UNECE

UNECE and International Union of Railways Sign MoU [viewed]

26 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Union of Railways (UIC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 24 May 2010, in Prague, Czech Republic. The MoU aims to further strengthen the cooperation between UNECE and UIC in the pursuit of the integration and development of the European transport of goods and passengers by railways, with a view to developing sustainable transport and promoting environment and health friendly transport systems to reduce pollution and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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UNECE Releases Guidance on Sustainable Mobilization of Wood [viewed]

19 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a publication titled "Good Practice Guidance on the Sustainable Mobilization of Wood in Europe," which provides an overview of measures countries can take to mobilize their wood resources to help Europe reach its renewable energy objective of 20% by 2020.

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UNECE Launches Pilot Projects on Adaptation in Transboundary Basins [viewed]

14 May 2010:The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has launched a new programme of pilot projects aimed at promoting cooperation on adaptation to climate change under the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (UNECE Water Convention). The Programme was launched at the workshop “Water and Climate Change- How to Develop an Adaptation Strategy in Transboundary Basins,” which took place from 10-11 May 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNECE Reports on Aral Sea Basin Programme Meeting [viewed]

3 May 2010: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has reported on the development of the Third Aral Sea Basin Programme, a regional action plan for 2011- 2015 that will improve preparedness to address new challenges, including climate change.

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Commission Discusses European Forests and Climate Change [viewed]

30 April 2010: The 35th Session of the European Forestry Commission (ECE) met from 27-29 April 2010, in Lisbon, Portugal, to discuss European forests' central role in climate change mitigation and adaptation.

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European Commission Proposes Clean Transport Strategy [viewed]

28 April 2010: The European Commission has tabled a technology-neutral strategy on clean and energy-efficient vehicles, which aims to strengthen the European car industry while contributing to European leadership in climate change and clean transport.

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UNECE Transport Project Meetings Adopt Innsbruck Initiative [viewed]

27 April 2010: National coordinators for the Trans-European Motorway (TEM) and Trans-European Railway (TER) projects from 13 countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the Caucasus adopted the “Innsbruck Initiative for safe, secure, prosperous and environmentally friendly transport” on 23 April 2010.

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UNECE Pollutant Release Protocol Close to Operationalization [viewed]

23 April 2010: The first meeting of the governing body of the 2003 Kiev Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTR) culminated in the adoption of a declaration and a set of decisions to operationalize the Protocol. 

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Event: Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This event has been rescheduled

The Steering Committee of the Energy Efficiency 21 (EE21) Project will hold its 21st meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, on 21 April 2010. This will be the last of three related events held back-to-back in Geneva.  

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Event: First meeting of the Group of Experts on Global Energy Efficiency of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project [viewed]

This meeting has been rescheduled.

The first meeting of the Group of Experts of the Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project (GEE21), created at COP 14 in Poznań, Poland, by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to facilitate cooperation and exchange between regional UN commissions on energy efficiency for climate change mitigation, will: discuss recent developments in the GEE21 Project, especially the newly published document “Financing Global Climate Change Mitigation: Sources of Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Investments;” hear presentations on sustainable energy programmes and projects; and discuss the 2010-11 programme of work.  

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