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Faced with increasing water stress and climate change impacts on the water resources it shares with its neighbours, Cote d’Ivoire has joined the United Nations Water Convention – a UN treaty to improve joint water management across borders.  It is the 53rd Party to the Convention and 10th African
The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, is visiting Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 16 to 17 July 2024. During the visit, he will meet with key government officials, representatives of the international community, private, and public sectors in Bosnia and
The rise of fast-fashion, marked by rapid turnover of collections, has led to a sevenfold increase in the global trade of used clothing in the last 4 decades. With more than 80% of all purchased clothing items globally (62% in the EU) being disposed of as general garbage, which is incinerated or
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and The United Nations Climate Change High-Level Champions (Climate Champions) have launched a call for advanced-stage clean energy projects in the Western Balkans, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern and Southeast Europe to be presented to
UNECE and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) today issued a joint call to action to accelerate the adoption of globally interoperable standards essential for achieving digital trade worldwide. The Call to Action was launched at UNECE-hosted 42nd Forum of
UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) has adopted an amendment to the United Nations Rule No.1 of the 1997 Agreement that allows for the introduction of a more robust test procedure to measure exhaust particle emissions during periodic technical inspection tests for
Young entrepreneurs and changemakers must be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and mindsets to navigate complex challenges and lead change towards a healthier and more sustainable world. At first of its kind international Forum for Europe, Central Asia and North America, held this week
UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt will launch the UN Global Road Safety Campaign #MakeASafetyStatement, in partnership with JCDecaux, in New York City on 1 July.  The campaign aims to promote road safety and create safe, inclusive, and sustainable streets worldwide.
The United Nations’ Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) has adopted the new regulation for Acceleration Control for Pedal Error (ACPE), and regulatory provisions for the introduction of a new generation of braking systems for electric vehicles.  The new UN
Three years ago, the European Union and UN Member States challenged UNECE to demonstrate that traceability and transparency were possible in the clothing and footwear sector. Today, after more than 20 project pilot projects, and 110 pledges from leading brands, manufacturers, non-governmental
In many countries in Europe, North America and Central Asia, more than one in four older persons is affected by depression. Later life brings transitions such as retirement, bereavement, chronic illness, and changes to living arrangements and caregiving responsibilities that can increase stress,
More than two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the country has experienced considerable environmental destruction with both immediate and longer-term consequences on human health, ecosystems, the Ukrainian economy and beyond. Attacks on infrastructure and industry have resulted
Kharkiv, the second most populous city in Ukraine situated just 30 km from the Russian border, is among the urban areas most affected by the war and the target of renewed shelling over the last weeks.   According to its Mayor, Ihor Terekhov, 150,000 of the approximately 1.3 million people in the
Ahead of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin on 11 – 12 June 2024, UNECE Executive Secretary Tatiana Molcean visited Kyiv from 4 to 6 June to discuss UNECE support for the country’s reconstruction and recovery with Ukrainian government officials, the United Nations Country Team, the
The UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) is pleased to announce that Qatar has joined its global partnership in the fight to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries globally. Since 2018, the Fund has been working to help halve road deaths and injuries in low- and middle-income countries, where over 92% of
With 6.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, road crashes are firmly placed in the top five causes of death in Uzbekistan.  Associated economic costs are estimated at 2.8% of GDP annually, states the newly released United Nations Road Safety Performance Review of Uzbekistan.  Worldwide, 1.19 million 
The UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) is proud to announce the release of its 2023 Annual Report, 'Staying the Course, Building Government Capacities,' alongside the launch of the 'Road to Morocco,' a call to replenish the UNRSF for continued global road safety efforts. This announcement took place
To share, exchange and understand data, ships and ports need to use harmonized international standards. When ships enter and leave ports, vital information must be exchanged with various entities on land about the ship, cargoes, dangerous goods, crew, passengers and other relevant information for
The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will visit South Africa from 13 to 15 May 2024 to support national and local authorities’ road safety initiatives. In particular, the Special Envoy will launch the UN Global Campaign for Road Safety, in partnership
Iran has become the sixth contracting party to the TIR Convention to connect its national customs system with the eTIR international system, which was developed by UNECE to modernize and facilitate the cross-border transportation of goods in transit.   Iran's successful interconnection with the
As part of the new Masterplan Concept being developed for Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second most populous city, the Norman Foster Foundation along with the Kharkiv City Council, the UNECE UN4UkrainianCities Initiative, Arup, the Kharkivproject Institute and Buildner are launching an international
To establish sustainable and ethical practices for sourcing critical minerals, it is crucial to prioritize human rights, gender equality, and youth engagement. It is also imperative to integrate protection of human rights into resource management. The central focus should be women’s empowerment
Walking is a key component of a public transport journey. Travel surveys repeatedly show that nearly all public transport users walk as part of their trip. According to a study conducted in 12 European cities between 2016 and 2022 by the Research Institute Socialdata, Stavanger, München, an average
Trade documents are the building blocks of global supply chains, articulating key terms of transactions or events occurring between two or more parties.   The publication today of the Key Trade Documents and Data Elements (KTDDE) report by the Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) of the
Accurate mineral reporting and classification in the global mining industry is needed to ensure transparency, reliability, and comparability of data, facilitating informed investment and decision-making by governments and all stakeholders for sustainable resource management practices. This will