Peru Oil Spill: Rapid environmental assessments

An oil spill at a refinery north of Lima on 15 January 2022 caused major damage. A UNEP/OCHA Joint Environment Unit (JEU) team, embedding environmental expertise, was deployed to assist the government-led response. The full environment mission report is accessible here.   Ancon district, Peru – The UNEP/OCHA Joint… Read More

OECD Working Group on Chemical Accidents

The OECD Chemical Accidents Programme is a programme which works to develop common principles and policy guidance to prevent, prepare and respond to chemical accidents. By working in cooperation with multiple international organization, it analyses issues of concern and makes recommendations for best practices in preventing chemical accidents. The programme… Read More

Sri Lanka: Rapid assessments on acute environmental risks after X-Press Pearl Maritime Disaster

On 20 May 2021, the MV X-Press Pearl container ship caught fire and started sinking on early June, releasing fuel oil, dangerous chemicals, and plastic pellets – among other materials – in the Laccadive sea as it was anchored around 9 nautical miles (17 kilometers) northwest of the Port of… Read More

Inter-Agency Committee on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies (IACRNE)

The Inter-Agency Committee on Radiological and Nuclear Emergencies (IACRNE) is the coordination mechanism between relevant international intergovernmental organizations, facilitating and coordinating inter-agency cooperation in the event of related emergencies. The IACRNE works to develop consistent arrangements for preparedness and response to nuclear or radiological accidents. Read More

Equatorial Guinea: Rapid environmental assessments after ammonium nitrate explosions and unexploded ordnance

On 7 March 2021, a series of explosions occurred in the city of Bata, Equatorial Guinea, leaving the country in a catastrophic situation. After consultation with the UN Resident Coordinator (RC) in the country, a United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team was deployed to support the government-led… Read More

Inter-Agency Coordination Group on Industrial and Chemical Accidents

The Inter-Agency Coordination Group is an informal forum that brings together international organizations and institutions working on the prevention, preparedness and response to industrial and chemical accidents. The Inter-Agency Group Coordination Group aims to improve the use of resources, avoid potential duplication of work across the agencies and to facilitate… Read More

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs)

The Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) works to promote shared responsibilities in relation to importation of hazardous chemicals, specifically persistent organic pollutants (POPs). The convention regulates the movements of POPs and provides emergency assistance to member States to estimate damages that have or may occur. The Convention also… Read More

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