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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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Transboundary Basins Workshop Focuses on Adaptation to Climate Change [viewed]

UNECE15 October 2014: The Fifth Workshop on Water and Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins focused on developing and implementing climate change adaptation strategies and measures, taking into account specific outcomes at the transboundary level. The workshop brought together experts working on adaptation to climate variability and change, with a focus on transboundary basins, and was preceded by the 7th meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate on 13 October. It was convened under the leadership of the Governments of the Netherlands and Switzerland, with support from the Secretariat of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).

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UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

UNECE8 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) has agreed on the text of a Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing. While technically nonbinding, the Charter represents a political commitment by the 56 UNECE Member States to address a wide variety of environmental, health and social issues associated with housing, and provides guidelines and benchmarks for monitoring progress. It also supports policies and actions, and encourages international cooperation at all levels. The text was agreed during the Committee's 75th session, held on 8-9 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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IRENA, UNECE Cooperate on Renewable Energy Promotion [viewed]

unece-irena30 September 2014: The International Energy Agency (IRENA) and UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation to increase the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix and promote access to affordable and clean energy. The MoU provides a framework for cooperation between the two organizations on projects and activities, exchange of information and enhanced public dialogue.

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Event: UNECE Sustainable Energy Week [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is organizing Sustainable Energy Week under the theme 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Trends and Milestones'. The three primary events of the week are the meetings of: the Group of Experts on Energy Efficiency (GEEE) on 17-18 November 2014; the Group of Experts on Renewable Energy (GERE) on 18-19 November; and the 23rd session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy (CSE), from 19-21 November. Among other agenda items, GEEE will: discuss and approve its draft work plan; consider such cross-cutting issues as sustainable housing, smart cities, industry and renewable energy; and hear the outcomes of the 5th International Forum: Energy for Development. GERE will, inter alia: discuss renewable energy best-practices; address renewable energy finance and investment; consider how a competitive market environment for renewables can be created; and approve a draft work plan. Highlights from the CSE session agenda include a high-level segment on 'Energy for Sustainable Development: Must Reality Conflict with Ambition?', a discussion on accelerating energy efficiency uptake, and a discussion on how renewables can optimize energy systems. A workshop on the UN Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC-2009) classification of renewable energies will also take place during the Week.  

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Event: 5th Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

The 5th Workshop on Adaptation to Climate Change in Transboundary Basins under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will take place from 14-15 October 2014.  

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Event: 7th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate [viewed]

The 7th Meeting of the Task Force on Water and Climate under the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) will convene on 13 October.  

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Neman Basin Countries Discuss Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

UNECE26 June 2014: Participants at the Neman Basin conference agreed that the consequences of climate change on water resources in the Neman Basin require basin-level action. The meeting took place within the context of a project on river basin management and climate change adaptation, which is led by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Belarus.

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UNECE Region Agrees on Scope, Objectives for Sustainable Housing Charter [viewed]

UNECE8 May 2014: Government Ministers and Agency Heads from 27 countries agreed on the scope and objectives for a Charter on Sustainable Housing in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, at the First Informal Meeting of the Committee on Housing and Land Management. The Charter is expected to support the long-term sustainability of the housing sector and the building of green, socially inclusive human settlements.

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Event: 3rd International Forum on Integrated Water Management [viewed]

This meeting will bring together approximately 500 participants to discuss transboundary water management in a changing climate. The meeting will include workshops led by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Potential Conflict – Cooperation Potential (PCCP) programme and the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Secretariat for the International Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), which will address the place of water in the design of the post-2015 development agenda.  

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