UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UNECE Pollutants Protocol Enters into Force [viewed]

6 October 2009: A legally binding instrument on pollutant release and transfer registers will enter into force on 8 October 2009, and help identify, among others, emitters of certain greenhouse gases across Europe.

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UNECE and WHO Regional Office for Europe Workshop Highlights Human-Powered Mobility in Cities [viewed]

© UNECE30 September 2009: National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as sustainable and alternative ways of transport in urban areas that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as air and noise pollution, limit urban congestion and favor human health. This is the conclusion of the workshop titled “Safe and Healthy Walking and Cycling in Urban Areas” held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24-25 September 2009.

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UNECE Publishes Study on Energy-Efficient Housing [viewed]

© UNECE28 September: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a study on energy-efficient housing entitled “Green Homes.”

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UNECE Committee to Work on Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Presentation that noted the use of electric vehicles as one of the key drivers of a global energy transition28 September 2009: One of the outcomes of the 70th session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, was the decision to include in the Committee's programme of work a study on climate neutral cities.

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UNECE and FAO Assess Wood Energy Consumption Increase [viewed]

© UNECE25 September 2009: Growing wood energy consumption linked to efforts to mitigate climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe competition for wood on traditional forest products markets. There is therefore a need to establish realistic targets for renewable energy sources, balancing traditional wood processing industry needs with growing energy needs, taking into account the sustainable availability of woody biomass in all its various forms, in the short, medium and long term.

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UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management Discusses Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

© Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary, UNECE, opened the seminar on climate neutral Cities by video message. He called for a stronger focus on the housing sector in the post-Kyoto agreement of UNFCCC COP-15.23 September 2009: An all-day seminar on climate neutral cities was organized during the 70th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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GEF, UNDESA and UNESCAP Collaborate in Capacity Building Initiative on Financing Sustainable Electrification [viewed]

10 September 2009: The e8 group of electric utility companies, in partnership with the Global Environment Facility (GEF), the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) recently convened a conference on “Financing Sustainable Electrification: South and South-East Asia Dialogues,” in Bangkok, Thailand.

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UNIDO, UNEP AND ESCAP Co-organize Conference on Green Industry in Asia [viewed]

© ENB11 September 2009: The International Conference on Green Industry in Asia, titled “Managing the transition to resource efficient and low carbon industries,” concluded with the adoption of a non-binding Declaration and Framework of Action outlining steps to reduce the resource intensity and greenhouse gas emissions of industries in Asia, and to track the progress towards a low-carbon industrial future.

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UNEP YOUTH CONFERENCE DEMANDS ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE [viewed]

The largest ever youth gathering on climate change, the TUNZA International Youth Conference, convened in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 17-23 August 2009.

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ECLAC Hosts Second Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue Towards Copenhagen [viewed]

2 September 2009: Addressing the Second Latin American and Caribbean Dialogue towards Copenhagen, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), offered a “neutral ground for dialogue to help the region advance towards common positions.”

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