UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Event: Africa Climate Talks: East/Southern Africa, and Indian Ocean SIDS [viewed]

Under the theme, 'Democratizing Global Climate Change Governance and Building an African Consensus toward COP 21 and Beyond,' the Africa Climate Talks (ACT!) are being organized by the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Programme. This series of interconnected sub-regional and Africa-wide events will contribute to Africa's preparation for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC, engaging Africans from all walks of life. ACT! aims to raise public awareness of climate change, hear perspectives of linkages between climate change issues and Africa's development, and consider the potential implications of COP 21 outcomes for Africa. ACT! for the East and Southern Africa regions and the Indian Ocean small island developing States (SIDS) will take place in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, on 3-5 September 2015. ClimDev-Africa is a joint Programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB).  

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Final MDG Report: Gains, Shortfalls Point Way to Post-2015 Success [viewed]

milenium_goals_report6 July 2015: Extreme poverty was ended for more than one billion people through efforts under the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), according to the final edition of the MDGs Report. The 2015 report highlights achievements in access to drinking water, universal primary education, child and maternal health, gender equality and eliminating hunger, among others. However, the report also underscores the need for more work as part of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to ensure that the poorest and most vulnerable people are not left behind.

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UNECE Reviews Montenegro's Environmental Performance [viewed]

UNECEJuly 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released the third 'Environmental Performance Review' of Montenegro, which discusses policy-making, implementation and the financing of environmental policies and projects.

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Event: World Symposium on Climate Change Adaption [viewed]

With a focus on "innovative approaches to implement climate change adaptation," the World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation (WSCCA-2015) will aim to: provide researchers, civil society and firms from around the world an opportunity to present their work on adaptation; foster the exchange of information, good practice, ideas, experiences and successes acquired in executing adaptation projects; discuss methodological approaches derived from case studies and projects; and provide an opportunity for participants to explore possibilities for cooperation. It will also document and disseminate the existing body of knowledge and experiences on climate change through a book titled 'Innovative Approaches to Implement Climate Change Adaptation' and through a special issue of 'International Journal of Climate Change Strategies and Management'. Among the event's organizers are the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the UN University (UNU) Regional Centres of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the World Health Organization (WHO), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Environment Agency (EEA).  

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Event: Central American Workshop on Agriculture, Environment and Climate Change [viewed]

The Interamerican Institute for Cooperation on Agricuture (IICA), the Central American Agriculture Council (CAC), the French Institute of Central America (IFAC), France's French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development (CIRAD), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and UNEP co-organized the workshop "Perspective of Central America Toward COP21". The morning session of the first day will be videocast on the web at http://www.iica.int/Esp/organizacion/LTGC/ForosTecnicos/Paginas/Foro3-2015.aspx#tabs4, while the rest will feature technical presentations by specialists, followed by panel discussions aimed at exchanging experiences and initiatives in the region aimed at adapting agriculture to climate change and mitigating the sector's greenhouse gas emissions.  

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World Environment Day 2015 Focuses on SCP [viewed]

WED 20155 June 2015: Celebrations and events took place around the globe on the occasion of World Environment Day (WED), which focused on the theme, ‘Seven Billion Dreams. One Planet. Consume with Care.' The theme encouraged consumers to rethink their lifestyles and decrease impacts on natural resources by making one change towards more responsible resource consumption and conscious consumer decision-making.

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UNECE Highlights Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency [viewed]

UNECE2 June 2015: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) Partnership (UNEP DTU Partnership) and the Copenhagen Centre on Energy Efficiency serving as the Energy Efficiency Hub of the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All) Initiative, has released a report, titled 'Best Policy Practices for Promoting Energy Efficiency,' outlining best policy options for promoting energy efficiency in the UNECE region and beyond.

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ESCAP 71 Establishes Energy Committee, Disaster Information Centre [viewed]

UNESCAP29 May 2015: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) adopted 14 resolutions at its 71st session, including agreement to promote transport and information and communications technology (ICT) links, establish a centre to share and manage disaster information, and create a Committee on Energy.

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LAC Negotiators Prepare for Paris [viewed]

eclac_unep19 May 2015: Senior officials and negotiators from Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries gathered for a meeting, titled ‘4th Meeting of Chief Climate Change Negotiators of Latin America and the Caribbean,' to discuss the content of a climate change agreement, which is expected to be adopted during the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the UNFCCC in Paris in December 2015.

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ECLAC Executive Secretary Outlines Importance of 2015 [viewed]

ECLAC7 May 2015: In an op-ed for the World Economic Forum blog, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary, UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) explains why the year 2015 is critical for sustainable development, noting that three big events in 2015 – the Third International Conference on Financing for Development (FfD 3), the UN summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda, and the Paris Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 21) – share a common foundation: the call that emerged in the 1990s for more sustainable growth and development patterns.

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