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Enhancing transboundary water cooperation is crucial for accelerating progress ‎towards SDG6: UNECE commits to help closing the current governance gap ‎

“Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation for all is badly off track. This is hindering progress on the 2030 Agenda, the realization of human rights and the achievement of peace and security around the world.  Water and sanitation cut across all three pillars of the United Nations – peace and security, human rights and development. They are integral to each”.

Dirty air endangers UNESCO World Heritage Sites and produces high costs

Pollution in the air is not only harming human health and the environment but is also degrading surfaces of historical buildings and monuments. The impact of dirty air on materials is enormous and can destroy our cultural heritage, an important component of our individual and collective identity. In addition, corrosion and soiling as a result of air pollution can lead to severe economic losses.

Political cooperation across borders protects water resources in Drin Basin ‎

Shared among Albania, Greece, Kosovo*, Montenegro and North Macedonia (the five ‘Riparians’), the Drin River Basin provides water resources for drinking, energy, fishing and agriculture, biodiversity, tourism and industry. The Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the sustainable management of the Extended Drin Basin was endorsed on 24 April by high level representatives from the five Riparians.

World Water Day 2020: how water and climate change are ‎inextricably linked and how UNECE instruments help

Water is crucial for climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as health, hygiene, sustainable development and life. The global climate crisis is inextricably linked to water.: 90% of all disasters are water-related. Over two billion people live in countries experiencing high water stress, while around four billion people face severe water scarcity for at least one month every year.

UNECE welcomes Kazakhstan’s accession to the Protocol on Pollutant ‎Release and Transfer Registers

On 27 January 2020, Kazakhstan acceded to the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), becoming the thirty-seventh Party to the Protocol. Kazakhstan is the first country in Central Asia to accede to the Protocol.

‎40 years of cooperation and counting with UNECE Air Convention: Ministers and high-‎level representatives renew commitment to tackle air pollution

When 32 Member States signed the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution in 1979, it was not evident that it would develop into a successful regional framework for controlling and reducing the damage to human health and the environment caused by transboundary air pollution.