UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Event: Fourth Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins: Adaptation Serving Multiple Purposes [viewed]

This workshop is organized under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with the support of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat. It is organized in partnership with the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) International Waters Learning Exchange and Resource Network (IW:LEARN). The workshop is taking place back to back with the sixth meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 27 June 2013. Convened during the International Year of Water Cooperation, the workshop will highlight examples of successful cooperation among stakeholders, sectors and countries in adaptation to climate change. The workshop will bring together professionals from all over the world working on adaptation to climate variability and change especially -but not only- in transboundary basins.  

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UNECE, UNDP Stakeholder Workshop Focuses on Climate Change Adaptation in the Neman River Basin [viewed]

UNDP UNECE22 May 2013: A stakeholder workshop on basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman River Basin, shared by Belarus, Lithuania and the Kaliningrad Oblast of the Russian Federation, presented a climate change pilot project and outlined results achieved so far to Lithuanian stakeholders from different sectors and municipalities.

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Asia-Pacific Governments Adopt Agenda for Inclusive and Resilient Growth [viewed]

UNESCAP2 May 2013: 
The 69th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) met under the theme, 'Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises,' and concluded with the adoption of 17 resolutions aiming to balance the economic, social and environmental dimensions of sustainable development for regional well-being.

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Report Estimates LAC Needs for Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation [viewed]

eclac-idb22 April 2013: A report published jointly by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) estimates that Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) will require US$17-27 billion to adapt to the unavoidable physical impacts of climate change projected for the region, and about US$100 billion annually in mitigation investments to meet the global climate stabilization goal.

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Event: 69th Commission Session of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

The 69th Commission Session of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) will convene under the theme “Building resilience to natural disasters and major economic crises”. The Senior Officials Segment will convene from 25-27 April in preparation for the Ministerial Segment, to be held from 29 April-1 May.  

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Event: Forest Products and Technologies for the Future [viewed]

Organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the Timber and Forestry Section of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the Federal Forestry Agency of the Russian Federation, the seminar will examine forests in the Russian Federation and the technologies required for the modernization of the country's forestry sector. The seminar will also explore the potential of the Russian Federation's forests with regard to climate change mitigation and the sustainable supply of timber and bio-energy.

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World Water Day Celebrates Water Cooperation [viewed]

22 March 2013: This year's edition of World Water Day, celebrated on 22 March, was organized around the theme of water cooperation and within the framework of the International Year of Water Cooperation. The Day's celebrations were coordinated by UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), in collaboration with the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA), for UN-Water.

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FAO Releases 20-Point International Agenda on Forests and Water [viewed]

FAO21 March 2013: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)  has released a report, titled "Forests and Water: International Momentum and Action," which presents a comprehensive and practical international agenda on forests and water research and policy. The publication is based on a synthesis of outcomes and recommendations from events organized by the FAO and other institutions between 2008 and 2012.

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Pacific Leaders Call for Regional Solidarity in Addressing Climate Challenges in Post-2015 Framework [viewed]

26 February 2013: Representatives of Pacific island states called for regional solidarity in addressing climate challenges at a one-day consultation on post-2015 development, held in Dili, Timor-Leste, on 26 February 2013.

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ClimDev-Africa Highlights Commitment to Tackling Climate Change [viewed]

7 March 2013: Participants at the Fourth Session of the Steering Committee Meeting of the Climate for Development in Africa (ClimDev-Africa) Initiative reiterated their commitment to tackling climate change impacts in Africa, and recognized a need for the three lead partners, the African Union Commission (AUC), the UN Economic Commission for Africa (UN ECA) and the African Development Bank (AfDB), to work as one in implementing its 2013 work plan.

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