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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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UNECE Publishes Study on Energy-Efficient Housing [viewed]

© UNECE28 September: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has released a study on energy-efficient housing entitled “Green Homes.”

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UNECE Committee to Work on Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

Presentation that noted the use of electric vehicles as one of the key drivers of a global energy transition28 September 2009: One of the outcomes of the 70th session of the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland, was the decision to include in the Committee's programme of work a study on climate neutral cities.

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UNECE and FAO Assess Wood Energy Consumption Increase [viewed]

© UNECE25 September 2009: Growing wood energy consumption linked to efforts to mitigate climate change is increasing the likelihood of severe competition for wood on traditional forest products markets. There is therefore a need to establish realistic targets for renewable energy sources, balancing traditional wood processing industry needs with growing energy needs, taking into account the sustainable availability of woody biomass in all its various forms, in the short, medium and long term.

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UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management Discusses Climate Neutral Cities [viewed]

© Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary, UNECE, opened the seminar on climate neutral Cities by video message. He called for a stronger focus on the housing sector in the post-Kyoto agreement of UNFCCC COP-15.23 September 2009: An all-day seminar on climate neutral cities was organized during the 70th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management, which convened from 23-25 September 2009, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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UNEP YOUTH CONFERENCE DEMANDS ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE [viewed]

The largest ever youth gathering on climate change, the TUNZA International Youth Conference, convened in Daejeon, Republic of Korea, from 17-23 August 2009.

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UNECE/FAO's Forest Products Annual Market Review Indicates an Increase in Use of Wood Energy [viewed]

© UNECE4 August 2009: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have released the Forest Products Annual Market Review for 2008-2009, which indicates that the economic crisis has impacted severely the forest products sector across the UNECE region, except for the wood energy sector.

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UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Releases Set to Enter into Force [viewed]

© UNECE17 July 2009: The Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (or Aarhus Convention), is set to enter into force on 8 October 2009, following France's ratification, which was deposited with the UN Secretary-General on 10 July 2009.

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