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Geneva The Extended Bureau of the UNECE Committee on Environmental Policy met on 16 and 17 March 2010 to further prepare the Seventh Ministerial Conference “Environment for Europe”. The “Environment for Europe” process and its Ministerial Conferences provide a high-level platform for
Geneva Environmental problems such as global warming, land degradation and loss of biological diversity, transboundary disputes linked to the use of water and other natural resources, the effects of unsustainable consumption – addressing these challenges requires a change of attitude in
Geneva Andrey Vasilyev, Director of UNECE’s Economic Cooperation and Integration Division since 2006, has been appointed Deputy Executive Secretary. He will take office on 1 April 2010. Mr. Vasilyev will bring to his new function his more than 20 years of experience with the United Nations.
UNECE participated in the 5th session of the World Urban Forum, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 22 to 26 March 2010, under the motto “The Right to the City - Bridging the Urban Divide.” Ján Kubiš, UNECE Executive Secretary, was one of the speakers in a Dialogue on “Sustainable
Geneva Transparent and efficient land management is a pre-requisite for the correct functioning of land and real estate markets, both of which play a fundamental role in guaranteeing a country’s prosperity and sustainable development. Transparent institutions can reduce the costs of access to
Geneva “Regulations affecting the trade of timber products are evolving quickly, and this evolution should be closely monitored because of the impacts on the entire forest sector.” So concluded the workshop on “Emerging Trade Measures in Timber Markets”, organized by the United Nations
Geneva The twenty-seventh meeting of the Compliance Committee of the UNECE Aarhus Convention took place in Geneva from 16 to 19 March 2010. The main outcomes of the meeting were as follows:The Committee discussed the substance of communications concerning:a) Armenia, in connection with
Geneva The UNECE Population Unit is preparing a Road Map on Mainstreaming Ageing for the Republic of Moldova. Based on an in-depth appraisal of the situation in the country, recommendations will be prepared on how to implement internationally agreed policy standards, as set out in the
Geneva The development of services is a major source of productivity growth in modern economies, as it provides critical inputs for other activities and makes possible new forms of activities and business models.Despite the increasing importance of services, the promotion of innovation in
Geneva UNECE is organizing a regional consultation on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on 17 March 2010 at Palais des Nations (Salle VIII). Achieving the MDGs is still a challenge for many countries of the UNECE region, which gathers a large group of advanced economies, but also a
Geneva Over the last decades, timber has emerged as a globally traded commodity, with trade flows, especially of processed timber goods, growing rapidly. In this context, some stakeholders believe that despite attempts to minimize obstacles to the free flow of timber products, emerging
Geneva The UNECE/FAO Timber Section has just launched its periodical enquiry on the state of forests and forest management in Europe. National correspondents from 46 countries in the pan-European region were invited to provide information on the status and changes of forests, their
Geneva The World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations, adopted today, at its March 2010 session, a new version of UNECE Regulation No. 100 which introduces type approval requirements for all types of electric and hybrid vehicles’ electric safety requirements . Type approval refers to
GenevaTransparent and efficient land management is a pre-requisite for the correct functioning of land and real estate markets, both of which play a fundamental role in guaranteeing a country’s prosperity and sustainable development. Transparent institutions can reduce the costs of
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.