UNECE

Event: Joint Session of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission [viewed]

The Action Plan on the Role of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy is intended to provide policymakers with ideas for ways and means of improving and promoting the forest sector's contribution to a green economy. It could be presented to UNCSD as a practical contribution to greener economies in the ECE region.  

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Event: 64th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe [viewed]

The high-level segment of this UNECE Session will cover two main themes: “Economic integration in the UNECE region” and “The role of regional integration and cooperation for promoting sustainable development in the UNECE region,” with the latter focusing on transport and trade infrastructure, and energy cooperation.  

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UNECE Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention Tackles Black Carbon [viewed]

22 December 2010: The 28th meeting of the Executive Body of the Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution Convention (LRTAP) took place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 13-17 December 2010. Participants discussed the expansion of the scope of the Convention to tackle black carbon, among other items.

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Informal Geneva Green Group Formed [viewed]

20 December 2010: UN Greening the Blue has reported that an informal Geneva Green Group was formed, gathering staff at Geneva-based UN organizations interested in getting involved in activities carried out in support of “greening the UN.”

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UNECE Supports Finalization of Third Aral Sea Basin Programme [viewed]

17 December 2010: On 15 December 2010, in Almaty, Kazakhstan, the Board of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea reviewed the draft third Aral Sea basin programme for 2011-2015, with support from the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) project “Regional dialogue and cooperation on water resources management in Central Asia.”

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UNECE, WHO Organize Symposium on Green Investment in Transport [viewed]

13 December 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Health Organization's (WHO) Regional Office for Europe organized a symposium on “Green and health-friendly investment and jobs in transport,” in the framework of The Pan-European Programme on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP).

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UNECE, EDB Conclude MoU [viewed]

30 November 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Eurasian Development Bank (EDB) have concluded a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to re-confirm their commitment to cooperate in promoting regional economic integration and the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in the Eurasian region.

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UNECE, FAO Launch Wood Energy Enquiry [viewed]

26 November 2010: The Forestry and Timber Section of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has launched a Wood Energy Enquiry for the UNECE region for the reference year 2009, in order to better understand the role of wood energy within the region by promoting cross-sectoral communication and cooperation between the energy and forestry sectors in the member States.

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UNECE Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events Adopted [viewed]

25 November 2010: The second session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health, which convened from 23-25 November 2010, in Bucharest, Romania, adopted the Guidance on Water Supply and Sanitation in Extreme Events.

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Guest Article #51: Water, Health and Climate Change - How to Adapt Water Supply and Sanitation to the Changing Climate? [viewed]

Climate change clearly has health impacts which are mostly related to water. Health hazards may be caused by extreme temperatures, an increase in water temperature, water scarcity, and chemical and biological contamination of water used for different purposes (including food production and processing). Increasing water scarcity may limit access to water for drinking water and sanitation, increase the concentration of pollutants, reduce the self-cleaning capacity of sewers and limit the ability of natural ecosystems to assimilate wastes.

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