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Recent trends in material flows and resource productivity in Latin America
United Nations Environment Programme

The Latin America region accounts for about 10% of world consumption of primary materials. As a result, developments in this region do not have a major effect on total global extractive pressures. The reverse is not true. Even modest increases in the resources demand of larger regions, where transferred by trade, can have major effects on material flows in Latin America. The findings of this report are based on the first material flows database, which has been specifically designed to cover the great majority of countries in Latin America, as well as additional countries in the Caribbean region, using standardized material flows accounting methodologies.


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2013
Reports and Books
April 2012 - March 2013 St. Helena State of the Environment Report
The Environmental Management Division (EMD) - St Helena Government

To find out how our environment is faring, St. Helena’s first ever State of the Environment Report has been created. This report hopes to provide a snapshot of the environment of St Helena over the 2012/13 financial year. It is not a report on a set of agreed, considered environmental indicators (the process for setting these will be developed over the coming years) but is rather a report on some areas of the environment that are already being measured and monitored on St. Helena. Collating and reporting on this, serves also to highlight gaps in information. This report will be produced on a regular basis and it is anticipated that, as the years pass, the production of this report will allow us to see trends in our environmental data and to fill information gaps, allowing us to more effectively target our efforts to manage our unique environment.


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2013
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Guyana - National Report for Third International Conference
United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Development Programmeme (United Nations Development Programmeme), Government of Guyana

Guyana has undertaken preparations for the Third International Conference on SIDS.The First Conference on SIDS, which was held in 1994, produced the Barbados Programme ofAction (BPOA) while the Second Conference held in 2005, resulted in the Mauritius Strategy ofImplementation (MSI) for the Further Implementation of the BPOA.More recently, the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD), also referredto as RIO+20, called for, the convening in 2014 of a Third International Conference on SIDS. TheConference seeks to:a) Assess the progress to date and the remaining gaps in the implementation of the BPOA andthe MSI building on, inter alia, existing reports and relevant processes;b) Seek a renewed political commitment by all countries to effectively address the special needs and vulnerabilities of SIDS by focusing on practical and pragmatic actions for thefurther implementation of the BPOA and MSI, inter alia, through mobilisation of resourcesand assistance for SIDS;c) Identify new and emerging challenges and opportunities for the sustainable development(SD) of SIDS and ways and means to address them including through the strengthening ofcollaborative partnerships between SIDS and the International Community||andd) Identify priorities for the SD of SIDS for consideration, as appropriate, in the elaboration of the post-2015 United Nations (UN) development agenda.


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2013
Reports and Books
Lead in Enamel Decorative Paints: National Paint Testing Results - A Nine Country Study
United Nations Environment Programme

A total of 234 cans of enamel decorative paints were purchased in retail establishments in the following nine countries: Argentina, Azerbaijan, Chile, Cote d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kyrgyzstan, Tunisia, and Uruguay. An additional 10 cans of anti-corrosive enamel paints were purchased in Côte d'Ivoire. All the paints – the 234 samples of decorative paints and the 10 samples of anti-corrosive paints – were tested for their total lead content, and dry weight.


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2013

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