UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Date and Venue for the Ninth Session of the AWG-KP and Seventh Session of the AWG-LCA Set [viewed]

February 2009: The UNFCCC Secretariat has reported that, following consultations with the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Further Commitments for Annex I Parties under the Kyoto Protocol (AWG-KP), Harald Dovland (Norway), and the Chair of the Ad Hoc Working Group on Long-term Cooperative Action under the Convention (AWG-LCA), Michael Zammit Cutajar (Malta), and taking into account guidance provided by the Subsidiary Body for Implementation, the ninth session of the AWG-KP and the seventh session of the AWG-LCA will take place at the UN Conference Centre of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand, from 28 September-9 October 2009.

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UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane Provides Guidance for Coal Mine Methane Projects [viewed]

UNECE Ad Hoc Group of Experts on Coal Mine Methane

2 February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a document providing guidance on concerns raised in the carbon credit market about reliable carbon credit supplies from Coal Mine Methane (CMM) projects worldwide.

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ECA Executive Secretary Urges African Participation at COP 15 [viewed]

Statement by Mr. Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of ECA

29 January 2009: In a statement delivered at the 14th Ordinary Session of the Executive Council of the African Union, taking place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Abdoulie Janneh, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), noted that although Africa' s economic performance is commendable, it is not sufficient to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the continent now faces the pressing challenges of global financial crisis, climate change and the maintenance of peace and security. He stressed that the continent will bear most of the burden of climate change, and called for mainstreaming mitigation, adaptation, financing and technology issues into the African policy agenda.

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UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications [viewed]

UN-ESCWA to Organize Meeting on Promotion of Renewable Energy Applications. Picture credit: Ahmad S. Qader

January 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for West Asia (UN-ESCWA) is organizing an Expert Group Meeting on “Best Practices and Measures for Promoting Renewable Energy Applications in ESCWA Region,” scheduled to take place from 3-4 February 2009, in Beirut, Lebanon. Back to back with the meeting, the UN-ESCWA Committee on Energy will convene its seventh session from 5-6 February.

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ESCAP and Japan Launch Satellite to Monitor Global GHG [viewed]

Satellite to Monitor Global Greenhouse Gases Launched Successfully

23 January 2009: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have launched a satellite to monitor greenhouse gases (GHG) from space. The GHG Observing Satellite “IBUKI” (or “GOSAT” in its English-language acronym) is the first satellite to observe GHG and monitor changes in the effects they cause.

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UNIDO, UNESCAP and UNEP to Organize International Conference on Green Industry in Asia [viewed]

Announcement: International Conference on Green Industry in Asia

January 2009: The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) are jointly organizing the International Conference on Green Industry in Asia under the theme “Managing the Transition to Resource-Efficient and Low Carbon Industries.”

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ESCAP's Asia-Pacific Business Forum Sets Out Proposals for Asia-Pacific Region's Climate Change Response [viewed]

 Climate Change Meeting Sets Out Key Proposals for Asia-Pacific Region's Response

22 January 2009: The Asia-Pacific Business Forum 2009/Climate Game Change – Innovations and Solutions for Climate Change Adaptation convened in Bangkok, Thailand, on 21 January 2009. The Forum was organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), and it brought together 300 representatives from the private sector, government, civil society and international organizations, with the aim of promoting new partnerships, ideas and resolve for combating climate change.

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UNECE and FAO Launch Indicators Database for Sustainable Management of European Forests [viewed]

New interactive database on indicators of sustainable forest management in Europe

19 January: The Timber and Forestry programme of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have released a new web-based resource tool to enable researchers, policymakers, practitioners and the general public to access data on Europe's forests. The database includes information on the balance of carbon in forest ecosystems, forest health condition, status of forest biodiversity, aspects of production, protected forest areas, as well as social and economic aspects of the forestry sector.

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UN World Economic Outlook 2009 Report Launched in UN Regions [viewed]

World Economic Outlook 2009 Report

15 January 2009: The UN has regionally launched its World Economic Situation and Prospects 2009 Report, a joint product of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the UN Conference on Trade and Development, and the five UN regional commissions.

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UNECE Launches Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

18 December 2008: At a side event held during the 14th Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC, held in Poznań, Poland, the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) launched the Global Energy Efficiency 21 (GEE21) project.

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