UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Event: Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Sustainable Forest Management in Southeast Asia [viewed]

Convened under the UN Forum on Forests Facilitative Process to support financing for sustainable forest management (SFM), the 'Workshop on Harnessing Climate Change Financing for Sustainable Forest Management in Southeast Asia' will consider links and opportunities for harmonization between SFM financing and REDD+. The workshop will be co-convened with the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).  

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Event: Sustainable Land Management Week [viewed]

Events held during Sustainable Land Management Week (SLM) will incorporate the needs and priorities of land administration in the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region in support of the post-2015 development agenda and the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A workshop on ‘Promoting Inclusive, Safe, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements through Designing and Managing Public Spaces' will take place on Tuesday, 24 February, in order to discuss how sound urban public areas promote democracy, inclusiveness and openness, and enhance social cohesion. A workshop organized by the Working Party on Land Administration (WPLA) will convene on Wednesday, 25 February, and will address challenges posed by illegal and unplanned urban growth in the region and tools available to governments to improve livelihoods. On Thursday and Friday, 26-27 February, the ninth session of the WPLA on ‘Land and SDGs' will meet, providing an international platform for a high-level exchange on issues related to land administration and management. Representatives of UNECE member States will review the WPLA's work in 2014 and 2015 and discuss how the UNECE can continue to work to improve land management and land administration practices in the UNECE region. The Second Meeting of International Organizations/Agencies will meet on Friday, 27 February to provide an opportunity to discuss how to work together to improve land management and administration in Europe and the UNECE region.  

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Event: FAO and UNECE Workshop: More Heat with Less Wood [viewed]

This workshop will address the challenges of fostering sustainable firewood use for heating and cooking in households of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region. It will provide a platform for exchanging experiences throughout the region on how to improve wood energy applications, and participants will be invited to develop guidance for providing an enabling policy framework to optimize the use of wood as a clean and healthy source of energy for households. The workshop will result in two outcomes: a collection of best practices; and a roadmap for policy makers. Participants will review and discuss the draft documents, which will be provided prior to the workshop. Participants from development agencies, academia, and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations addressing heating and cooking are expected to attend the workshop. A parallel exhibition will raise awareness regarding the complexity of, and potential improvement in, firewood use in households, including regarding health and resource efficiency. It will showcase the different aspects of efficient firewood use in households, encouraging people to learn about wood, where its energy is stored, how it is transformed to heat and how to preserve this heat for household use.  

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Event: 66th Session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe: Committing to Action on Sustainable Development in Times of Change [viewed]

The 66th session of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) will serve as the Regional Forum for Sustainable Development and give input to the 2015 high-level political forum on sustainable development (HLPF). The high-level dialogue of this meeting will discuss, inter alia: how to transform the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into guidelines, standards, regulations and policies so as to help countries to achieve the goals and take action at the regional level; and how to develop a framework for accountability and monitoring of sustainable development. High-level thematic discussions will also be held and focus on actions and commitments. These discussions will address: sustainable energy and resilient communities; sustainable management of ecosystems and natural resources;connectivity and competitiveness for sustainable lives; measuring and monitoring sustainable development; and partnering for sustainable development.  

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Event: Workshop on Building Resilient Communities through Urban Planning and the Integration of Natural Sciences [viewed]

This workshop, jointly organized by the Committee on Housing and Land Management of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Programme on Assessment and Management of Geological and Climate Related Risk (CERG-C) of the University of Geneva, Switzerland, will focus on the integration of hazards, risks analysis and natural sciences into policy making for cities and human settlements of the most vulnerable countries of the UNECE region.  

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UNECE Water Convention Parties Discuss Reporting Mechanism [viewed]

UNECE16 December 2014: The Core Group on Reporting under the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes concluded its first meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, which reviewed and compared reporting mechanisms of relevance under other international agreements.

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FAO Newsletter Highlights Land Tenure Activities in Support of Voluntary Guidelines [viewed]

FAONovember 2014: In a November newsletter, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) showcases the application of its ‘Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security' in Guatemala. The newsletter also highlights issues and trends on land investments, notes support for the Voluntary Guidelines, describes events and other relevant news and lists recent publications.

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UNECE Region Adopts Framework to Reduce Air Pollution from Agriculture [viewed]

UNECE12 December 2014: Parties to the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution (LRTAP) have adopted an ‘Ammonia Framework Code' to help countries reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture, which threaten human health, causing cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. Atmospheric ammonia, a major contributor to air pollution, also leads to acidification and excessive nutrient loading, resulting in biodiversity loss in many of the most vulnerable ecosystems.

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UNECE and FAO Develop European Forest Sector Scenarios [viewed]

FAO UNECEDecember 2014: As a contribution to the European Forest Sector Outlook Study (EFSOS II), the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) prepared an assessment of the competitiveness of the European forest sector. The assessment notes the positive impact of global economic growth on the forest sector, but suggests that the European forest sector will not benefit from expanding regional markets to the same extent as other regions.

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Syr Darya Basin Focus of Push for Transboundary Cooperation [viewed]

UNECE-FAO-Global Water Partnership4 December 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) convened an assessment workshop for the Syr Darya Basin covering Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. The assessment is part of the ‘nexus approach' designed to link water, food security and energy.

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