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Nigeria's Federal Minister of water resources

Nigeria’s planned accession to UN Water Convention could be a tipping point for cross-border water cooperation, contributing to security, climate adaptation and sustainable development in Lake Chad and Niger basins

Nigeria has taken a significant step towards ensuring the sustainable management of its cross-border waters with a milestone commitment to join and implement a United Nations treaty known as the Water Convention.   

Industrial accident Ukraine

Украина присоединится к Конвенции ЕЭК ООН о трансграничном воздействии промышленных аварий

Украина станет Стороной Конвенции ЕЭК ООН о трансграничном воздействии промышленных аварий в следствие сдачи ею 6 июля 2022 г. на хранение Генеральному секретарю ООН в Нью-Йорке документа о присоединении. Конвенция вступит в силу для Украины 4 октября 2022 г. Это следует за вступлением в силу 29…

Energy efficiency

UNECE report highlights Policy and Technological Options for Kazakhstan and Ukraine to Reduce industry’s Energy Use and Emissions

In response to the request from Kazakhstan and Ukraine, UNECE has developed a study on improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in their industrial sectors. The industrial sector in both countries is the largest energy consumer in the economy, representing 36 percent of final energy…

Industrial accident Ukraine

Ukraine joins UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents

Ukraine will become a Party to the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, following the deposit of its instrument of accession with the UN Secretary-General in New York on 6 July 2022. The Convention will enter into force for Ukraine on 4 October 2022. This…

Espoo Convention

UNECE supports Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in taking stock of progress on strategic environmental assessment and transboundary environmental impact assessment

UNECE delivers a wide range of technical assistance and capacity building activities to support the countries of the Caucasus and Eastern Europe to enhance strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA). An effective system for environmental…


Pledges to UN Road Safety Fund at UN High-level Meeting raise US$ 15 million

More funding is still needed to scale up solutions to save lives and livelihoods worldwide 

The UN Road Safety Fund is proud to support the UN High-level Meeting on Global Road Safety and hosted its first pledging event on 30 June 2022 at the UN Headquarters in New York…


Les promesses de don faites au Fonds des Nations unies pour la sécurité routière lors de la réunion de haut niveau des Nations unies atteignent 15 millions de dollars

Des fonds supplémentaires sont encore nécessaires pour renforcer les solutions permettant de sauver davantage de vies et protéger les moyens de subsistance dans le monde entier

Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour la sécurité routière est fier de soutenir la Réunion de haut niveau des Nations…


Las promesas de contribución al Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Seguridad Vial en la Reunión de Alto Nivel de la ONU alcanzan 15 millones de dólares

Todavía se necesitan más fondos para ampliar las soluciones para salvar vidas y mantener medios de vida en todo el mundo

El Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Seguridad Vial se enorgullece de apoyar la Reunión mundial de Alto Nivel de las Naciones Unidas sobre Seguridad Vial Mundial y…

Water convention

Shared management of cross-border rivers, lakes and groundwater is crucial to avert looming water crises, stress UN and countries after 30-year success of Water Convention

More than 3 billion people depend on water that crosses national borders. As climate impacts – from drought to flooding – are felt more and more acutely worldwide, and with rising demands, pollution and tensions threatening increasingly scarce water resources, cooperation on shared waters offers…

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World’s first Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders elected under the Aarhus Convention

The Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) has elected, by consensus, Mr. Michel Forst as the world’s first Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders…

Uzbekistan tree planting

UNECE and UNDP support Uzbekistan’s Yashil Makon/Green Nation initiative to fight against climate change

Desertification, water scarcity, droughts, and the shrinkage of the Aral Sea are some of the challenges that Uzbekistan faces due to climate change. Given their vital role in regulating ecosystems, protecting biodiversity and landscapes, and supporting livelihoods, trees and forests are at the…


Chief Statisticians adopt position to govern use of data from private suppliers

Chief Statisticians from across and beyond the UNECE region, taking part in this week’s 70th plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians, have today adopted a Position statement on access to data held by the private sector for purposes of official statistics, publicly affirming…

Road Safety

UN Regulation extends ‎automated driving up to 130 km/h in certain conditions ‎

A new milestone in mobility has been reached with the adoption of a proposal to extend automated driving in certain traffic environments from the current limit of 60 km/h to up to 130 km/h.

The amendment to UN Regulation No. 157 adopted today by the World Forum for Harmonization of…

Truck regulation

New UN Regulation harmonizes reverse warning sound of vehicles

A reverse warning sound is widely used to ensure safety of people around medium- and heavy-duty vehicles above 3.5 tonnes. However, until now, there has been no worldwide harmonized regulation for audible reverse warning. To reduce the risk of accidents with reversing vehicles, on the one hand,…


Chief Statisticians reaffirm Official statistics as shared foundation of an informed society and bedrock of democracy, 30 years since adoption of Fundamental Principles

Thirty years after UNECE’s adoption of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, formulated by the Conference of European Statisticians (CES), the same body gathers this week in Geneva to continue its essential and ever-evolving work. Chief statisticians and national statistical offices…

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Rome Ministerial Conference on Ageing closes with commitment to policy action for solidarity and equal opportunities throughout life

The 5th UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing in Rome closed today with the adoption of the 2022 Rome Ministerial Declaration on Ageing “a Sustainable Society for All Ages: Joining Forces for Solidarity and Equal Opportunities throughout life”.

The declaration reconfirms countries’…


Ministers will gather in Rome to review regional progress in the response to populating ageing

Population ageing is transforming the demographic structure of countries in the UNECE region. Over the past 20 years, the number of older persons has risen by 70.3 million, and their proportion increased from 13.4 to 17.5 per cent in 2022, according to United Nations population estimates. Rising…


We need more traceability and transparency to make better choices in the fashion industry, urges activist Lily Cole together with UNECE and FAO in Latin America

“It is a responsibility to happen to be alive at this very moment, when scientists are telling us that we are facing an existential threat. Every person, every business, every government – especially those with the privilege of choice and power – needs to play a part in the transformation…

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Climate change threatens access to water and sanitation, warn UNECE & WHO/Europe, urging reinforced measures under Protocol to boost resilience

From insufficient drinking water supply to contamination by sewage overflow and disease outbreaks from improper wastewater treatment, existing risks from climate change to water, sanitation and hygiene in the pan-European region are set to increase significantly, UNECE and the WHO Regional…


UNECE and UNCTAD join forces in enhancing the private sector’s role in advancing trade facilitation

16 May 2022, Geneva – participants from around the globe representing governments, National Trade Facilitation Bodies (NTFB) experts and private sector joined the online roundtable organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD…