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Event: Joint Session of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission [viewed]
The Action Plan on the Role of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy is intended to provide policymakers with ideas for ways and means of improving and promoting the forest sector's contribution to a green economy. It could be presented to UNCSD as a practical contribution to greener economies in the ECE region.
12 January 2011: Speaking at a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, US, marking the handover from Yemen to Argentina of the chairmanship of the Group of 77 and China (G77/China), UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon underscored that important trends "continue to shape our shared efforts to combat poverty and ensure prosperity for all."
This workshop will discuss: training policy makers and managers in flood and drought management; assessing the capacity of existing water education institutes and training of flood forecasting specialists; training water department technicians and managers and updating curricula; and providing education in schools and communities in managing geo-hazards. The workshop is part of a the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization's (UNESCO) partnership with Pakistan to help the country develop and manage its responses to flood and drought, and to measure potential impacts of land-use, population, climate change and other factors on water resources.
10 January 2011: The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) has released its latest journal issue, focusing on the outcomes of ICAO's 37th Assembly.
10 January 2011: The first session of the Intergovernmental Preparatory Committee for the Fourth UN Conference on the LDCs opened on 10 January 2011, at UN Headquarters in New York, US.
Organized by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), this meeting will convene under the theme "The tipping point: Sustained stability in the next economy." The 2011 Roundtable aims to provide a platform for the global financial sector to: define what it expects to achieve at Rio 2012. It will include two plenary sessions, on: Systems, Stability and Sustainability / Lenses and clocks; and What the Earth Summit needs to deliver at Rio+20.
Event: Interactive Dialogue between UN General Assembly and Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Global Sustainability [viewed]
The informal interactive dialogue with the co-Chairs of the GSP, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa and President Tarja Halonen of Finland, will take place on 16 March. It is being organized by the President of the UN General Assembly (GA). President Joseph Deiss announced the event to member States' representatives at the UN in this letter, providing background and the Programme for the dialogue: http://www.un.org/en/ga/president/65/letters/gs250211.pdf.
This online course is being organized by the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). It will seek to facilitate international negotiations, public sector work and diplomatic engagement in relation to climate change, through an enhanced understanding of the climate change science and international policy framework and the key negotiation issues pertinent to a post-2012 climate change agreement. The course will run for 8 weeks, from 21 February-15 April 2011.