UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Africa Pavilion Launched at COP 17 [viewed]

November 2011: The Africa Pavilion at the Durban Climate Change Conference, an initiative of the African Union (AU), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), was launched by President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, President Idriss Déby of Chad, and Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos of Angola.

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Event: Fourth Expert Group Meeting on the Potential Economic Impact of Climate Change in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters for the Caribbean will host a two-day meeting of around 30 experts on economic modeling to examine the methodological issues in modelling the macroeconomic impacts of climate change in the Caribbean. Participants will be apprised of the initiatives on econometric modeling that have already been employed in the Caribbean and assess their limitations and strengths.  

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ECLAC, BMZ Sign Agreement to Cooperate on Low-Carbon Growth and Social Equity [viewed]

ECLAC-BMZ18 November 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have signed an agreement to launch a two-year cooperation program on low-carbon economic growth and social cohesion in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC).

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African Economic Conference Calls for Climate Insurance for Farmers [viewed]

27 October 2011: With increasing volatility due to climate change and price shocks, delegates to the Sixth African Economic Conference heard that investment in agriculture alongside stabilization and insurance schemes, including for small holder farmers, may be necessary to ensure domestic price stability.

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UNECA Holds First Climate Change and Development Conference in Africa [viewed]

19 October 2011: The First Climate Change and Development in Africa Conference convened under the theme "Development First: Addressing climate change in Africa." The event sought to address the need for greatly improved climate data and information for Africa, in addition to strengthening the use of this information for policy and decision making.

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UN Secretary-General Highlights UNECE's Role in Tackling Global Challenges [viewed]

UNECE18 October 2011: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on countries of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to continue tackling the world's most looming issues and work together to ensure the prosperity of future generations, when addressing for the first time the UNECE Executive Committee.

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On International Day, ISDR Calls for Stepping Up for Disaster Risk Reduction [viewed]

13 October 2011: The UN marked the International Day for Disaster Reduction on 13 October. Acknowledging that an estimated 100 million children and young people are affected by disasters, the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and its partners invited this group to “Step Up for Disaster Risk Reduction.”

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UNECE Supports Forestation Project of the Dry Bed of the Aral Sea [viewed]

UNECE13 October 2011: Andrey Vasilyev, Deputy Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and Saghit Ibatullin, Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS), have announced a regional project on the forestation of the dry bed of the Aral Sea.

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UN Launches Guidelines for Eco-efficient and Socially Inclusive Cities [viewed]

October 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), in partnership with the Urban Design Lab of the Earth Institute, Columbia University, have jointly released the "Guidelines for developing eco-efficient and socially inclusive infrastructure," which provide practical tools for city planners and decision makers to reform urban planning and infrastructure design according to the principles of eco-efficiency and social inclusiveness. 

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Asia and the Pacific Meeting Addresses Sustainable Energy Development [viewed]

29 September 2011: The Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Energy Development in Asia and the Pacific reviewed energy security challenges facing the region and outlined a regional agenda on the issue. Participants stressed the importance for countries in the region to have national policies that will ensure universal access to clean and efficient energy services to advance poverty reduction and improve health and well-being.

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