UN Regional Economic & Social Commission

Africa Environment Day Focuses on Sustainable Forest Management [viewed]

3 March 2011: In celebrations for the ninth Africa Environment Day, the African Union (AU) Commission, in collaboration with the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and local partners, highlighted the importance of sustainable forest management (SFM) for sustainable development and addressing climate change.

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CBD Invites Nominations for North Africa and Middle East Workshop on NBSAPs [viewed]

1 March 2011: The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) has invited North African and Middle Eastern countries to nominate one representative each for participation in a regional workshop on national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs).

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Event: 33rd Joint FAO/UNECE Working Party on Forest Economics and Statistics [viewed]

The meeting will address possible reform of institutional arrangements under the Timber Committee of the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). Additional topics will include: guidance of work areas, including markets and statistics; forest resources assessment; forest sector outlook studies; social and cultural aspects; policy and cross-sectoral issues; the status of the joint wood energy enquiry; and a roundtable on forest information challenges.  

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Event: CBD Workshop for North Africa and Middle East on Updating NBSAPs [viewed]

This regional workshop is jointly organized by the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Technical Secretariat of the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible for the Environment (CAMRE) of the League of Arab States, and the Regional Office for West Asia (ROWA) of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), with the financial support of the Japan Biodiversity Fund. Its purpose is to: strengthen national capacities for the development, implementation, reviewing, updating and communication of national biodiversity strategies and action plans (NBSAPs); help facilitate national implementation of the Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020; and translate the post-2010 strategic plan into national targets and commitments. The workshop will include a session on further developing a regional strategy on invasive alien species, to be facilitated by the Global Invasive Species Programme.  

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Event: Zero Meeting of Possible UNECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Policy and Management [viewed]

Participants at this meeting will consider the possible establishment of a joint Working Party on Forest Policy and Management as a subsidiary body under the Timber Committee of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Forestry Commission of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).  

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UNECE Reviews Turkmenistan's Environmental Performance [viewed]

23 February 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) started an Environmental Performance Review (EPR) in Turkmenistan on 22 February 2011, with a team of international experts remaining in the country until 3 March 2011.

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FAO, UNECE Celebrate International Year of Forests [viewed]

14 February 2011: The UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) have constructed a temporary forest inside the Palais des Nations building in Geneva, Switzerland, in celebration of the International Year of Forests.

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UNDP, ESCWA and League of Arab States Launch Arab MDG Report 2010 [viewed]

December 2010: The UN Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA) and the League of Arab States have launched the "Third Arab Report on the Millennium Development Goals 2010 and the Impact of the Economic Crisis." 

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UNDP Report on Latin America and Caribbean as Biodiversity Superpower Available Online [viewed]

January 2011: The UN Development Programme (UNDP) economic report titled "Latin America and the Caribbean: A Biodiversity Superpower" has been made available online.

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Event: Joint Session of the UNECE Timber Committee and the FAO European Forestry Commission [viewed]

The Action Plan on the Role of the Forest Sector in a Green Economy is intended to provide policymakers with ideas for ways and means of improving and promoting the forest sector's contribution to a green economy. It could be presented to UNCSD as a practical contribution to greener economies in the ECE region.  

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