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Sustainable development cannot happen without sustainable energy, and fossil fuels will remain a necessary component of sustainable energy for the foreseeable future. From 20 to 23 October, over 100 representatives from UNECE member States and beyond gathered in Geneva for the first UNECE…
Not only are climate change impacts felt acutely through their effects on water resources, such as flooding and droughts, water is also central in adaptation and mitigation strategies to address climate change. These linked interactions were the focus of some of the discussions at the fifth…
UNECE has just launched a web portal to improve water management, to share knowledge about the state of water resources and to track progress in ensuring the sustainability of water resources across the region. The portal is the virtual face of the Astana Water Action (AWA), a toolkit of…
The end of 2014 will mark the end of the 2010 round of population and housing censuses (spanning from 2005 to 2014), and the beginning of the 2020 round.  All UNECE countries but three conducted a census in the 2010 round, as requested by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. …
In 2013, gross domestic product (GDP) increased about two per cent both in North America and in the countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA), as compared to the previous year. Growth remained modest in the EU, while in the Euro zone GDP diminished by close to 0.5 per cent…
Global partnerships are essential to achieve significant improvements in the global supply of water and sanitation services. Over 150 representatives from the public and private sector will gather to Geneva (Palais des Nations  - salle XVIII) on 21-22 October to discuss how Public-Private…
Water scarcity was a key element discussed at the high-level business forum organized by Nestlé and UNCTAD in Lausanne on 9 October. Participants in the “Creating Shared Value Global Forum” discussed the changing role of business in society and how governments and civil society can work with…
On 17 September, Kazakh authorities, UNECE and the Executive Board of the International Fund for the Saving of the Aral Sea organised a round-table on dam safety in Astana to discuss and plan for improved dam safety in Kazakhstan. Representatives from key authorities and stakeholders from…
The effects of economic growth and increasing population in urban areas are challenging many countries, including those that historically have been integrating human settlements in a naturalistic environment, like Lithuania.To address these challenges, the Kaunas City Municipality and the…
UNECE will celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, on 1 October, with a performance by “Magic Movers”, a dance group of Lincolnshire-native senior ladies who have found in their dancing steps a way of expressing their vitality and joy for life. Aged between 60 and 94 years, the British…
UNECE, the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan and the Regional Environmental Centre’s Caucasus Branch Office in Azerbaijan organized a national round-table on the legal implementation of the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) to the Espoo Convention on 29…
This bilingual (English/Russian) publication presents the results of the international conference on “standards and Regulatory Systems” organized by UNECE on 19 November 2013 in Geneva in cooperation with the Russian Union of Industrialist and Entrepreneurs.Legislators and authorities have long…
On 27 August, UNECE delivered a training seminar on how to use its Trade Facilitation Implementation Guide (http://tfig.unece.org/) in Kiev. Organized in cooperation with the ministries of economy and transport and the Interagency Working Group on trade facilitation in Ukraine, the seminar…
The role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation, stability and sustainable development will be discussed at a high-level international conference in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from 3 to 4 September 2014. The event is organized by the Government of Turkmenistan, in…