Sustainable Development

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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UN/ISDR Participates in African Parliamentarians Meeting on Reducing the Impacts of Climatic Disasters [viewed]

© UN/ISDR20 October 2009: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR) participated in the Consultative Meeting of Parliamentarians in Chad on 17 October 2009. At the meeting, Parliamentarians and Ministers from Central African countries recognized disaster risk reduction measures as a main tool to adapt to future climate-related disasters that are already affecting many countries in Africa.

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UNIDO to Support Energy Efficiency and Environmentally-Friendly Production in South Africa and Tunisia [viewed]

© UNIDO20 October 2009: Two new projects developed by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) aim to help achieve a sustainable transformation of energy practices in South Africa and promote environmentally-friendly production in Tunisia.

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IEA Ministerial Meeting Discusses Partnerships for Energy Challenges [viewed]

© IEA15 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) celebrated its 35th anniversary and considered the theme “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” during its two-day Ministerial meeting in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009. The meeting gathered energy ministers from the 28 IEA member countries to share views on key energy and environment challenges. In addition, IEA partner countries China, India and Russia participated for the first time together and guest speakers Henry Kissinger and Etienne Davignon - two key founders of the IEA - and Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), helped mark the anniversary milestone.

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UNESCAP Releases Report on Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific [viewed]

© UNESCAPOctober 2009: The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) has released a report entitled “Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific.”

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IEA Ministerial on “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership” Opens in Paris [viewed]

© IEA14 October 2009: The International Energy Agency (IEA) is holding a two-day ministerial-level event in Paris, France, from 14-15 October 2009, themed “Responding to Energy Challenges in Partnership.”

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UNWTO Assembly Endorses Roadmap for Recovery [viewed]

© UNWTO8 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly convened in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009.

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ILO Project Addresses Impact of Changing Weather Patterns on the Local Economy [viewed]

© ILO6 October 2009: The International Labour Organization (ILO) has a launched a new project to reduce the impact of changing weather patterns on the local economy.

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UN Secretary-General at ITU Telecom World 2009: Information Technologies Part of Climate Change Solution [viewed]

© ITU5 October 2009: Addressing the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World 2009, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed the importance of information and communication technologies (ICTs) as part of the solution to the threats imposed by climate change.

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UNWTO Assembly Discusses Tourism's Post-Economic Crisis Recovery and Response to Climate Change [viewed]

© UN7 October 2009: The 18th session of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) General Assembly is convening in Astana, Kazakhstan, from 5-8 October 2009. The session aims to determine how the tourism industry can surmount the decline brought on by the economic crisis while responding to the twin challenges of climate change and poverty alleviation.

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