UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UNECE Meeting on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Amends Gothenburg Protocol [viewed]

UNECE4 May 2012: The 30th Session of the Executive Body for the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) adopted amendments to the 1999 Gothenburg Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol). The amendments include national emission reduction commitments to be achieved by 2020 and beyond, and address, for the first time, particulate matter, including black carbon, a short-lived climate forcer.

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EU Grants €8 Million to ClimDev Africa [viewed]

27 April 2012: A grant agreement was signed by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the EU and the African Union (AU) in support of the ClimDev Africa programme, a flagship initiative in the Africa-EU Partnership on Climate Change and Development.

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UNECE Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Impacts on Transboundary Basins [viewed]

UNECE26 April 2012: The Third Workshop on Water and Climate Change in Transboundary Basins, which addressed the theme "Making Adaptation Work," called attention to the expected impacts on climate change, including the higher risk of drought and floods, on shared transboundary basins. The event brought together over 140 participants to discuss conflict prevention and cooperation to address climate change adaptation at the transboundary level.

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FOREST EUROPE, UNECE/FAO Launch Survey on the State of Forests Report [viewed]

19 April 2012: FOREST EUROPE (The Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe) and the UN Economic Council for Europe/UN Food and Agriculture Organization (UNECE/FAO) are inviting the users of, and contributors to, the State of Europe's Forests 2011 Report (SoEF 2011) to complete a brief on-line survey about their experiences. 

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UNECE Launches Green Economy Seminar Series With Discussion of Green Homes [viewed]

UNECE16 April 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) discussed residential energy efficiency at the first seminar in a series launched to promote actions towards a regional green economy. The Green Economy seminars will provide a forum for discussing the integration of social and environmental considerations in the lead-up to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD or Rio+20).

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Water Agenda for the Americas Presented [viewed]

4 April 2012: Over 40 governmental, inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations presented "Americas' Water Agenda" to the March 2012 World Water Forum, a roadmap to guide Western Hemisphere decision makers on the primary actions to improve water management.

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UNECE Supports Afghan-Tajik Cooperation on Water and Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE29 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project on “Strengthening cooperation on hydrology and the environment between Afghanistan and Tajikistan in the upper Amu Darya River Basin” convened water and environment experts to discuss cooperation related to severe floods, vulnerable ecosystems and climate change impacts in the Amu Darya Basin.

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UNECE, FAO Release North American Forest Sector Outlook Study [viewed]

27 March 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have launched the North American Forest Sector Outlook Study (NAFSOS), examining changes in the forest sectors of the US and Canada. 

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African Leaders Meet to Plan Actions for Sustainable Growth [viewed]

26 March 2012: The Fifth Joint Meeting of the African Union (AU) Conference of Ministers of Economy and Finance and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development met to address a broad range of issues related to development under the theme "Unleashing Africa's Potential as a Pole of Global Growth."

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UN Report Highlights Sustainable Development Challenges in Eastern Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

23 March 2012: A new report on sustainable development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, prepared by 13 UN agencies, has highlighted the need for the region to remove fossil fuel subsidies, invest in green jobs, and establish social protection floors in order to ensure a sustainable future.

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