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  • Chile to Ratify the London Dumping Protocol

    Friday, September 18th, 2009

    President Bachelet has sent the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention on Dumping to the Chilean Congress for ratification, and initial indications are that both houses view ratification favorably.  If they do so, it will change Chilean law on disposing of wastes at sea and make Chile only the sixth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) […]

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    Unique Customs Cooperation Pact on Multilateral Environmental Agreements

    Monday, December 29th, 2008

    Earlier this month Ministers from Central America and the Dominican Republic responsible for the environment, agriculture, health, defense and customs signed an Inter-Institutional Cooperation Convention for the Control of Imports, Exports and Transit Related to Multilateral Environment Agreements.  The accord is supposedly the first of its kind in the world (I would be interested to […]

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    UNDP Launches Unique Carbon Facility

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2007

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has jumped into the growing carbon finance market with its own offering — carbon credits with a human development twist, as it were.
    UNDP says that the trouble with the current carbon market is that it tends to fund projects in only a handful of countries and with little variety […]

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    The Significance of the WTO Biotech Ruling for LAC

    Monday, March 5th, 2007

    When the World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute panel on biotech products involving Argentina, Canada, and the US vs. the European Union (EU) released its report at the end of September, I sat down to start this entry with an outline and list of possible points, thoughts, items to check on, etc. — my usual […]

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    Ideas for Reforming “Global Environmental Governance”

    Saturday, January 13th, 2007

    When the Governing Council (GC) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Ministerial Environmental Forum (GMEF) meet in Nairobi in February, the theme will be “Globalization and the Environment and United Nations Reform.” Thus it seems timely to (finally) finish and release this entry I started a few months back.

    In September 2006 […]

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