UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

LAC Negotiators Prepare for Paris [viewed]

eclac_unep19 May 2015: Senior officials and negotiators from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries gathered for a meeting, titled ‘4th Meeting of Chief Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean,' to discuss the content of a climate change agreement, which is expected to be adopted during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015.

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Outlines Importance of 2015 [viewed]

ECLAC7 May 2015: In an op-ed for the World Economic Forum blog, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) explains why the year 2015 is critical for sustainable development, noting that three big events in 2015 – the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and the Paris Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21) – share a common foundation: the call that emerged in the 1990s for more sustainable growth and development patterns.

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Arab High-Level Forum Highlights CBDR, Enabling Environment for Achieving Sustainable Development [viewed]

escwa_bahrain7 May 2015: The second session of the Arab High-Level Forum on Sustainable Development concluded with adoption of the Bahrain Document, which highlights the importance of common but differentiated responsibilities (CBDR) and the need to promote an enabling environment for achieving sustainable development in the post-2015 era.

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WHO Assesses Air Pollution Cost in Europe [viewed]

oecd_who28 April 2015: The World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have published a report, titled ‘Economic cost of the health impact of air pollution in Europe: Clean air, health and wealth,' which assesses the economic burden of deaths and diseases resulting from outdoor and indoor air pollution in region.

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Moldova, Ukraine Launch Adaptation Framework for the Dniester Basin [viewed]

UNECE23 April 2015: The Governments of Moldova and Ukraine have launched the Strategic Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change for the Dniester Basin, which will help the two countries mitigate climate change impacts, enhance transboundary cooperation and facilitate sustainable development. Having endorsed the Strategic Framework, the countries will develop an Implementation Plan, supported by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

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UNFF and Partners Discuss SFM and Climate Finance in Southeast Asia [viewed]

unff_unescapApril 2015: In preparation for upcoming discussions on financing for sustainable forest management (SFM) at the eleventh session of the UN Forum on Forests (UNFF11), the UNFF Facilitative Process and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) organized a workshop on forest and climate financing in Southeast Asia.

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Seventh Summit of the Americas Addresses Climate, Energy Access, SDGs [viewed]

vii_cumbre_de_las_americas12 April 2015: The Seventh Summit of the Americas met under the theme, ‘Prosperity with Equity: The Challenge of Cooperation in the Americas,' and discussed education, health, energy, environment, migration, security, citizen participation and democratic governance, among other topics. Addressing the Summit, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon commended the region's contribution to defining the post-2015 development agenda and to discussions on climate-related issues. He noted that Caribbean countries have played a particularly significant role in placing climate issues on the global agenda.

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Event: Open-Ended Consultations on UNECE Work on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will hold Open-Ended Consultations on its sustainable energy work in preparation for the 24th session of its Committee on Sustainable Energy. Member States will gather to review implementation progress of the 2014-2015 programme of work. Topics to be discussed will address a range of issues facing energy, such as: cross-sectoral integration; cost-effective development of integrated electricity systems; smart integration of variable renewable resources into the energy mix; deployment of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate the rise in coal use; guidelines for methane management; and implementation of the Hammamet Declaration. The Consultations' two-day agenda includes progress reports, keynote addresses on innovative thinking in energy and energy policy realities in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and discussions on, inter alia, a strategic framework, the Paris Climate Change Conference, and a vision for the future and next steps. The Geneva Energy Conversations workshop on 'Scenarios for Sustainable Energy' will be held on 26 May 2015 and will inform the Open-Ended Consultations.  

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African Finance Ministers Address FfD, Data Revolution, Climate Change [viewed]

UNECA AU31 March 2015: The Eighth Joint Annual Meetings of the African Union (AU) Specialised Technical Committee of Finance, Monetary Affairs, Economic Planning and Integration, and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development agreed on a ministerial statement that addresses progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and support for the post-2015 development agenda, financing for development (FfD), the data revolution and climate change, among other issues. The meeting convened under the theme, ‘Implementing Agenda 2063: Planning, Mobilizing and Financing for Development.'

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UNECA Holds Regional Consultation on FfD, Prepares Common Position [viewed]

UNECA24 March 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) hosted a regional consultation for high-level political and Central Bank representatives, NGOs, civil society and the private sector to discuss: financing the post-2015 development agenda; Africa's progress since the Monterrey Consensus; climate financing; international private financial flows; international public finance and sovereign debt; trade, partnerships, technology and innovation; systemic issues; and monitoring, data and follow up, among other issues. The results of the consultation will be included as part of a Common African Position for the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3).

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