UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

UNECE Agrees on Charter on Sustainable Housing [viewed]

UNECE8 October 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) has agreed on the text of a Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing. While technically nonbinding, the Charter represents a political commitment by the 56 UNECE Member States to address a wide variety of environmental, health and social issues associated with housing, and provides guidelines and benchmarks for monitoring progress. It also supports policies and actions, and encourages international cooperation at all levels. The text was agreed during the Committee's 75th session, held on 8-9 October 2014, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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Event: 76th Session of UNECE CHLM [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe's (UNECE) Committee on Housing and Land Management (CHLM) will hold its 76th session to review its work and discuss issues involving housing, land management and urban development, including standards for energy efficiency in housing, smart cities, and implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the ECE Region for the Period 2014-2020. The session will also agree on CHLM input into HABITAT III, the global Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.  

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UN Report Reviews Efforts to "Deliver as One" on Climate Change [viewed]

United Nations22 September 2014: Ahead of the Climate Summit 2014, the UN released a report, titled 'How the United Nations System Supports Ambitious Action on Climate Change: The United Nations System Delivering as One on Climate Change and Sustainable Development.'

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ECLAC Report Tracks Progress in Indigenous Peoples' Rights [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo22 September 2014: According to a report by the UN Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), indigenous peoples in Latin America have seen improvement in terms of their access to health care and education, political participation and recognition of territorial rights. However, significant gaps still exist, according to 'Guaranteeing Indigenous People's Rights in Latin America: Progress in the Past Decade and Remaining Challenges,' launched during the World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), taking place from 22-23 September 2014, at UN headquarters in New York, US.

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Event: Joint Session of the 38th European Forestry Commission and 72nd UNECE Committee on Forest and Forest Industry [viewed]

Created in 1947, the European Forestry Commission (EFC) is one of six Regional Forestry Commissions established by FAO to provide a policy and technical forum for countries to discuss and address forest issues on a regional basis. It meets bi-annually. The EFC has a number of associated subsidiary bodies, including the Working Party on the Management of Mountain Watersheds; the UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management; and seven UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists.  

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UNECA, LPI Host Workshop on an African Farmers' Dialogue Platform [viewed]

uneca-lpi4 September 2014: A workshop organized by the Capacity Development Division of the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) brought together representatives of continental and regional farmers' organizations with the aim of establishing a dialogue platform in support of the African Union (AU) Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in Africa.

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LAC Seminar: Family Farmers, Indigenous Peoples Key to Climate Change Adaptation [viewed]

fao-eclac24 August 2014: Participants at the fifth Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) regional seminar on agriculture and climate change recognized the key role of family farmers and indigenous people in helping the region confront the challenges posed by climate change, protect agrobiodiversity and improve food security.

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DESA Analyzes SIDS Sustainable Development Trends [viewed]

DESAAugust 2014: Despite advances toward sustainable development, small island developing States (SIDS) continue to face many challenges, according to ‘Trends in Sustainable Development: SIDS,' a publication issued by the UN Department for Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) Division for Sustainable Development (DSD) as an input to the Third International Conference on SIDS. The report assesses SIDS' progress in key sustainable development areas: climate change; demographics; energy; finance and trade; health and non-communicable diseases (NCDs); natural disaster management; oceans and seas; social development, including education, food security, gender equality and access to water and sanitation; tourism; and waste management.

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Event: Land Policy Initiative Experts' Group Meeting [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) is organizing an Experts' Group Meeting (EGM) to revise and validate the LPI's draft communications and advocacy strategy. The LPI developed the draft strategy to: increase awareness and understanding by stakeholders of its objectives; and better position itself as a key driver on land issues in Africa. The validation meeting is expected to: review and discuss the draft strategy to ensure it is in line with the LPI's strategic objectives; provide technical inputs to enrich the draft document for finalization; recommend additional ways to make the strategy more relevant and effective; and propose follow-up actions and partnerships to more effectively implement the strategy. The LPI is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium consisting of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).  

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UNECE, UNEP and FAO Consider Forest PES within a Green Economy [viewed]

FAO UNECEUNEPAugust 2014: The UN has released a report on the role of payments for forest ecosystem services (PES) in a green economy. The report makes use of 14 case studies to identify the implications of PES, their potential use in a green economy and alternative options when PES may not be appropriate.

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