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Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers Capacity-Building Activities

At its first meeting, the Working Group welcomed the efforts that UNECE, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) were making to coordinate their work on pollutant release and transfer registers (PRTRs) and invited them to refine and further develop a proposal for a framework programme on capacity-building in preparation for implementation of the Protocol. It also welcomed the work of the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) and encouraged the United Nations bodies to explore with the REC the possibilities for a coordinated approach. In accordance with this mandate, UNECE, UNEP, UNITAR and the REC jointly developed a proposal for a framework programme on regional, subregional and national PRTR capacity-building. Following review of the proposal at its third meeting, the Working Group invited potential donors to contribute to the framework programme.1 It was further agreed that the programme would be open to other interested organizations engaged in PRTR capacity-building.

At its first meeting, the Working Group also requested organizations involved in PRTR capacity-building to provide the secretariat with a list of their PRTR projects. The secretariat was requested to prepare a consolidated list from this information and to update it for each meeting of the Working Group.2

The list of PRTR capacity-building activities was developed cooperatively by UNECE, UNEP, UNITAR and the REC, with contributions from UNEP/GRID-Arendal, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), the Government of Norway, European ECO-Forum, Volgograd-Ecopress (Russian Federation) and Journalism to Raise Environmental Awareness (Mexico/United States).

This list includes nine activity categories. The assignment of a category to a given activity aims to assist in the identification of activities that progressively contribute to the development of full national PRTR systems. Category 1 covers preliminary or capacity-building activities in related chemical, waste or information management initiatives (e.g. Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management), which contribute indirectly to national PRTR development. Categories 2-8 contribute directly to national PRTR development.3 Category 9 covers activities undertaken on a regional or international scale in support of the implementation of PRTRs and/or the UNECE Protocol on PRTRs. A legend containing descriptions of each category appears at the end of the table.

Q. Who submit reports ?

Regional Commissions:
- Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
- Economic Commission for Europe (ECE)
- Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC)
- Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
- Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)

International Organizations:
UNEP, UNEP/GRID-Arendal, UNITAR, OECD, OSCE, REC, CAREC

NGOs
European ECO-Forum
Volgograd-Ecopress (Russian Federation)
Journalism to Raise Environmental Awareness (Mexico/USA)

Goverments
Government of Canada Canada
Government of Netherlands Netherlands
Government of Norway Norway
Government of Spain Spain
Government of Switzerland Switzerland
Government of USA USA

Macro geographical (continental) regions, geographical sub-regions, and other groupings

Q. Which definitions of geographical regions, sub-regions, and other groupings are using?

We are using definition used by United nations Statistical Division, and specific sub-regions of UNECE, like CEE, SEE. Regions covered by countries members of International Organizations also are used.

Defined geographical regions
Title List of Countries (Q-ty)
Africa Geo Region (55)
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South America Geo Region (14)
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Oceania Geo Region (25)
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Western Africa Geo Region (17)
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Central America Geo Region (8)
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Eastern Africa Geo Region (19)
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Northern Africa Geo Region (7)
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Middle Africa Geo Region (9)
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Southern Africa Geo Region (5)
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North America Geo Region (5)
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Caribbean Geo Region (26)
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Eastern Asia Geo Region (7)
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Southern Asia Geo Region (9)
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South-Eastern Asia Geo Region (11)
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Southern Europe Geo Region (16)
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Australia and New Zealand Geo Region (3)
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Melanesia Geo Region (5)
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Micronesia Geo Region (7)
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Polynesia Geo Region (10)
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Asia Geo Region (49)
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Central Asia Geo Region (5)
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Western Asia Geo Region (18)
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Europe Geo Region (45)
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Eastern Europe Geo Region (10)
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Northern Europe Geo Region (17)
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Western Europe Geo Region (9)
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CIS Region Geo Region (12)
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Least developed countries Geo Region (48)
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Latin America and the Caribbean Geo Region (47)
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Landlocked developing countries Geo Region (29)
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Central and Eastern Europe Geo Region (16)
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Developing regions Geo Region (175)
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Eastern Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia Geo Region (12)
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EU Region Geo Region (27)
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Region of OECD Member Countries Geo Region (30)
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REC Region Geo Region (17)
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South Caucasus Geo Region (3)
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South-Eastern Europe Geo Region (6)
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Small island developing States Geo Region (51)
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Region of countries with economy in transition Geo Region (18)
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UNECA Region Geo Region (53)
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UNECE Region Geo Region (56)
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UNECLAC Region Geo Region (53)
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UNESCAP Region Geo Region (62)
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UN-ESCWA Region Geo Region (14)
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Region of UN Members Countries Geo Region (192)
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Total definitions: 46
 
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