UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UNDP Portrays Latin America and Caribbean as a Biodiversity Superpower [viewed]

UNDP2 December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) has launched a report titled "Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower" during the Ibero-American Summits of Heads of State and Governments held in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

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UNECE, EDB Conclude MoU [viewed]

30 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to re-confirm their commitment to cooperate in promoting regional economic integration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Eurasian region.

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UNECE, FAO Launch Wood Energy Enquiry [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a Wood Energy Enquiry for the UNECE region for the reference year 2009, in order to better understand the role of wood energy within the region by promoting cross-sectoral communication and cooperation between the energy and forestry sectors in the member States.

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ACP Holds Conference on Climate Change Challenges [viewed]

23 November 2010: The Department of Sustainable Economic Development and Trade Department of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Secretariat organized a conference on 23 November 2010, in Brussels, Belgium, to discuss climate change challenges confronting ACP countries.

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UNECE Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events Adopted [viewed]

25 November 2010: The second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health, which convened from 23-25 November 2010, in Bucharest, Romania, adopted the Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events.

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Guest Article #51: Water, Health and Climate Change - How to Adapt Water Supply and Sanitation to the Changing Climate? [viewed]

Climate change clearly has health impacts which are mostly related to water. Health hazards may be caused by extreme temperatures, an increase in water temperature, water scarcity, and chemical and biological contamination of water used for different purposes (including food production and processing). Increasing water scarcity may limit access to water for drinking water and sanitation, increase the concentration of pollutants, reduce the self-cleaning capacity of sewers and limit the ability of natural ecosystems to assimilate wastes.

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UNECE and Azerbaijan Focus on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

19 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a Country Profile on the Housing Sector of Azerbaijan, and organized the International Forum on Natural Disasters and Building and Construction Safety from 16-17 November 2010, in Baku, Azerbaijan.

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Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa Concludes 11th Meeting [viewed]

18 November 2010: The 11th Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa), which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 14-15 November 2010, has concluded its deliberations on the best approaches to coordinate efforts to support the African Union (AU) and its New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) programme.

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Event: ECLAC Seminar on Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions [viewed]

This seminar is organized by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), the Regional Office of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the Inter American Institute of Cooperation for Agriculture (IICA), with the support of the Government of France.  

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ECLAC Seminar Evaluates Vulnerability of Rural Poor to Climate Change Impacts [viewed]

10 November 2010: A seminar on "Agriculture and Climate Change: Innovation, Policies and Institutions" warned that over 50% of the rural population in Latin America and the Caribbean is particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change on agriculture.

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