UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

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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Event: 37th Session Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Management [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section working party will consider guidance and issues related to work areas covered by the Working Party including: forest data, monitoring and assessment, policy dialogue and advice, and outreach and communications. The meeting will also include a celebration of the International Day of Forests 2015.  

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UNECE Meeting Discusses Wood-Based Fuels and Fibers [viewed]

UNECE20 November 2014: As part of the seventy-second meeting of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), the UNECE held a 'Market Discussion,' that focused on projected developments for 2015 in the forest sector and related markets.

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UNECE Committee Discusses Future of Forests as Carbon Sinks [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section conducted a regional review of carbon sequestration in forests. The review concludes that the European region contains 41% of the world's forests, worth 225 million tons of carbon per year as a forest biomass carbon sink.

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UNECE, FAO Report on Gradual Recovery of Forest Product Markets [viewed]

FAO UNECE18 November 2014: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have released the 2013-2014 'Forest Products Market Review,' which stresses that while some market recovery has occurred since the 2009 trough of the financial crisis, forest product markets remain about 10 to 15% below pre-crisis levels.

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Event: Second Meeting of the UNECE/FAO Teams of Specialists on Forest Sector Outlook [viewed]

The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) Forestry and Timber Section team of specialists will consider the forest sector outlook for the period 2014-2017, based on suggestions from surveys, input from members, and outcomes from the first meeting of the Team of Specialists. This meeting will also consider guidance from the Integrated Programme of Work for 2014-2017 adopted at Metsä2013, which calls for greater coherence among regional outlook studies.  

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Inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa Launches Investment Guiding Principles [viewed]

UNECA14 November 2014: The inaugural Conference on Land Policy in Africa (CLPA), which met under the theme ‘The next decade of land policy in Africa: ensuring agricultural development and inclusive growth,' aimed to: strengthen advocacy for comprehensive land policy, and build capacity through improved access to knowledge and information; help create a platform for presenting research activities and networking opportunities; and focus the attention of relevant stakeholders on the issues and status of land policy development and implementation in Africa.

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