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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
Technology, Finance and Statistics for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), United Nations Development Programmeme

As this report points out, mostly the news is good. In 2001, it may have seemed a daunting task to halve the 1990 poverty rate − the proportion of people living on less than $1.25 per day. In fact Asia and the Pacific has cut that poverty rate by more than two-thirds. The region has not achieved all the goals, and some subregions and countries have made faster progress than others. Moreover, because of inevitable lags in gathering the most recent information, this report, whose data largely correspond to 2014, should perhaps be seen as the final milestone rather than the finishing post. Nevertheless, even at this stage it is clear that the MDGs have spurred heartening levels of commitment and achievement.


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2015
Reports and Books
Economic Valuation of Wastewater: The Cost of Action and the Cost of No Action
The Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), The Global Wastewater Initiative (GWI), United Nations University, The International Water Management Institute

This book presents the results of an analytical study on the economic valuation for wastewater, comparing the cost of no action versus the cost of effective wastewater management. Although economic valuation of wastewater management is complex, it remains an important tool to guide policymakers and investors to take informed decisions. A financial analysis of wastewater management looks at its private costs and benefits and can underpin decision making from a business or treatment plant operator standpoint. Economic analysis looks at the broader costs and benefits for society, providing information for public policy decisions to support improvements in wastewater management. Adequate wastewater collection, treatment, and safe use or disposal can lead to significant environmental and health benefits. However, because some of these benefits do not have a market price, they have not traditionally been considered in the financial analysis of wastewater treatment projects, therefore underestimating total benefits.


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2015
Programme Performance Reports
UNEP Programme Performance Report 2014
United Nations Environment Programme

2014 marked the evolution of UNEP’s governing body from a 58-member Council to the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA) with universal membership (193 countries), demonstrating that the environment is a global concern. This new political platform provided a broader overarching context for the work of UNEP in 2014, with a challenge to provide added value to a growing community of stakeholders with high expectations.


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

This technical guide provides background information on data collection, identification, sampling and monitoring of PCB containing equipment and describes PCB management of closed applications. It also explains maintenance of equipment containing PCB focusing on safety, emergency actions as well as phase out, packing and temporary storage. Finally it refers to international and national regulations for the transport of hazardous goods, as well as pretreatment, treatment and disposal of PCBs.


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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
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
Global Mercury Modelling: Update of Modelling Results in the Global Mercury Assessment 2013
United Nations Environment Programme, Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme

Global Mercury Modelling: Update of Modelling Results in the Global Mercury Assessment 2013


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2015