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Safer streets for pedestrians and cyclists will boost Ethiopia’s sustainable recovery, through joint action supported by UN Road Safety Fund

Habtamu Zerihun is a 38-year old father to three daughters, aged 4, 6 and 12 years. Habtamu used to be a construction worker in and around Addis Ababa, until he was hit by a pickup on his walk to work. The pickup driver was under the influence of stimulant drugs and there were no adequate…

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Согласно исследованию ООН, прогресс в оптимизации процедур торговли продолжается несмотря на COVID-19

Как показывает исследование ООН, опубликованный сегодня региональными комиссиями ООН, страны во всем мире стремятся к беспрепятственной и эффективной торговой среде посредством упрощения и цифровизации процедур международной торговли как в рамках национальных границ, так и за их пределами.…

Digital trade

Progress in streamlining trade procedures continues despite COVID-19 crisis, UN survey shows 

Countries across the globe are continuing to move towards a seamless and efficient trading environment, within and beyond national borders, by simplifying and digitalizing formalities in international trading, helping to sustain international trade despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19…

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UNECE and the European Investment Bank strengthen cooperation to support countries’ sustainable development efforts  

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the European Investment Bank, the financial investment arm of the European Union, have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen joint efforts to promote economic cooperation, cohesion and to support countries in…

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Ageing in the digital era – UNECE highlights key actions to ensure digital inclusion of older persons

The 21st Century is characterized by increasing digitalisation. As more and more everyday services move online, ‘offliners’ risk being excluded in an era that embraces fast-changing innovation in digital technology. This predominantly concerns older persons who are less digitally connected than…

Guinea Bissau River

L'adhésion de la Guinée-Bissau à la Convention des Nations unies sur l'eau de 1992 renforce la coopération transfrontalière sur les eaux partagées

Le 16 juin 2021, la Guinée-Bissau est devenue le 4e pays africain (45e partie) à adhérer à la Convention sur la protection et l'utilisation des cours d'eau transfrontières et des lacs internationaux (Convention sur l'eau), dont le secrétariat est assuré par la CEE-ONU. Elle est également partie…

Guinea Bissau River

Guinea-Bissau's accession to the United Nations Water Convention further strengthens cross-border cooperation on shared waters

On 16 June, Guinea-Bissau became the 4th African country (45th party) to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), whose secretariat is provided by UNECE. It is also a party to the Convention on the Law of the Non…

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Serbia to diversify exports and advance towards inclusive post-COVID-19 development with help of UNECE recommendations

Serbia is undergoing extensive reforms to consolidate a competitive market-based economy. The Government considers trade, along with investment, as an essential element to achieving structural transformation and inclusive growth. Reforms accord priority to harmonizing non-tariff measures.

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Two new UN Vehicle Regulations will increase the protection of pedestrians and cyclists

Two new United Nations Vehicle Regulations will reduce the number and severity of collisions between vehicles moving off from a stationary position or in reverse manoeuvre at low speed, and pedestrians and cyclists. They build  on the provisions adopted in 2018 introducing Blind Spot Information…

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UN/CEFACT standards lay foundation for paperless exchange of certificates for USD 1.8 trillion food trade

Annually, food in total value of over USD 1.8 trillion is traded between nations and global exports of food have increased on average by seven per cent per year in the last 20 years. In this trade, trust and quality controls are essential to protect consumers and maintain the industry. The…

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UNECE Task Force will advance internationally comparable measurement of the circular economy

Countries across the pan-European region and North America are intensifying efforts to make their resource use more circular: to close the loop between raw materials, products and wastes so that materials remain in use and consumption of finite resources is reduced. But the lack of an…

Homeless young man

UNECE establishes Toronto Centre of Excellence on Youth Homelessness Prevention at York University

Approximately 150 million people are homeless and  more than 1.8 billion people worldwide lack adequate and  affordable housing. While levels of homelessness vary considerably across UNECE countries, finding sustainable solutions to ensure access to housing for all members of society remains a…

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ЕЭК ООН и Кыргызская Республика запускают Дорожную карту по упрощению процедур торговли на 2021–2025 годы

В условиях пандемии COVID-19 важность эффективных торговых процессов стала очевидной как средство обеспечения быстрого и безопасного перемещения товаров, в том числе доставки жизненно важных лекарств и продуктов питания людям, а также снижения экономических последствий кризиса. В Кыргызской…

View of a city in Kyrgyzstan

UNECE and the Kyrgyz Republic launch the National Trade Facilitation Roadmap 2021 -2025

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of efficient trade processes has become clear as a means to allow for fast and safe movement of products, including bringing the life-saving medicines and food products to people, and to reduce the economic impacts of the crisis. In the Kyrgyz…

Women in public transport

Advancing gender mainstreaming in transport, health and environmental policies in the Pan-European Region

Despite decades of discussions on the challenges and intersections between gender and transport, progress has been slow in implementing a gender perspective in transport policies. This has been problematic, for example, in urban planning which fails to recognise the different travel patterns …

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Discover the stories behind the best photographs of UNECE global photo contest “Humans locked down: Nature unlocked”

The COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world at lightning speed, devastating cities and communities and prompting a lockdown. The lockdown period also provided some respite for nature, resulting in memorable sights of ‘nature unlocked’ in our urban habitats.

To immortalize such sights…


Tackling methane emissions from fossil sectors is vital to slow near-term climate warming: readily available UNECE tools can support action

Human-caused methane emissions are rising, and must be reduced by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030 to limit global temperature rise to 1.5° C, warned the Global Methane Assessment released last month by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This…

Volta River in Ghana

Ghana Launches its National Implementation Plan for the two Global Water Conventions

Ghana’s transboundary river basins, namely the Volta River basin (shared with Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Togo – home to over 23 million people, with a population projected to more than double by 2050), Bia and Tano Rivers (shared with Côte d’Ivoire) and Todzie-Aka basin (shared…

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Electronic TIR framework enters into force across globe in huge boost to trade facilitation

The new legal framework for the full digitalisation of the TIR system (the so-called eTIR) enters into force today, opening eTIR to 77 countries across five continents.

This landmark change will allow for completely paperless cross-border transit of goods, under the customs guarantee of…

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UNECE launches ‘The Sustainability Pledge’ for measurable and verifiable sustainability in the garment and footwear sector

Asserting and verifying sustainability claims in the garment and footwear sector are set to become easier thanks to a toolkit of policy recommendations, implementation guidelines and standard endorsed by UNECE member States that provide traceability and transparency solutions for tracking any…