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We tend to associate polar regions with vast stretches of white ice. Yet we rarely think of the permafrost - a layer of soil or bedrock that has been continuously frozen for years.
UN Environment, in cooperation with World Health Organization, United States Environment Protection Agency and other partners, has developed a model law and guidance in order to assist countries in establishing and implementing regulation on lead paint. The model law is available here [PDF].
The focus of discussions on the Sustainable Development Goals has shifted to the development of appropriate indicators for measuring progress in the implementation of the Goals at the global, regional and national levels. While the role and relevance of multilateral environmental agreements in that regard have long been recognized, current efforts to develop the Sustainable Development Goal indicators seem to have been hindered by the appropriateness of the data and information emanating from the implementation of those agreements.
UN Environment conducted an independent audit of the sites affected by the 2006 waste dumping from the Probo Koala in various parts of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
In August 2006, the cargo ship Probo Koala discharged 500 tons of toxic waste in Abidjan killing 17 people and poisoning thousands more.
The Bamako Convention is a treaty of African nations prohibiting the import into Africa of any hazardous (including radioactive) waste. The convention came into force in 1998.