UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Asia-Pacific Meeting Recognizes DRR as Integral to Sustainable Development [viewed]

UNESCAP30 October 2015: The fourth session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific's (ESCAP) Committee on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) endorsed a set of recommendations and initiatives to enhance regional cooperation and make DRR an integral part of sustainable development in the region. Countries agreed to work together to: strengthen technical areas, such as drought monitoring and early warning; enhance the use of space applications; and promote risk-sensitive development strategies.

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Event: First International Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development [viewed]

The first International Forum on Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development will explore how public-private partnerships (PPPs) can contribute to sustainable development. The forum will focus on PPPs as tools to advance sustainable development at the local level, as impactful PPPs can be used not only for large-scale national projects, but also for smaller local-level projects. Amina Mohammed, UN Special Adviser on Post 2015 Development Planning, will give a keynote address. This forum will include plenary sessions on the role of PPPs in combating climate change and the specificities of PPPs at the local level, as well as technical workshops to learn about the legal and financial aspects of PPPs. It will also include a ‘Good Practices Forum,' organized with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). In addition, the forum will provide the space to showcase examples of successful PPPs in the sectors of transport, energy, water supply and waste management. The Forum is being organized jointly by the Government of France, the Agglomeration of Annemasse and the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), in partnership with other UN agencies.  

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ESCAP Report Discusses Disaster Risk Management in Asia-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCAP27 October 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published a report addressing the critical issues and challenges of managing risks in the Asia-Pacific region, including: disaster resilience; emerging risks and sectors most at risk; cross-border disasters, such as earthquakes, droughts, tropical cyclones and floods; the status of early warning systems; gaps and how to address them; and cost-effective opportunities offered by innovative technologies, especially space applications.

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Event: 24th Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

The 24th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will meet under the theme ‘Pathways to Sustainable Energy'. The meeting will provide the opportunity for member States to review progress on implementing the Programme of Work 2014-2015, before discussing and endorsing the future programme of work 2016-2017 and the strategic framework of the UNECE sub-programme on sustainable energy 2018-2019. The meeting will focus on the Committee and its six subsidiary bodies on energy efficiency, cleaner electricity production, coal mine methane, gas, renewable energy and resource classification. An international high-level panel on 19 November 2015 will explore what sustainable energy means for the UNECE region, for both reducing the energy environmental footprint and ensuring needed energy for sustainable development. The meeting will be preceded by the third edition of the Geneva Energy Conversations on 17 November, which will address the role of fossil fuels in sustainable energy systems.  

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Africa MDG Report Reviews Progress, Looks Forward to SDGs [viewed]

UNECA28 September 2015: Despite challenging initial conditions, African countries have made progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the 2015 edition of an Africa-focused MDG report. This year's report, titled ‘Assessing Progress in Africa Toward the Millennium Development Goals,' emphasizes that success in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will depend on embracing the three dimensions of sustainability, and on “credible means of implementation,” including financing and renewed commitment.

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APUF-6 Anticipates Growing Resource Pressure from Region's Cities [viewed]

apuf_621 October 2015: The Sixth Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-6) reviewed the challenges of urbanization facing the region, as the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) called for stronger governance of cities, better and more accessible data, and blended finance to support cities' capital investments.

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Event: Second Session of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 2nd meeting of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy. Discussions will include: a report on the implementation of the Work Plan 2014–2015; progress made in renewable energy uptake, including key messages and next steps from the ongoing status report in the region; the UNECE's role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) on energy, and contributing to global actions on climate change mitigation and adaptation, including the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Other topics include: the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development; cross-cutting issues and coordination of work on renewable energy; renewal of the Mandate and Draft Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy for 2016–2017; and key messages for the Committee on Sustainable Energy. The Group of Experts on Renewable Energy was established to advance renewable energy and energy for all in the UNECE region. It also facilitates regulatory and policy dialogue and sharing of best practices, with a view to increasing the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix.  

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Event: 2nd Session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will convene the 2nd session of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency to discuss best practices and financial, technical and policy barriers to improving energy efficiency in the UNECE region. The agenda includes: a workshop on best policy practices for promoting energy efficiency; the report on the implementation of the Work Plan of the Group of Experts for 2014–2015; the International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development; renewal of Mandate and Draft Work Plan of the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency for 2016–2017; and key messages for the Committee on Sustainable Energy. The Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency was established to carry out concrete, results-oriented activities that enhance energy efficiency, mitigate climate change, and strengthen regional cooperation in the region.  

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ECLAC Reports on MDGs Progress [viewed]

ECLAC9 September 2015: A report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on progress in relation to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) finds "a mixed picture”: while the region as a whole has made significant strides toward some MDG targets, progress has been uneven from one country to the next.

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ECLAC Explores Role of Fiscal Instruments in Climate Change Policies [viewed]

ECLAC7 September 2015: A seminar organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) discussed the role of economic and fiscal instruments in countries' intended nationally determined contributions (INDCs), which are part of the UN process to reach a universal agreement on climate change at the UN Paris Climate Change Conference in December 2015. The seminar also launched the Climate Change, Environmental Taxation and Economic Instruments Network to foster a regular exchange of information among specialists on related practices.

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