UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UNECA and OECD Launch 2010 Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa [viewed]

20 September 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) have launched the third edition of "The Mutual Review of Development Effectiveness in Africa: Promise and Performance," which assesses action, results and future priorities for Africa and its development partners in delivering commitments in relation to development on the continent.

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UNESCAP Launches Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning [viewed]

16 September 2010: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) announced the launch of a Regional Cooperative Mechanism on Drought Monitoring and Early Warning.

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Event: First All-Africa Energy Week [viewed]

The First All Africa Energy Week (AAEW) is organized by the African Development Bank (AfDB), in cooperation with the African Union Commission (AUC) and the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), under the theme: “Energy Infrastructure and Services in the Context of Climate Challenges.” The overall objectives of the AAEW are to achieve more efficient, coherent and coordinated actions towards increasing energy access and developing the energy sector in Africa; and to accelerate progress through dialogue and partnerships in scaling up investments in the African energy sector. The All-Africa Energy Week will be organised jointly with the Pan African Investment Forum and the AU Conference of African Energy Ministers.  

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Event: 71st Session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management [viewed]

Among other things, delegates at this session are expected to consider the draft Action Plan for Energy-efficient Housing in the UNECE Region, a report on “Climate Neutral Cities,” plans for a seminar in November on land-use planning around hazardous industrial sites to held jointly with the Secretariat of the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention, and a proposal by the Committee Bureau to present a September 2011 ministerial meeting with a draft Framework Convention on Affordable, Healthy and Ecological Housing in the UNECE Region.  

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UNECE Publishes MDGs Report for Europe and Central Asia [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has published a report titled "The MDGs in Europe and Central Asia: Achievements, Challenges and the Way Forward." The chapter on MDG 7 (environmental sustainability) was jointly prepared by UNECE and the Regional Office for Europe of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and contains several references to climate change.

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UNECE and UNCTAD Organize Workshop on Climate Change and International Transport [viewed]

8 September 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) organized a joint workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, on 8 September 2010, on climate change impacts on international transport networks.

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Event: Future of Cities - ICLEI's 20th Anniversary Congress [viewed]

This Congress is organized by ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability. Partners include the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR). The four congress themes are: eco-efficiency (more with less); resilience (stability through flexibility); Green Economy (prosperity through change); and happiness (well-being as wealth).  

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ECLAC Holds Seminar on International Trade's Vulnerability to Carbon Footprint Policies [viewed]

3 September 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) organized a seminar to address the vulnerability of Latin America's international trade to carbon footprint policies adopted by developed countries.

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Event: VI Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED6) [viewed]

This gathering of ministers of environment and of development is an agenda-setting forum to assess the state of sustainable development, identify regional perspectives and priorities, and decide concerted actions in response to imperatives posed by global and regional environment challenges. It is co-organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). The event is based on the recognition that the Asia and Pacific region continues to face persistent development challenges in terms of poverty alleviation, better access to basic services, sustainable use of natural resources and enhanced social inclusiveness. This situation is exacerbated by emerging risks and uncertainties including the food, energy and financial crisis as well as climate change threat. In addition, the region remains particularly susceptible to natural disasters, which are likely to increase in frequency and intensity as a result of climate change impacts.  

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Event: International Energy Efficiency Forum and Workshop on Investments in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Projects [viewed]

The Forum is organized jointly by the Government of Kazakhstan, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). It will combine an assessment of energy efficiency (EE) and renewable energy (RE) policy and legislative frameworks with the analysis of international best practices in EE and RE, focusing on ways and means of financing EE and RE investments.  

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