UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

African Group Outlines Issues to be Addressed in Doha [viewed]

30 November 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) released a press release from the African Group to address issues with negotiations at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change's 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) and the 8th session of the COP serving as the Meeting of the Parties to the Kyoto Protocol (COP/MOP).

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Event: Group of Experts on Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for International Transport Networks: Fifth Session [viewed]

The Fifth Session of the Group of Experts on climate change impacts and adaptation or international transport networks will convene 7 December 2012 in Geneva, Switzerland. Items on the provisional agenda include, inter alia: discussion on the Report of the Group of Experts; and Replies to the Questionnaire for collecting information on existing and potential climate change impacts on transport, as well as degree of preparedness and relevant policies for adaptation.  

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ESCAP Publishes Asia-Pacific Statistical Yearbook [viewed]

6 November 2012: The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) has published its “Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2012.”  The Yearbook features country profiles with selected statistical indicators, tables and charts for the 58 regional and associate members of ESCAP. It highlights Asia-Pacific gains in economic growth, poverty reduction and child survival while also noting wide development gaps, particularly in gender equality and health care.

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UNECE Reports on Workshop on Neman River Basin Management in a Changing Climate [viewed]

UNECE5 November 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) newsletter for the week of 5-9 November 2012 reports on workshops on challenges and prospects for the joint management of the Neman River basin, which addressed the impacts of climate change.

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UNECE Timber Committee Discusses Sustainable Forest Products and Energy [viewed]

UNECE25 October 2012: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Timber Committee convened to discuss the annual wood market, an action plan for the forest sector in a green economy, European Forest Week and the Committee's programme of work through 2017.

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Event: UNECE Meeting of the Core Group of Pilot Projects on Climate Change [viewed]

This meeting will discuss pilot water adaptation projects launched by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Watercourses Convention) Task Force on Water and Climate.  

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UNECE/FAO Forest Newsletter Highlights Wood Energy Impacts and Data Reliability [viewed]

UNECEOctober 2012: The latest Forest Newsletter of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) focuses attention on two workshops on the impacts of wood energy use and wood energy data reliability, as well as their Joint Wood Energy Enquiry, which provides information on the origin and amount of wood energy consumption.

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UNISDR, UNESCAP Release 2012 Asia-Pacific Disaster Report [viewed]

23 October 2012: The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) have released the ESCAP/UNISDR Asia-Pacific Disaster Report 2012, titled “Reducing Vulnerability and Exposure to Disasters.” The report was released on the sidelines of the Fifth Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction.

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African Climate Change and Development Conference Urges Guidelines for African Policymakers [viewed]

UNECE20 October 2012: The Second Conference on Climate Change and Development in Africa (CCDA-II), “Advancing Knowledge, Policy and Practice in Climate Change and Development,” was organized around three sub-themes: climate services delivery for development; Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL), with a focus on Africa; and outstanding issues in climate negotiations.

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Event: UNECE and UNDP Belarus Neman River Basin Seminars [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Belarus have organized this week-long meeting as part of the project “River basin management and climate change adaptation in the Neman River Basin”. Meeting participants, including representatives of government ministries, water agencies, UNECE, UNDP, and other stakeholders, will discuss the findings of the first joint assessment of water resources and climate change impacts in the Neman Basin, released earlier in October. The meeting includes field trips to analytical control laboratories, hydropower plants, monitoring stations, quarries, and other water facilities in Belarus and Lithuania.  

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