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We Are Past Pledging and Politicking: The Way forward in 2019 - A letter from Joyce Msuya, Acting Executive Director of UN Environment
Msuya, Joyce

This letter from the Acting Executive Director of UN Environment is structured around four main points: i) Where we Stand; ii) Opportunities; iii) Pathways; and iv) A Call to Action. The letter concludes with a challenge: "In Nairobi next month, and in New York in September, let us all prove that we are ready to hold ourselves to account. Our scientists have calculated that we need to increase five-fold, our ambition on climate change.
So, I challenge you, as our window of opportunity gets smaller by the hour:
What does ambitious climate action look like for you?
For climate, for nature, for consumers? For people, for planet, for posterity? What are you ready to bring to the table?"


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2019
Reports and Books
Benefits of Chemicals Control
United Nations Environment Programme

The focus is on industrial and consumer chemicals; it does not take into consideration the specific regulatory needs of pesticides, pharmaceuticals or cosmetic products, which are normally regulated under separate legislation.


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2019
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
UNEP Guidance - Risk Reduction Tools for Chemicals Control
United Nations Environment Programme

This guidance document aims to support technical government officials who are working to build government capacity for reducing the potential risk to human health and the environment from chemicals.


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2019
Other
UNEP OzonAction Fosters Ties with Global HVAC&R Associations in the Margins of MOP-31
United Nations Environment Programme

At the 31st Meeting of Parties to the Montreal Protocol (MOP-31), UNEP OzonAction convened, in cooperation with industry partners, several technical side-events showcasing the different initiatives and products that were developed, launched and piloted successfully in many developing countries. The side-events also witnessed the signing of strategic MOUs with key partners namely: AHRI, AREA, ASHRAE, EPEE and IIR which institutionally cements the relationship between UNEP OzonAction and those partners, securing commitments in pursuing common goals and targets.


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2019
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
UNEP Guidance - Enforcement of Chemicals Control Legislation
United Nations Environment Programme

This guidance document builds upon an earlier United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, Guidance on the Development of Legal and Institutional Infrastructures and Measures for Recovering Costs of National Administration for Sound Management of Chemicals (LIRA Guidance). It provides guidance on how to ensure effective compliance with rules and regulations.


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2019
Emissions Gap Reports, Summaries
Emissions Gap Report 2019 - Executive Summary
United Nations Environment Programme

This tenth edition of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Emissions Gap Report provides the latest assessment of scientific studies on current and estimated future greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and compares these with the emission levels permissible for the world to progress on a least-cost pathway to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. This difference between “where we are likely to be and where we need to be” has become known as the ‘emissions gap’. As in previous years, this report explores some of the most promising and applicable options available for countries to bridge the gap, with a focus on how to create transformational change and just transitions. Reflecting on the report’s overall conclusions, it is evident that incremental changes will not be enough and there is a need for rapid and transformational action.


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2019
Global environment outlook (GEO), Summaries
Global Environment Outlook: GEO-6 - Summary for Policymakers
United Nations Environment Programme

This Summary for Policymakers highlights the findings of the sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO-6) report.


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2019
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits
Quick Start Guide for Managing Mercury Trade in Artisanal and Small Scale Gold Mining
United Nations Environment Programme

This guide for managing mercury trade in ASGM has been developed as part of UN Environment Global Mercury Partnership technical support to countries developing NAPs, in response to requests from countries. The guide provides an overview of the current state of knowledge on mercury supply, demand and trade. Furthermore, it aims to familiarize the reader with the provisions relevant to mercury trade in the Minamata Convention. Finally, it suggests practical steps to understand mercury trade at the national level and recommends approaches to developing the National Action Plan strategy to manage mercury trade in ASGM.


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2018
Manuals, Guides and Toolkits, Reports and Books
Procedure for Air Monitoring using Active Air Samplers (HVS)
United Nations Environment Programme

“Sampling methods for air and QA/QC procedures should, as far as possible, be adopted from existing air monitoring programmes1 for POPs, but they will need to be adapted to and validated for the specific conditions, concentration levels and temperature at the sampling sites.” This document therefore comprises, as a contribution to the capacity building efforts under the Global Monitoring Plan under the Stockholm Convention by the Stockholm Convention Regional Centre in the Czech Republic, a description of the operation procedure and methodology for sampling of ambient air by active sampler as a first attempt to bring key steps into one document. As there are several monitoring programmes, each of them using different type of active sampler, we are hereby describing a case study example of the device Leckel MVS-6 (middle volume sampler) used in the sampling sites in Africa.


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2018
Reports and Books
Wild Life, Wild Livelihoods: Involving communities on Sustainable Wildlife Management and Combating illegal Wildlife Trade
United Nations Environment Programme

The report summarizes insights from decades of research on community wildlife management, and draws lessons from new analyses focused specifically on engaging Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities (IPLCs) in combating the illegal trade in wildlife (ITW). Based on a recognition of the importance of community “voice” in enabling sustainable and effective outcomes, it goes on to survey the opportunities and constraints for IPLCs in terms of their participation in key international policy forums that influence wildlife management.


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2018