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UNECE International Forum on Energy Efficiency in Housing Convenes [viewed]

Unece23 November 2009: The International Forum on Energy Efficiency in Housing, under the aegis of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), is taking place in Vienna, Austria, from 23-25 November 2009, to consider a draft action plan for improving buildings' energy efficiency performance in the UNECE region.

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UNWTO LEADERS CALL FOR GREEN ECONOMY SUPPORTING GLOBAL POLICIES [viewed]

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) Ministers' Summit convened in London, UK, on 10 November 2009.

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Event: Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference [viewed]

The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, convened by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE, or UNECE) Committee on Environmental Policy, is being prepared in accordance with the provisions of Reform Plan of the “Environment for Europe” process. This Conference will consider two main themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.” Under the second theme, discussions will focus on the reduction of carbon emissions, energy efficiency, sustainable consumption and production, and the reconfiguration of financing and infrastructure to better accommodate environmental considerations. While the Astana Ministerial Conference is expected to address identified environmental issues of common concern in the UNECE region, the Conference provides an opportunity to address priority environmental issues in the Central Asian sub-region.  

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UN-Water Presents Message on Water and Climate Change in Barcelona [viewed]

climate-change-adaptation3 November 2009: On the margins of the UNFCCC talks taking place in Barcelona, Spain, UN-Water presented a key message on Water and Climate Change Adaptation prepared for the 15th session of the Conference of the Parties to the UNFCCC (COP15).

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UN Regional Commissions Exchange Views on Climate Change Economic Impacts [viewed]

Unga27 October 2009: The UN General Assembly Second Committee (Economic and Financial) held an interactive dialogue with Heads of the UN Regional Commissions on 27 October 2009, on “regional perspectives on the economic impacts of climate change.”

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2011 Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to Address Green Economy [viewed]

2011 Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference to Address Green Economy27 October 2009: The Seventh “Environment for Europe” Ministerial Conference, to be held in autumn 2011 in Astana, Kazakhstan, will have two themes: “the sustainable management of water and water-related ecosystems” and “greening the economy: mainstreaming the environment into economic development.”

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UNECE-FAO Forum Underscores Role of Forest Sector in Reducing Emissions, Green Economy [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A policy forum on “The Forest Sector in the Green Economy,” organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) on 15 October 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, highlighted the need to promote and maximize the forest sector's contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to reflect this in post-Kyoto climate change agreements.

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UNECE-FAO Workshop Highlights Green Building for Climate Change Mitigation [viewed]

© UNECE21 October 2009: A workshop on “Responding to climate change: wood's place in a global approach to green building,” was organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) during the Timber Committee Week, held from 12-16 October 2009. Among the workshop's conclusions was agreement that green building is a solution to climate change mitigation: energy-efficient construction for new buildings and renovation of existing buildings can reduce 40-50% of energy used for space and water heating.

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UNECE Pollutants Protocol Enters into Force [viewed]

6 October 2009: A legally binding instrument on pollutant release and transfer registers will enter into force on 8 October 2009, and help identify, among others, emitters of certain greenhouse gases across Europe.

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UNECE and WHO Regional Office for Europe Workshop Highlights Human-Powered Mobility in Cities [viewed]

© UNECE30 September 2009: National and local policies are needed to support walking and cycling as sustainable and alternative ways of transport in urban areas that contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions as well as air and noise pollution, limit urban congestion and favor human health. This is the conclusion of the workshop titled “Safe and Healthy Walking and Cycling in Urban Areas” held in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24-25 September 2009.

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