UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Event: Zero Meeting of Possible UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Policy and Management [viewed]

Participants at this meeting will consider the possible establishment of a joint Working Party on Forest Policy and Management as a subsidiary body under the Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

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ESCAP Convenes Seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools in Thailand [viewed]

24 February 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), together with the Government of Thailand, convened a seminar on Green Growth Policy Tools for Low Carbon Development in Thailand, at the UN Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand, from 23-24 February 2011.

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Event: Workshop on Developing Capacity Resilience to Water-related Disasters in Pakistan Through Space Applications and Flood Risk Management [viewed]

This workshop is jointly organized by the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Country Team in Pakistan, and the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) of Pakistan. The objective of the workshop is to develop the capacity to build better resilience to water-related disasters, as well as for more effective adaptation to climate change through the applications of space technology and flood risk management in Pakistan.  

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Event: 73rd Session of UNECE Inland Transport Committee [viewed]

The session will gather high-level officials from the 56 UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) member States, the European Commission, international and European transport organizations and non-governmental organizations. One of the issues to be discussed at the meeting is climate change and transport, including the development of environmentally friendly and sustainable transport systems and the establishment of a new group of experts on the impacts of climate change on international transport networks.  

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Event: Fourth Meeting of UNECE Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

This is the fourth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate of the UN Economic Commission for Eurpe (UNECE), which is responsible for activities related to adaptation to climate change, including flood and drought management, working in close cooperation with the Task Force on Extreme Weather Events established under the Protocol on Water and Health.  

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Event: Second UNECE Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

The workshop will be organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) under the Water Convention. It will bring together countries and other stakeholders to: exchange practical experience and share lessons-learned on the technical and strategic aspects of adapting to climate change; analyze the specific challenges of adapting water management to climate change in the transboundary context, identify best practices, success factors and lessons learnt; considering the different steps of developing an adaptation strategy: from the assessment of impacts and vulnerability to the selection of measures; exchange experience between the pilot projects on adaptation to climate change in transboundary basins under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) as well as other similar initiatives; support governments, organizations and joint bodies engaged in the process of preparing national or regional adaptation strategies; and promote and discuss the implementation of the UNECE Guidance on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change.  

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Event: Sixth Meeting of UNECE Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management [viewed]

The Working Group on Integrated Water Resources Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) aims to prevent, control and reduce transboundary impacts of water pollution; promote the ecosystem approach in the framework of integrated water resources management; ensure conservation and restoration of water-related ecosystems; promote payments for ecosystem services; and further adaptation to climate change in the transboundary context, including floods and droughts management. The main objective of the sixth meeting is to review the implementation of the workplan (ECE/MP.WAT/29/Add. 1).  

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UN-Energy Outlines Priorities Ahead of Rio 2012 [viewed]

14 February 2011: UN-Energy held a retreat on 10-11 February 2011, in Vienna, Austria, to define the group's priorities in preparation for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD, or Rio 2012). The highlights of the retreat are reported in the weekly newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) for the period 14-18 February 2011.

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UNECE Co-organizes Workshop on Transboundary Water Cooperation [viewed]

10 February 2011: Hungary's Ministry of Rural Development, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), and the International Water Assessment Centre (IWAC) organized a workshop on transboundary water cooperation in Central and Western Europe, in Budapest, Hungary, from 8-10 February 2011.

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ESCAP, ECLAC Release Preview of Guidelines on Sustainable Urban Infrastructure [viewed]

February 2011: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) and the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) have released a preview of guidelines titled “Are We Building Competitive and Liveable Cities?”

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