UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

ECLAC and FAO Organize Policy Dialogue on Biofuel Innovation in Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

29 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) organized a policy dialogue on "Institutional Development and Innovation in Biofuels in Latin America and the Caribbean," where three papers were presented on the future of biofuels in the region.

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UNECE Facilitates Discussion of Recent Forest Assessments [viewed]

21 March 2011: On the occasion of World Forest Day, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) convened experts to review the status of and trends in forests and forest resources in Europe and North America, on 21 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland. The seminar was titled, "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges."

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UNECE, FAO Launch PhD Thesis Award on Forest Management [viewed]

21 March 2011: The Forestry and Timber section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) launched a PhD Thesis Award to promote scientific research on sustainable forest management.

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Event: UNECE/FAO Seminar on the State of Forests in the UNECE Region [viewed]

This seminar will be held on World Forest Day as part of Regional Forest Information Week. Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO), the seminar is titled "How successful is Sustainable Forest Management in the UNECE Region? State of forests and forest management in the UNECE region in the context of current needs and challenges." Sessions will consider: picture of the present and the past: overview of 20 years of sustainable forest management (SFM), including forest biodiversity; wood resources - status, trends and challenges; and criteria and indicators: how useful are they for SFM assessment?  

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African Climate Policy Centre Calls for Regional Strategy on Climate Change [viewed]

9 March 2011: Youba Sokona, Coordinator of the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), underlined that the impacts of climate change on the African continent are "too severe and multi-faceted to be tackled by national institutions alone," and called for a regional strategy that brings together the common efforts and aspirations of the countries in the region.

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UNECE Holds Workshop on Participation in International Forums [viewed]

7 March 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on a two-day workshop, which convened from 23-24 February 2011, on public participation in international forums (PPIF), including at the latest session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC and in the Rio 2012 process.

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Event: Fourth Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention [viewed]

This meeting is the fourth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the UN Economic Commission on Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention). It will seek to provide an opportunity to discuss public participation in international forums, the procedure for accession to the Convention by States from outside the UNECE region, and the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development. The latter is the theme of the high-level segment on 1 July 2011. The meeting is expected to adopt the draft Chisinau Declaration on the role of the Aarhus Convention in promoting sustainable development, as a contribution to the UNCSD process.  

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UNECE Inland Transport Committee Discusses Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

4 March 2011: The 73rd annual session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), which convened from 1-3 March 2011, in Geneva, Switzerland, addressed, inter alia, the impact of climate change on the transport sector.

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Africa Environment Day Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

3 March 2011: In celebrations for the ninth Africa Environment Day, the African Union (AU) Commission, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and local partners, highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) for sustainable development and addressing climate change.

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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