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Geneva Ján Kubiš, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), will take part in the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health to be held on 10-12 March 2010 in Parma (Italy). Some 800 participants, including high-level government officials,
Geneva On 2 March 2010, the United Nations General Assembly unanimously adopted a historical resolution aimed at strengthening action of the international community to reduce deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes worldwide over the next ten years.In the resolution, tabled by the
Geneva While we wait for the miracle that will solve the transport sector’s carbon footprint, transport experts agree that by implementing a combination of existing measures real progress can be made in the fight against global warming.During the annual session of the United Nations Economic
Geneva Inland water transport is an environmentally friendly, reliable and cost-efficient mode of transport, and yet only seven per cent of goods is transported on inland waterways in the European Union (road carries 79% while rail carries 15%). Half of Europe’s population live close to the
Geneva Full-body scanners are the latest security gadgets at airports and millions of containers may soon need to be scanned before they are boarded on ships. But what is currently being done to secure transport on roads, rail and inland waterways? How will the responsibilities for securing
Geneva At 10 p.m., on 30 January 2000, in the northern Romanian town of Baia Mare, a mine tailings dam burst releasing over 100,000 cubic metres (the equivalent of 40 Olympic sized swimming pools) of cyanide and heavy metal contaminated water into the Sasar, Lapus, Somes and Tisza rivers
Geneva On 28 January 2010 Ukraine acceded to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (ADN), bringing the number of Contracting Parties to thirteen.In a ceremony at the Palais des Nations, Deputy Minister and Head of the State
Geneva In countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), affordable housing has yet to become a reality. The region lacks a social rental housing market and its multifamily housing stock needs urgent restructuring. There is the additional problem of buildings that have become
Geneva UNECE’s Working Party on Gas is holding its 20th Annual Session on 19 and 20 January 2010. For the past 20 years, the Working Party has served as a forum gathering governments, the industry and international organizations to assess changes and trends in the gas situation in Europe,
Geneva Over the last ten years, China has moved from being a modest player in the world’s forest products markets, to becoming one of the leading exporters of manufactured forest products and a major trading partner of both Europe and North America. This is one of the main findings of
Geneva Ján Kubiš, UNECE Executive Secretary, held a Town Hall meeting on Friday 15 January to outline priorities for 2010.The meeting started with a minute of silence in memory of the UN colleagues who lost their live or are reported missing following the earthquake that devastated Haiti.
Geneva On 18 December 2009, the Parties to the Protocol on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution further stepped up their efforts to regulate or get rid of POPs in the region by broadening the Protocol’s scope to include seven