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UNECE continues to mobilise international architects to help Ukrainian cities build back better

UNECE has mobilised international architects to help the city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine’s ninth largest city, develop a forward-looking, people-centred master plan for building back better. This work will be led by One Works, a global design and architecture company, in collaboration with Ukrainian architects, following discussions between the City Council and international architects that were facilitated by UNECE.

Local architects to contribute to the development of the new master plan for Kharkiv

The third online meeting on the new Master Plan for Kharkiv on 28 May 2022 saw a group of local architects join the discussions led by the Norman Foster Foundation and the City Government of Kharkiv.  Mayor of Kharkiv Ihor Terekhov spoke of his vision to transform the city to become a great European city, well developed economically and with its distinct architecture highlighting the city’s history and cultural heritage. Architect Norman Foster underlined that "history, culture, celebrating the past, is all hugely important when planning neighbourhoods and rebuilding a city."

UNECE to coordinate UN Task Force on new Master Plan for the city of Kharkiv

The war has already caused the destruction of infrastructure in many urban areas of Ukraine and will require enormous efforts by the government and international partners to reconstruct following the cessation of hostilities.

In April 2022, the Ministry for Communities and Territories Development developed draft recommendations for plans for rebuilding cities and human settlements, which are expected to be applied by local governments as part of the reconstruction efforts.

UNECE and Regional Commissions stress upscaling new multilateralism for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda

New multilateralism, focused on creating synergies between local, national, regional and global efforts, combined with practical, forward-looking solutions are needed to address the pressing challenges facing cities across the globe, including the coronavirus pandemic, rapid urbanization, and natural and man-made disasters.

UNECE and Helsingborg to organize sessions on smart, sustainable and inclusive cities at H22 City Expo

Cities have the power to accelerate the achievement of the 2030 Agenda Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through their work at the local level. Examples of this will be presented and discussed at the H22 +50 Session (31 May 2022), and Dialogue of Eminent Experts on smart, sustainable, and inclusive cities (1 June 2022) organized by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in collaboration with the City of Helsingborg and other partners.

UNECE and Geneva Cities Hub strengthen their cooperation for sustainable urban development

From the climate crisis to inequalities, urban areas play an increasingly central role in tackling key sustainable development challenges. Strengthening the connections between city-level actors and facilitating their engagement in international policy debates is therefore vital to scale up innovative approaches based on concrete experience.

UNECE trains experts in Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Republic of Moldova on high-performance energy efficiency standards in buildings

Improving energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective options for climate action and to meet growing energy demand in most countries. It contributes to energy security, a better environment, improved quality of life, and economic well-being. Out of all sectors of economic activity, the buildings sector has the largest potential for cost-effective improvement in energy efficiency and emissions reductions.

After COP26, we need less talk and more action

COP26 was a positive step forward in the fight against climate change, but as the UN Secretary General pointed out in his comments: “it is not enough. We must accelerate climate action to keep alive the goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.” The compromise deal reflects the interests, contradictions and political will in the world today.