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Press Releases 2008

This is a list of UNECE Press Releases and Notes for the Press issued during 2008.
23 December Affordable housing is a priority for overcoming the crisis and achieving the Millennium Development Goals
19 December Secretary-General appoints Ján KUBIŠ of Slovakia to head United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
18 December UNECE Global Energy Efficiency 21 Project (GEE21) launched during Poznań COP-14
12 December The fifth meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention examines current challenges and looks to the future
11 December Woody biomass – the fuel of choice for Serbia
10 December Revised UNFC aims to simplify reporting of energy and mineral reserves and resources in a globalized world
4 December UNECE member States join forces to design societies for all ages
Newly constituted Working Group on Ageing adopts programme of work
3 December “The real estate and financial crisis: Causes, effects and impacts on development”
2 December UNECE Awards Major Contracts to Finance Energy Efficiency Investments for Climate Change Mitigation
21 November Water Unites in Almaty: German Government and UNECE present the Berlin Water Process, part of the EU Strategy for Central Asia
18 November Investing in Energy Security Risk Mitigation
Strategic alliances between national and international energy companies offer the key
14 November Water unites: improving water management in Central Asia
11 November Help is on the way, there’s hope for the future, you can do it!
Selling Democracy: Films of the Marshall Plan 1948-1953
11 November Green goods, blue goods: for whom and on what terms?
4 November UNECE promotes International Year of the Potato 2008
29 October Forests combat climate change, provide renewable energy and supply fresh water: policymakers must integrate all these elements in a sustainable way - European Forest Week, 20-24 October 2008
29 October North American forest products market crash spreads throughout UNECE region; green building combats climate change
24 October Building green is way forward, concludes UNECE/FAO workshop
20 October Improving Central Asia’s Investment Climate to be Focus of Major Economic Forum
17 October Europe’s forests enrich our lives and help save the planet: European Forest Week, 20-24 October
24 September Growing volumes of international trade in goods cause major bottlenecks in the hinterland connections of seaports which currently form the weakest link in global supply chains.
23 September Wood energy is the best and most important solution for renewable heat generation in Europe, with modern burning technologies efficient enough to meet the highest environmental standards.
19 September No country in the region is immune from the spreading of informal settlements, reports UNECE study
16 September Tackling climate change – the role of wood products
8 August Promoting a healthy and transparent real estate market: New UNECE advisory body now operational
5 August United States forest products market crash impacts UNECE region markets
16 July Climate change and rising oil prices: Why energy efficiency in housing is crucial
4 July The climate is changing: we need to adapt now
1 July The hope of architecture in the UNECE region
1 July Building Capacity in Intellectual Property Rights Increases National Wealth
16 June Fifty years of safer and cleaner vehicles - The value of United Nations Vehicle Regulations
13 June Aarhus Parties commit to strengthening environmental democracy in the UNECE region and beyond
10 June Parties to the world’s most far-reaching treaty on public participation and environmental rights meet in Latvia on 11-13 June 2008, Riga, Latvia
3 June International standards to progress paperless trading in Asia-Pacific - Joint APEC-UN/CEFACT Capacity-building Symposium on Paperless Trading, Seoul, 26-28 May 2008
30 May Two years on from WSIS – where do we stand? UN Commission on Science and Technology for Development holds dialogue with the Regional Commissions on WSIS Implementation
28 May Energy efficiency crucial for european energy security and climate change mitigation
27 May New electronic tool offers road transport industry 21st century solution
27 May Energy Efficiency for Global Climate Changes Mitigation
23 May Work on the controversial Bystroe Canal Project to be reconsidered
23 May Environmental agreement among seven countries of South-Eastern Europe signed 20 May
20 May Facilitating early-stage financing for innovative enterprises: UNECE experts meet in Moscow on 23 May
9 May How Generations and Gender Shape Demographic Change Conference to discuss policies and new research findings, Geneva, 14-16 May 2008
9 May Controversial Danube Canal – Non-compliance with Espoo Convention? Decision expected on 21 May
9 May Signing of environmental agreement among countries of South-Eastern Europe due 20 May
9 May Spatial planning can help sustainable urban development in countries in transition
25 April Global standards advance at Mexico City Forum (UN/CEFACT 12th Forum, Mexico City, 7-11 April 2008)
15 April Good land administration is a powerful tool for sustainable development, affirms international conference
8 April Important changes in the UNECE on-line macroeconomic database
8 April Improving data quality on wood flows - Essential for policymaking in renewable energy and the forest sector
8 April Investing in innovation - International Conference "Investing in Innovation: Promoting New Opportunities in the UNECE Region", Geneva, 10-11 April 2008
31 March New global regulations for safer vehicles
14 March Safeguarding the right to healthy water
29 February Launch of new initiative to increase the capacity of governments to undertake public private partnerships - First Session of the UNECE Team of Specialists on PPPs
22 February The Pan-European Perspective for the Economic Integration of South-East Europe: the Role of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe - Goran Svilanović to present new report on the future of economic cooperation in South-East Europe (Tuesday, 26 February, 4 p.m. – Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sofia)
15 February Euro-Asian economic boom facing transport risks
13 February Lavrov endorses enhanced energy security dialogue
12 February Dangerous goods agreement enters into force
12 February Enhancing the innovative capacity of companies in the UNECE region: policy options and practical instruments - Second Session of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies
5 February Gunnar Myrdal Lecture: "The Future of European Cooperation - a view from Moscow" by Sergey V. Lavrov, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Palais des Nations (Salle XIX), Geneva, Tuesday, 12 February 2008, 3 p.m.
29 January Transport Ministers to meet on Euro-Asian transport links during the 70th Session of the UNECE Inland Transport Committee
25 January Sustainable agriculture and land management in the context of climate change
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