UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Africa Group of Negotiators Stress Adaptation as a Priority [viewed]

UNECA5 December 2014: In a press conference held on the sidelines of the Lima Climate Change Conference, the Africa Group of Negotiators highlighted their priorities for international climate change negotiations. African delegates stressed adaptation and political parity as a priority for Africa.

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UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy Focuses on CCS, Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE21 November 2014: During the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) 23rd annual meeting of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE23), which was the final meeting of UNECE Sustainable Energy Week, UNECE Member States approved recommendations to the UNFCCC on how carbon capture and storage (CCS) should be treated in a post-Kyoto Protocol agreement.

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ESCAP, RIMES Warn Pacific Islands of Extreme Weather Risks [viewed]

unescap-rimes21 November 2014: Through a joint press release, the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Regional Integrated Multi-Hazard Early Warning System for Africa and Asia (RIMES) have warned that extreme weather conditions predicted for the Pacific Ocean pose a significant threat for the industry and infrastructure of island States, and encourages establishing a regional mechanism for better preparedness.

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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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Asia-Pacific Experts Adopt Principles for Disaster-Related Statistics [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2014: The Expert Group on Disaster-Related Statistics in Asia and the Pacific, established earlier in 2014, has agreed to "core principles for establishing a common basic range of disaster-related statistics" at its first meeting. The principles are expected to move the region toward universal standards that will improve natural disaster preparedness and response.

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SE4ALL Launches in the Americas [viewed]

s4all-americas17 October 2014: The UN Decade of Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) has officially launched in the Americas. With over 500 participants from across Latin America and the Caribbean in attendance, the event highlighted that a transition to universal sustainable energy access is possible in the region and pointed to the health, economic, social and environmental benefits of making that transition a reality.

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ADF 9 Recommends Policies to Address Poverty, Attract Financing [viewed]

adfix16 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Africa's (ECA) Ninth African Development Forum (ADF IX) agreed the Marrakech Consensus, which outlines recommendations on fiscal policies and regulatory frameworks to address poverty and attract and deploy capital. The Forum, which convened under the theme ‘Innovative Financing for Africa's Transformation,' focused on: domestic resource mobilization, including for Africa's structural transformation; illicit financial flows (IFFs), private equity, partnerships and climate financing for Africa's adaptation and mitigation needs.

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Transboundary Basins Workshop Focuses on Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE15 October 2014: The Fifth Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins focused on developing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies and measures, taking into account specific outcomes at the transboundary level. The workshop brought together experts working on adaptation to climate variability and change, with a focus on transboundary basins, and was preceded by the 7th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 13 October. It was convened under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with support from the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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Event: Second International Conference on Renewable Energies for Developing Countries (REDEC 2014) [viewed]

The Second International Conference on Renewable Energies for Developing Countries (REDEC 2014) will explore solutions for energy saving and production in developing countries, including in the areas of: renewable energy resources; renewable energy conversion; energy storage; energy management, saving and efficiency; renewable energy-relevant policies and regulation in developing countries; technologies for rural energy service provision; and regional and international support programs for renewable energy in developing countries. A joint event on 'Appropriate Technologies and Mechanisms for Energy Services in Arab Rural Areas' will be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) on 25 November.  

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ECLAC Evaluates Central America's Progress in Energy Efficiency [viewed]

ECLAC8 September 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) Subregional Headquarters in Mexico has launched a study on energy efficiency (EE) in Central America. The publication analyzes the advances made by the region since the approval of the ‘Central American Sustainable Energy Strategy 2020,' in 2007.

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