UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Africa Day Focuses on Agriculture and Climate Change [viewed]

africa-days-event19 November 2013: Africa Day, a full-day event held on the margins of the Warsaw Climate Change Conference, brought together African leaders, scientists and other stakeholders to discuss climate change and agricultural development on the continent. Presented by the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC), and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the event aimed to reach African development partners as well as negotiators from other regions.

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UNOSAT Bangkok Office Will Facilitate DRR Work [viewed]

bangkok-office14 November 2013: The UN Institute for Training and Research's (UNITAR) Operational Satellite Applications Programme (UNOSAT) has opened an office in Bangkok, Thailand, following up on a partnership agreement between UNITAR and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific (ESCAP) to collaborate on disaster management, capacity development and satellite applications.

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Germany and ECLAC Sign Protocol for Structural Change Based on Equality and Sustainability [viewed]

ECLAC12 November 2013: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) signed a protocol with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) aimed at boosting structural change based on equality and sustainability.

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ESCAP, KEITI Launch Asia Carbon Footprint Network [viewed]

UNESCAP6 November 2013: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia-Pacific (ESCAP) and the Korea Environmental Industry and Technology Institute (KEITI) launched the Asian Carbon Footprint Network (ACFN), which is expected to serve as a regional platform to share expertise on carbon labeling and carbon footprint programmes, and to help support markets, producers and consumers to move towards low-carbon pathways.

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African Subregional Reports Highlight SDG Priorities [viewed]

UNECA23 October 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has issued reports from each of Africa's sub-regions on priorities for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including themes and proposed goals, targets and indicators. The reports serve as input to the Africa Regional Consultative Meeting on the SDGs taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 31 October-5 November 2013.

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Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa Identifies Development Opportunities [viewed]

ccda-iii24 October 2013: With approximately 500 participants from government, academia and civil society, the Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa focused on identifying approaches to strengthen Africa's ability to better prepare for transformational development in the face of climate change.

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Event: 22nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Sustainable Energy [viewed]

At its 22nd session, the UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Sustainable Energy will discuss issues including: achieving Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) in the UNECE region; reliable and stable transit of energy resources and its role in ensuring sustainable development and international cooperation; reducing carbon intensity in the energy sector; and the role for gas in a green economy.  

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ECLAC Launches Database on Climate Change Adaptation in Coastal Zones [viewed]

ECLAC2 October 2013: The UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) launched an interactive, web-based database aimed at helping Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries in planning coastal management and preventive measures to adapt to the effects of climate change on their coastal zones.

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Event: Third Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) [viewed]

The Third Annual Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-III) will convene under the theme of: Africa on the rise: can the opportunities from climate change spring the continent to transformative development? The Conference will address a number of sub-themes that aim to share experiences, disseminate research results and assess how Africa is coping with the impacts of climate change. These include: the value of climate services (science, data and information) in Africa's development; the way climate policies build effective resilience to the impacts of climate change in Africa; the unexplored options of climate finance; green economy; and the global climate change framework and Africa. The Conference, organized by the African Climate Policy Centre (ACPC), convenes each year under the auspices of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. ClimDev-Africa is a consortium of key African development institutions, including the UN Economic Commission (UNECA), the African Union Commission (AUC) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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New AMCOMET Website Launched Ahead of African Climate Conferences [viewed]

amcomet1 October 2013: The African Ministerial Conference on Meteorology (AMCOMET) launched a new website to increase the visibility of its work in fostering political will to strengthen national meteorological and hydrological services, enabling them to: improve the delivery of weather, climate and water services in Africa; and promote sustainable socioeconomic development.

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