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UNECE issues biodiversity monitoring guidelines to help countries implement Kunming-Montreal framework

Updated guidance published today by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will help governments to strengthen biodiversity monitoring as a basis for sharpened biodiversity protection policies across all sectors. 

The guidance is the first of its kind to build on the…

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Confluence of multiple crises unleashes one of the lowest global economic outputs in recent decades, according to UN flagship report

Stronger fiscal measures needed to resuscitate global economy and support development agenda

New York, 25 January – A series of severe and mutually reinforcing shocks — the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and resulting food and energy crises, surging…

CIS WESP2023

UN warns that near-term outlook for Commonwealth of Independent States and South- Eastern Europe remains fragile amid war in Ukraine and high geopolitical uncertainty

Geneva and Moscow, 25 January - The economic growth in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Georgia will contract in 2023, albeit by a smaller margin than was previously expected, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2023, which was launched today…

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Economic growth in Europe to slow sharply amid high inflation and rising interest rates, according to UN flagship report

Several economies may face a mild recession in 2023 even as risk of energy shortages this winter declines

Geneva, 25 January – The protracted war in Ukraine, elevated inflation and tighter monetary policies will weigh heavily on Europe’s economies this year, but growth is forecast to…

Synthetic data

Could synthetic data redefine the way we share statistical insights?

UNECE is releasing guidance to help producers of official statistics to produce synthetic data. 

Data creates value by guiding the decisions of governments, businesses and individuals. This value is often described in terms of the insights contained within these data, which can, among…

Walking and cycling in NL

Netherlands to host meetings of THE PEP partnerships on active mobility and sustainable tourism mobility

The upcoming meetings of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) Partnership on Active Mobility and the Partnership on Sustainable Tourism Mobility will focus on challenges in promoting and developing policies for walking and cycling, as well as exchange views on…

UNECE recognizes the City Diplomacy Lab at Columbia Global Centers in Paris as a Centre of Excellence

UNECE recognizes the City Diplomacy Lab at Columbia Global Centers in Paris as a Centre of Excellence

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Columbia Global Centers | Paris (CGC|Paris), one of the ten global centres of Columbia University in New York City, signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing the City Diplomacy Lab at CGC|Paris as a UNECE Centre of Excellence…

Forum of Mayors

The Forum of Mayors is officially established at UNECE

Cities are at the forefront of the battle to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, from climate change to pandemics and disasters. As our world becomes more urbanized – with approximately 75% of the population of Europe and North America already residing in cities – these issues…

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First eTIR transport takes place between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan paving the way to a digital era in international transport and transit

The first electronic TIR (eTIR) transport in line with the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) has taken place between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Four packages of dried and fresh fruits were transported first by truck and then by…

Fishing

UN/CEFACT standards strengthen support to sustainable fisheries

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing represents up to 26 million tonnes of fish caught annually. It occurs on the high seas and in areas within national jurisdictions, especially affecting coastal rural populations in…

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UN study on short-term rental housing highlights need to balance economic benefits with affordability and other challenges

A UNECE study on the sharing economy and its effects on housing markets shows how the massive emergence of temporary rental accommodation through platforms such as AirBnB has changed living habits in cities, and highlights a range of policy and regulatory approaches that can be taken to balance…

UN report warns Europe and North America on course for sustained damage from air pollution to health, ecosystems, food production and climate in absence of strengthened measures

UN report warns Europe and North America on course for sustained damage from air pollution to health, ecosystems, food production and climate in absence of strengthened measures

A new report on the effectiveness of international cooperation on cleaner air in the framework of the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention) shows that while emission reductions have been achieved, countries in the Pan-European region and North America are…

Urban trees support global biodiversity and sustainable societies

Urban trees support global biodiversity and sustainable societies

During the past two weeks, over 10,000 delegates have attended the second part of the Conference of Parties (COP-15) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada, as they seek to agree on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Unsurprisingly, forests are at the…

Mayor of Kharkiv and Norman Foster present the approach for the Kharkiv reconstruction master plan

Mayor of Kharkiv and Norman Foster present the approach for the Kharkiv reconstruction master plan

Ihor Terekhov, Mayor of Kharkiv, and Architect Norman Foster presented today details about the new Kharkiv reconstruction master plan approach. It will be based on five pilot projects, chosen in coordination with local residents, and will be developed based on 14 guiding principles discussed…

water holistically from source-to-sea

Breaking down silos: how to manage water holistically from source-to-sea

While freshwater and marine specialists have largely worked in silos, nature has always worked as one: the land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems are closely interlinked and interdependent. So must be their management.  

Bringing together the freshwater and ocean communities, the Global…

UNECE issues study to guide use of novel data sources for measuring migration

UNECE issues study to guide use of novel data sources for measuring migration

To help countries and researchers meet the complex challenges of measuring people on the move, UNECE has today released a study on the use of new data sources for measuring international migration, ahead of the International Migrants Day (18 December).

Migration is an emotive topic that…

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Executive secretaries of UN commissions issue joint statement to enshrine biodiversity protection in all their activities

The world’s biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate, with one million animal and plant species now threatened with extinction. 

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are of critical importance in underpinning the fight against poverty, supporting inclusive sustainable economic…

Available air pollution reduction measures far cheaper than costs of damage to health, ecosystems and economy, confirms UN report

Available air pollution reduction measures far cheaper than costs of damage to health, ecosystems and economy, confirms UN report

New research on the Costs of Inaction on air pollution reveals that in nearly half (26) of 56 countries in the Pan-European region and North America, the current monetary damage cost to health, ecosystems and the economy due to ambient air pollution corresponds to over 5 per cent of GDP. In at…

UNECE to host the “Transport Data Commons” - a global open database on the transport sector’s CO2 emissions

UNECE to host the “Transport Data Commons” - a global open database on the transport sector’s CO2 emissions

With current policies in place, the transport sector’s CO2 emissions will grow almost 20% by 2050 according to the International Transport Forum Transport Outlook, and even more in developing countries. Many stakeholders working to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport need, use…

UNECE standards contribute to new EU Single Window regulation

UNECE standards contribute to new EU Single Window regulation

Through recommendations of its subsidiary body, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), UNECE has contributed to the elaboration of the new regulation that establishes the European Union Single Window Environment for Customs. 

The new…