant sur la sécurité, les mesures d’urgence ainsi que l’élimination progressive, l’emballage et le stockage temporaire. Pour finir, il se réfère aux régulations internationales et nationales pour le transport de marchandises dangereuses ainsi que le prétraitement, le traitement et l’élimination des PCB.


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2015
Manuals and Guides
Guide de la gestion éÉcologiquement rationnelle des batteries au plomb usagées en Méditerranée
United Nations Environment Programme. Mediterranean Action Plan

Ce guide technique fournit des informations et données de bases concernant les sources et quantité de batteries au plomb usagées, un aperçu des normes disponibles, des spécifiques et lignes directrices techniques concernant le stockage et le traitement des batteries et accumulateurs ainsi que des informations concernant les aspects environnementaux et sanitaires associés. Il décrit également la collecte, le transport, le stockage, le traitement et la récupération de batteries au plomb usagées ainsi que leur mouvement transfrontalier. Pour finir, il explique les potentielles sources de contamination environnementale et discute des aspects économiques de la gestion écologiquement rationnelle des batteries au plomb usagées.


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2015
Reports and Books
Arctic Climate Issues 2015: Short-lived Climate Pollutants – Summary for Policy-Makers
Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)

This document presents the policy-relevant findings of the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme's 2015 assessments of short-lived climate forcers (methane, black carbon, and ozone) in the Arctic. Short-lived climate forcers cause warming and have lifetimes of a few days to a decade.


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2015