UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

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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UNECE Holds Round Table on Climate Change and Transport [viewed]

June 2010: Under the auspices of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the 151st Session of the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) held a Round Table on Climate Change and Transport in Geneva, Switzerland, on 24 June 2010.

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Event: UNECE Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency 21 [viewed]

This meeting will be held in the framework of the project Financing Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation, which seeks to promote the formation of a market for energy efficiency in 12 Eastern European, South-eastern European and Central Asian countries to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  

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UNECE Publishes Second Environmental Performance Review of Uzbekistan [viewed]

August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the second Environmental Performance Review of Uzbekistan, which takes stock of the progress made in the area of environmental management since the country was first reviewed in 2001.

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UNECE, FAO Release Study on Wood Consumption [viewed]

3 August 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have published a study showing that, while the consumption of wood and paper products fell by 11.6% in the UNECE region in 2009, wood used for energy is the only segment of the market that grew due to government policies aimed at promoting renewable energy sources in order to mitigate climate change and improve energy security.

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