UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Event: EU-SDC Programme on Land Governance in Africa Launch [viewed]

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), in collaboration with the Government of Niger, will organize a series of events to launch the European Union-Swiss Agency for Cooperation and Development (EU-SDC) Programme on Land Governance in Africa. The Programme aims to promote the integrated implementation of the Voluntary Guidelines on the Responsible Governance of Tenure of Land, Fisheries and Forests in the Context of National Food Security (VGGT) and the Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy in Africa (F&G) in 10 countries: Angola, Burundi, Côte d'Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Niger, Somalia, South Sudan, and Swaziland. The Programme will support these countries' efforts to mainstream the VGGT and F&G in their policy, legal and institutional processes through awareness raising, capacity development, technical facilitation, strengthening of partnerships, and monitoring and evaluation. The programme of events will include: the launch of the EU-SDC Programme and multi-stakeholder awareness raising workshop on VGGT and F&G on 24 February; the First capitalization meeting on 25-26 February; and training on VGGT and F&G on 27 February 2015. The events will bring together about 30 participants representing the EU, SDC, FAO, LPI, coordinators of implementing organizations, and representatives of government land agencies from the ten countries.  

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Event: Launch of Support Programme to Mainstream Land Governance in the IGAD Region [viewed]

This event will launch a three-year project to support the mainstreaming of land governance across programmes and activities implemented by the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and convene related meetings of the project's steering committee and the Regional Economic Commissions. Supported by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, the project also aims to enhance the capacity of IGAD and the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) to facilitate and monitor the implementation of the African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges across the Eastern Africa and the Horn region. The LPI is a joint programme of the African Union Commission (AUC), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). The events will bring together about 50 participants representing the AUC, IGAD Member States and LPI partner institutions, civil society organizations, and the media.  

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LPI Expert Group Meeting Discusses Mainstreaming Gender in African Land Policy [viewed]

LPI6 February 2015: An Expert Group Meeting organized by the Land Policy Initiative (LPI) elaborated the draft LPI Gender Strategy and identified key follow-up actions and roles that the LPI, its partners and other stakeholders can play in ensuring that gender considerations are mainstreamed in land policy processes across the continent.

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IWG Reviews Harmonization and Utility of Forest Product Data [viewed]

itto-fao-unece30 January 2015: The Intersecretariat Working Group on Forest Sector Statistics (IWG) met to review data collection efforts and plan for future activities. In particular, the meeting highlighted that, in 2014, data were made available on 50 forest products, thereby reducing national reporting burdens by half.

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Policy Update #10: The Quest for Harmonized Implementation: Anticipating a Broader Role for Basin Organizations in the Post-2015 Era [viewed]

The advent of 17 draft sustainable development goals (SDGs) and 169 targets, in mid-2014, has promoted interest in the “harmonized” implementation of goals, and raises many practical questions. Is it inevitable that some goals and targets will be favored over others? How can governments and other development actors respond to this detailed agenda in an even-handed manner, without collapsing under the weight of competing aims? Which actors are capable of taking them on? Discussions of the water-energy-food nexus, in recent years, have raised similar kinds of concerns. There are some examples of on-the-ground approaches that respond to sustainability concerns across the nexus, but the governance of power generation, agriculture and water management sectors, more often than not, remains fragmented.

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ECLAC Releases Annual Statistical Yearbook on the Region [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo2 February 2015: The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) has released the Statistical Yearbook for Latin America and the Caribbean 2014. The annual Yearbook provides a statistical overview of the social, economic and environmental development processes in the region, to support comparative analysis of Latin American and Caribbean countries using statistical data.

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LAC Representatives Discusses Elements of Natural Resource Governance Compact [viewed]

1280784375ECLAC_logo20 January 2015: Representatives from several Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) countries, European countries and the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) met for a high-level roundtable on creating a regional compact on natural resource governance. Alicia Bárcena, ECLAC Executive Secretary, said better governance and natural resource use are required to ensure a more diverse, environmentally sustainable economy.

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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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