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Moscow joins the Trees in Cities Challenge, bringing planting pledges to around 11 million trees

With a pledge to plant almost 83,000 new trees, Moscow became the first city in Russia to officially commit to the initiative launched by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in 2019.

As one of the world’s megacities with a population of over 12 million, Moscow is…

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Москва присоединилась к инициативе «Вызов: деревья в городах», приводя общее обязательство по посадкам деревьев к 11 миллионам

Обязуясь посадить почти 83 000 новых деревьев, Москва стала первым городом в России, который официально поддержал инициативу, запущенную Европейской экономической комиссией Организации Объединенных Наций (ЕЭК ООН) в 2019 году.

Являясь одним из мегаполисов мира с населением более 12…

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UNECE announces winners of its Building Back Better infrastructure award 2021

In the framework of its fifth International PPP Forum (22-26 April 2021), UNECE organised a competition to showcase the best People-first PPP projects contributing to 'Build Back Better' from Covid-19.

Projects needed to address the following issues: stakeholder and community…

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UNECE assists Montenegro in its journey towards sustainable development

Since 2018, UNECE has been assisting Montenegro in the implementation of the recommendations from the third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) carried out in 2015. 

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, activities have been adapted, with funds being redeployed to support the…

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UNECE recognises the Norman Foster Foundation as a Centre of Excellence on sustainable housing

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Norman Foster Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 23 March 2021. 

The two organisations formalise their cooperation in the promotion of sustainable housing and sustainable cities through the…

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Use of digital UN/CEFACT standards in air cargo boosts efficiency and resilience of multimodal transport and supply chains

The safety, security, efficiency, and resiliency of supply chains will benefit from air cargo digitalization, supported by standards developed at UNECE’s UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT).  

Public health concerns over COVID-19 are a new driving force…

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UNECE-led Partnership to improve energy efficiency of the building supply chain in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia 

A UNECE-led partnership will improve energy efficiency of the global building supply chain and its products to deliver high performance buildings in seven UNECE member States: Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. 

The launch of the …

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Countries step up commitments for circular and sustainable resource use, leveraging multilateral cooperation at UNECE’s 69th Commission session

The extraction of raw materials worldwide has more than doubled since 1990 and could double again by 2060, fuelling environmental degradation and increased vulnerability to climate change. As major users and producers of natural resources, 56 countries of the UNECE region, spanning from North…

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Integrated efforts for sustainable mobility and smart connectivity can boost recovery in pan-European region and North America  

Recognizing the vital importance of mobility and connectivity for sustainable economic development and taking stock of key challenges, UNECE has consolidated its work in this cross-cutting area to help countries leverage its tools to steer recovery efforts towards the Sustainable Development…

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More “joined-up” approaches to measure and monitor sustainability are needed to sharpen policies in UNECE region 

More robust monitoring and measuring systems are required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UNECE report on Measuring and Monitoring progress towards SDGs that uses a “nexus” approach to chart a course for more “joined up” activities. 


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UNECE calls for integrated and sustainable natural resource use through a "nexus" approach

The use of material resources, fuelled by economic and population growth, urbanisation and societal changes, has increased more than ten times since 1900 and is set to double again by 2030. The annual global extraction of materials has increased from 27 to 92 billion tonnes since 1970, while the…


“People-smart” and “cities-based” approach to sustainable development is key, urges UNECE report

Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals at the urban level is crucial to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, stresses UNECE in a new report that advocates for a “cities-based” and “people-smart” approach to sustainable development.  

With cities today as the driving force in economic,…

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UN Task Force issues recommendations for green and healthy transport to support a sustainable COVID-19 recovery

Countries of the Pan-European region can seize the COVID-19 recovery as a turning point for green and healthy transport and mobility as a foundation to build a better future for all, urges a UN Task Force.  

Bringing together over 50 experts from member States, international institutions…

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Los países de la región oriental de la CEPE pueden desempeñar un papel destacado en el almacenamiento de CO2, según un nuevo informe

Los países de Europa del Este, el Cáucaso y Asia Central albergan un importante potencial de almacenamiento de CO2. Utilizando datos disponibles públicamente, el análisis realizado por expertos en geología identificó por primera vez un potencial de almacenamiento en yacimientos de petróleo …

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Countries in the eastern UNECE region can play a leading role in CO2 storage, according to new study

Countries of Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia host significant potential for CO2 storage. Using publicly available data, the analysis by geological experts identifies for the first time storage potential in oil reservoirs in excess of 62,000 million tonnes (Mt) of CO2  in the …

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Selon une nouvelle étude, les pays de la région orientale de la CEE-ONU pourraient jouer un rôle de premier plan dans le stockage du CO2

Les pays d'Europe orientale, du Caucase et d'Asie centrale recèlent un important potentiel de stockage du CO2. En utilisant des données publiques, l'analyse de géologues a identifié pour la première fois un potentiel de stockage dans des gisements de pétrole de plus de 62 000 millions de tonnes…

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Согласно новому исследованию ЕЭК ООН, страны восточного региона ЕЭК ООН могут играть ведущую роль в хранении CO2

Страны Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии обладают значительным потенциалом для хранения СО2. Анализ, проведенный экспертами-геологами с использованием общедоступных данных, впервые определяет потенциал хранения в нефтяных резервуарах, превышающий 62 000 миллионов тонн (Мт) CO2 в…

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UNECE’s Regional Forum 2021 highlights SDGs as a compass to recover better

How can the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) guide us to recover better? At the 2021 Regional Forum, more than 1,400 key stakeholders connected virtually during 7 days of action for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). From 10-18 March 2021, changemakers from all parts of the UNECE…

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UNECE launches training on the use of international standards to help MSMEs recover better from COVID-19

Every crisis contains the seeds of opportunity and growth, and the COVID-19 pandemic is no different. International standards provide powerful tools for bolstering economic resilience, while enabling enterprises to improve their productive capacity.  Given their extensive…

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UNECE launches new data platform for forests in the region

According to the most recent Forest Resources Assessment report published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FRA2020), the UNECE region has been one of few regions where forest area has increased over the last three decades, up by 33.5 million hectares. This puts…