UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UN/ISDR, UNESCAP Release Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010 [viewed]

26 October 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) and the UN Economic Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have released the Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2010, on the sidelines of the Fourth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, which is convening from 24-28 October 2010, in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

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ECLAC Publishes Environmental Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean [viewed]

20 October 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released a set of Environmental Indicators for Latin America and the Caribbean 2009 that highlight improvements in protected area coverage, contrasting with loss of forest cover.

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UNECE Timber Committee Discusses Wood Energy and Carbon Markets [viewed]

19 October 2010: The Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) met on 11-12 October 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland, to review the latest international developments affecting the forest sector.

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African Development Forum Focuses on Climate Change and Development [viewed]

15 October 2010: The Seventh African Development Forum was held from 12-15 October 2010 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, under the theme, "Acting on Climate Change for Sustainable Development in Africa."

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UN Secretary-General Vows Support to Guatemala [viewed]

12 October 2010: The International Cooperation Conference for the Reconstruction with Transformation of Guatemala took place from 11-12 October 2010, in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

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AUC, AfDB and UNECA Launch ClimDev-Africa [viewed]

13 October 2010: The Climate Information for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) programme was officially launched on 13 October 2010, during the Seventh African Development Forum (ADF) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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AfDB, UNITAR Collaborate to Provide Climate Change Reporting Training [viewed]

8 October 2010: About 40 African journalists attended a training workshop on climate change reporting that was held from 8-10 October 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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Event: Second Session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health [viewed]

This session is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Office for Europe of the World Health Organization (WHO). Delegates are scheduled to discuss, inter alia: ratification and implementation of the Protocol; development of national strategies on water and health by setting targets and target dates; surveillance of and response to water-related disease; how to ensure water supply and sanitation in extreme weather events; the specific challenges of small-scale water supply systems; equitable access to drinking water; and access to information and public participation under the Protocol. In addition, MOP 2 to the Protocol is expected to adopt the Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Weather Events, which were elaborated by the parties to the Protocol under the leadership of Italy.  

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Event: EGM on the "Development of a Vulnerability Assessment for the Arab Region to Assess Climate Change Impacts on the Water Resources Sector" [viewed]

This Expert Group Meeting (EGM) is organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). It aims to take stock and exchange experiences of Arab countries, as well as that of regional and international organizations, on climate change modeling methodologies, tools, model projections, downscaling techniques and knowledge gaps, as well as ways in which vulnerability can be assessed in view of better understanding the effects of climate change on sustainable development in the Arab region.  

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Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development Focuses on Green Growth [viewed]

2 October 2010: The Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific (MCED-6), which took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 27 September-2 October 2010, concluded with the endorsement of the Astana Declaration and regional implementation plan, and the Green Bridge Initiative to encourage cooperation between the European and Asian regions.

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