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La Côte d'Ivoire est le 10e pays africain à adhérer à la Convention des Nations unies sur l'eau

Face à l'augmentation du stress hydrique et aux effets du changement climatique sur les ressources en eau qu'elle partage avec ses voisins, la Côte d'Ivoire a adhéré à la Convention des Nations unies sur l'eau, un traité des Nations unies visant à améliorer la gestion commune de l'eau par-delà…

aerial view - water in Cote d'Ivoire

Cote d’Ivoire is 10th African nation to join UN Water Convention in milestone for water cooperation worldwide

Faced with increasing water stress and climate change impacts on the water resources it shares with its neighbours, Cote d’Ivoire has joined the United Nations Water Convention – a UN treaty to improve joint water management across borders. 

It is the 53rd Party to the Convention and…

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UN Special Envoy for Road Safety to launch the UN global road safety campaign in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, is visiting Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, from 16 to 17 July 2024. During the visit, he will meet with key government officials, representatives of the international community, private, and public sectors in Bosnia and…

UNECE ECLAC study on second-hand clothes

UNECE and ECLAC propose measures to reduce environmental and health impacts of global trade of second-hand clothes

The rise of fast-fashion, marked by rapid turnover of collections, has led to a sevenfold increase in the global trade of used clothing in the last 4 decades. With more than 80% of all purchased clothing items globally (62% in the EU) being disposed of as general garbage, which is incinerated or…

Wind turbines

UNECE and Climate Champions launch call for clean energy projects for investor showcasing at COP29

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and The United Nations Climate Change High-Level Champions (Climate Champions) have launched a call for advanced-stage clean energy projects in the Western Balkans, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern and Southeast Europe to be presented…

UNECE ICC joint call for action

UNECE and International Chamber of Commerce urge for global adoption of unified digital trade standards

UNECE and the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Digital Standards Initiative (DSI) today issued a joint call to action to accelerate the adoption of globally interoperable standards essential for achieving digital trade worldwide.

The Call to Action was launched at UNECE-hosted …

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UN adopts a more robust method to detect particle emissions from diesel vehicles

UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) has adopted an amendment to the United Nations Rule No.1 of the 1997 Agreement that allows for the introduction of a more robust test procedure to measure exhaust particle emissions during periodic technical inspection tests…

ESD Forum

Make sustainability integral to education for entrepreneurs, urge youth and governments from Europe, North America and Central Asia 

Young entrepreneurs and changemakers must be equipped with the necessary knowledge, skills, and mindsets to navigate complex challenges and lead change towards a healthier and more sustainable world. At first of its kind international Forum for Europe, Central Asia and North America, held this…

New york traffic

United Nations-JCDecaux Global Road Safety Campaign hits the road in New York City 

UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety Jean Todt will launch the UN Global Road Safety Campaign #MakeASafetyStatement, in partnership with JCDecaux, in New York City on 1 July. 

The campaign aims to promote road safety and create safe, inclusive, and sustainable streets…

braking in traffic

New UN regulations target pedal misapplication and usher in new generation of braking systems for electric vehicles 

The United Nations’ Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (GRVA) has adopted the new regulation for Acceleration Control for Pedal Error (ACPE), and regulatory provisions for the introduction of a new generation of braking systems for electric vehicles. 

The new UN…

Sustainability Pledge Milano Triennale

UNECE launches Community of Practice to scale up traceability and transparency in the garment and footwear industries

Three years ago, the European Union and UN Member States challenged UNECE to demonstrate that traceability and transparency were possible in the clothing and footwear sector. Today, after more than 20 project pilot projects, and 110 pledges from leading brands, manufacturers, non-governmental…

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New UNECE policy brief presents strategies to improve the mental health of older persons 

In many countries in Europe, North America and Central Asia, more than one in four older persons is affected by depression. Later life brings transitions such as retirement, bereavement, chronic illness, and changes to living arrangements and caregiving responsibilities that can increase stress…

UNECE, UNEP and OECD launch Platform for Action on the Green Recovery of Ukraine

UNECE, UNEP and OECD launch Platform for Action on the Green Recovery of Ukraine

More than two years since Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the country has experienced considerable environmental destruction with both immediate and longer-term consequences on human health, ecosystems, the Ukrainian economy and beyond. Attacks on infrastructure and industry have…

Kharkiv recovery event_ Ukraine Recovery Conference

UNECE and partners renew commitment to Kharkiv reconstruction at Ukraine Recovery Conference, calling for greater support    

Kharkiv, the second most populous city in Ukraine situated just 30 km from the Russian border, is among the urban areas most affected by the war and the target of renewed shelling over the last weeks.  

According to its Mayor, Ihor Terekhov, 150,000 of the approximately 1.3 million…

Ukraine mission montage

In Kyiv, UNECE Executive Secretary reaffirms support for reconstruction of Ukraine

Ahead of the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin on 11 – 12 June 2024, UNECE Executive Secretary Tatiana Molcean visited Kyiv from 4 to 6 June to discuss UNECE support for the country’s reconstruction and recovery with Ukrainian government officials, the United Nations Country Team, the…

Qatar UNRSF announcement

Qatar joins the UN global partnership to build a world where roads are safe for everyone

The UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) is pleased to announce that Qatar has joined its global partnership in the fight to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries globally.

Since 2018, the Fund has been working to help halve road deaths and injuries in…

Road Safety Performance Review of Uzbekistan

Road infrastructure in Uzbekistan needs to prioritize the safe movement of people, says new UN Road Safety Performance Review

With 6.7 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, road crashes are firmly placed in the top five causes of death in Uzbekistan.  Associated economic costs are estimated at 2.8% of GDP annually, states the newly released United Nations Road Safety Performance Review of Uzbekistan. 

Worldwide, 1.19…

UNRSF Annual Report 2023 launch

UN Road Safety Fund Announces Road to Morocco and 2023 Annual Report at ITF Summit

The UN Road Safety Fund (UNRSF) is proud to announce the release of its 2023 Annual Report, 'Staying the Course, Building Government Capacities,' alongside the launch of the 'Road to Morocco,' a call to replenish the UNRSF for continued global road safety efforts. This announcement took place…

Customs shipping

Digitalization of trade and maritime transport accelerates thanks to UNECE tools

To share, exchange and understand data, ships and ports need to use harmonized international standards. When ships enter and leave ports, vital information must be exchanged with various entities on land about the ship, cargoes, dangerous goods, crew, passengers and other…

Billboard promoting road safety in South Africa

UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety to launch global road safety campaign in South Africa

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will visit South Africa from 13 to 15 May 2024 to support national and local authorities’ road safety initiatives. In particular, the Special Envoy will launch the UN Global Campaign for Road Safety, in partnership…