UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UNESCO to Organize High-Level Roundtable on Adaptation to Climate Variability on World Water Day [viewed]

February 2009: The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) will organize a high-level roundtable event on World Water Day 2009, which is celebrated on 22 March, with the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe and the UN-Water Secretariat.

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UNECE Inland Transport Committee Addresses Climate Change [viewed]

23 February 2009: The 71st annual session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Inland Transport Committee is taking place from 24-26 February 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNEP GC25/GMEF Takes Decisions on Climate, International Environmental Governance and Mercury [viewed]

25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum

23 February 2009: Delegates to the 25th Session of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Governing Council/Global Ministerial Environment Forum (GC25/GMEF), which met from 16-20 February 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya, took 17 decisions including on international environmental governance, a significantly increased UNEP budget, support to Africa on climate change, and mercury. In the decision on support to Africa, the GC requests the UNEP Executive Director to work with the UN Economic Commission for Africa to provide technical support to the African Climate Policy Centre once established, and to promote the mainstreaming of climate change into social and economic development processes. On coordination within the UN, the GC welcomes the Executive Director's efforts as chair of the UN Environment Management Group, including in promoting the UN's commitment in moving towards climate neutrality. In addition, the GC approved funding to support climate change activities.

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UNECE to Organize Workshop on Energy Efficiency in Housing [viewed]

 UNECE announces the first Workshop on energy efficiency in housing

February 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing a workshop on energy efficiency in housing, from 21-22 April 2009, in Sofia, Bulgaria. The workshop will bring together representatives from governments, the private sector and academia to provide UNECE member States with policy guidance and suggestions on how to increase energy efficiency in the housing sector.

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UNECE Releases Translations of Coloring Book on Environmental Issues [viewed]

Daddy you can save the planet! Now in Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish

20 February 2009: Ján Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), presented the Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish versions of the coloring book “Daddy you can save the planet!” 

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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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