UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

ESCAP, UNEP and ADB Release Asia-Pacific Green Growth Report [viewed]

16 February 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) have released a report asserting that the challenges of resource constraints in the Asia-Pacific region are more serious than anywhere else, and proposing strategies for changing economic incentives to promote a green economy. The report was prepared as part of preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20).

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Expert Group Assesses Sectoral Data on Socioeconomic Impacts of Climate Change in the Caribbean [viewed]

3 February 2012: The subregional headquarters for the Caribbean of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) recently convened an expert group to discuss the status of regional efforts to develop economic frameworks to assess the economic and social impacts of climate change in the Caribbean in key sectors.

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EUROCLIMA Launches New Website and Second Newsletter [viewed]

26 January 2012: EUROCLIMA, a joint environmental programme of the EU and Latin America, has launched its new website, as well as the second issue of its newsletter, which focuses on water and climate change in Latin America.

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UNECE to Adopt New Emissions Ceilings for Buses and Trucks [viewed]

UNECE19 January 2012: The Working Party on Pollution and Energy of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) approved a proposal for an amendment to Regulation No. 49, providing for more stringent emission requirements for heavy duty vehicle engines.

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ECLAC Circular Discusses Water in the Green Economy [viewed]

January 2012: Issue No. 35 of the "Circular of the Network for Cooperation in Integrated Water Resource Management for Sustainable Development in Latin America and the Caribbean" includes a discussion of Latin America's input to the International Conference “Water in the Green Economy in Practice: Towards Rio+20,” which convened from 3-5 October 2011, in Zaragoza, Spain.

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ECLAC Head Calls for Tax Reform With a Vision of Sustainable Development [viewed]

9 January 2012: Addressing the roundtable on "Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change for the Economic and Social Development of Latin America," the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Alicia Bárcena, has underscored that the region needs "tax reforms with a vision of sustainable development."

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ECLAC Report Examines Climate Change Impacts on Latin America and Caribbean Coasts [viewed]

December 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has published a report that examines current and future trends in climate variability and their likely impacts on the region's extensive coastline.

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Event: 18th Meeting of the Forum of Ministers of Environment of Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

This biennial meeting of Environment Ministers is organized by the regional office of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). The Preparatory Meeting of High-Level Experts will take place from 31 January-1 February 2012, and will be followed by the Ministerial Segment on 2-3 February. Among other things, the Ministers are to review the implementation of the Rio 1992 commitments and agreements, and deliberate on new, emerging and priority issues for the region and other issues on the road to the June 2012 UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio+20). The Ministers are also expected to discuss cooperation on sustainable consumption and production, environmental indicators, and the way forward in negotiating a regional framework agreement on atmospheric pollution that includes emissions of short-lived climate forcers (SLCFs) such as methane, black carbon, ozone precursors, and many hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs).  

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Event: ECLAC Roundtable on "Opportunities and Challenges of Climate Change for the Economic and Social Development of Latin America" [viewed]

 

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European Forest Database Provides Information on Carbon Balances, Biodiversity, and Wood Energy [viewed]

UNECE20 December 2011: FOREST EUROPE and the Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization  (FAO) have launched a web-based resource tool based on their joint State of Europe's Forests 2011 report that also contains new unpublished data on forests, forest management and forest industry in the pan-European region. 

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