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Rapid response mechanism to protect environmental defenders established under the Aarhus Convention

A decision establishing a rapid response mechanism for the protection of environmental defenders was adopted by the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) at its…

Meeting Aarhus 22 Oct 2021

Governments and stakeholders strengthen commitment to environmental democracy for sustainable, inclusive and resilient development

This week nearly 450 participants from close to 50 countries attended the seventh and fourth sessions of the Meetings of the Parties to the Aarhus Convention (Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters) and to its…

Signing of Transport MOU

UNECE and FIA join forces to digitalize procedures for the temporary import of private and commercial vehicles

The digitalization of the “carnet de passages en douane” – or “CPD” system –, which facilitates the temporary importation of private and commercial vehicles, is expected to greatly improve its efficiency, speed and transparency. Through enhanced data management, the…

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Optimizing financing for transboundary water cooperation and basin development worldwide: a way to accelerate progress on SDG 6

Global estimates for financing needs for water-related investments to achieve Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water range from $6 .7 trillion by 2030 to $22.6 trillion by 2050, according to the OECD. Investments are needed not only to build new infrastructure but also to maintain and operate…

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New data sources can make censuses more efficient – UNECE issues guidelines to help maintain high quality

New Guidelines issued today by UNECE will support countries in maintaining high quality as they move towards using modern data sources in their censuses.

Knowing the number of people in a population, their distribution across the country, and their basic characteristics such as age, sex…

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Entrée en vigueur d’un règlement des Nations unies rendant obligatoire l’utilisation de "boîtes noires" dans les véhicules pour renforcer la sécurité routière

Comprendre les conditions des accidents de la route permet d'évaluer les performances des équipements de sécurité des véhicules, ce qui peut aider à améliorer ces systèmes pour renforcer la sécurité routière. Un nouveau règlement des Nations unies, entré en vigueur le 30 septembre 2021, va…

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UN Vehicle Regulation will increase road safety thanks to "Black-box" collecting information on crashes

Understanding the conditions of road crashes supports the assessment of how vehicles’ safety equipment performs, which can help to improve these systems to reinforce safety on the road. A new UN Regulation which entered into force on 30 September 2021 will introduce a major breakthrough in …

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The United Nations Road Safety Fund launches 10 new projects in 14 low-and middle-income countries

Ensuring that children in Paraguay have safer ways to get to and from schools; strengthening the medical post-crash response in Bangladesh; developing streets for safer and low-carbon mobility of pedestrians and cyclists in East Africa; and strengthening road safety data management and policy…

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New guidance enables countries to gather evidence of gendered impacts of the pandemic

The Bureau of the Conference of European Statisticians (CES), UNECE’s statistical decision-making body, has released new guidance for measuring the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on women and men.

From the moment that countries began imposing restrictions in a bid to flatten the curve…

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Eastern and South-Eastern European countries commit to restore more than 4 million hectares of land by 2030

Today, more than 2 billion ha of lands globally are deforested and degraded causing competition for scarce land and natural resources, hunger and threats to livelihoods. Major causes, particularly, in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe are linked to pests, diseases, droughts, forest fires, wind…

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UNECE releases country-level snapshot of key transport data

UNECE’s new Transport Statistics Infocard offers a new, user-friendly country-by-country perspective on important transport topics that are needed to inform policy decisions: road safety, numbers of cars and length of railways, alternative fuel use and public transport.

Across the UNECE…

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UNECE endorses Guidelines for the Development of Voluntary Local Reviews 

Cities’ growing role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda has led to increased global attention on localizing SDGs. The preparation of Voluntary Local Reviews (VLRs) enables the review of SDG implementation at a local level. VLRs complement Voluntary National Reviews developed at the country…

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UNECE member States endorse Place and Life in the UNECE – A Regional Action Plan 2030 

Humanity is facing not one but three intertwined crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and a lack of adequate and affordable housing. Each of these three emergencies has the potential to compound the multidimensional impacts of the others in health, social cohesion, environmental …

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UNECE, UN-Habitat and Housing Europe launch the report “#Housing2030: Effective policies for affordable housing in the UNECE region” 

Approximately 50 million people in the UNECE region live in inadequate housing conditions. In the 21st century, the governance, land and finance systems that influence the delivery and consumption of housing have been beset by numerous crises. Emanating from climate change, unguided investment…

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Water cooperation in transboundary basins is a major means of achieving peace

Can the oft-shared, yet increasingly scarce and most precious, resource that is water be a source of cooperation, rather than of conflict, among countries? If so, then how? As climate change brings prolonged droughts and more intense floods, how will Governments cope together? More than 20…

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Le Togo adhère à la Convention des Nations Unies sur l'Eau, faisant avancer la coopération dans le domaine de l'eau pour la paix, la sécurité et le développement durable

Le Togo est le cinquième Etat hors de la région paneuropéenne 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. Ceci arrive maintenant que de plus en plus…

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Togo joins UN Water Convention, pushing forward water cooperation for peace, security and sustainable development

Togo is the fifth country outside the pan-European region to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), for which UNECE ensures the Secretariat. This comes as more and more countries – especially in Africa –are…

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United Nations issues guidance on negotiating trade agreements for increasing trade resilience in times of crisis and pandemic

The United Nations has released a first version of a Handbook on Provisions and Options for Trade in Times of Crisis and Pandemic. Work on the Handbook was initiated by ESCAP, UNCTAD and other UN Regional Commissions after realizing that the hundreds of regional trade agreements in place…

Meeting of BASM Water

The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal commit to cooperate on shared groundwater as foundation for regional stability, sustainable development and climate adaptation

Ministers from The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal have agreed to establish a legal and institutional framework for cooperation on the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB), a shared aquifer basin (groundwater reserve) on which 80% of their populations depend. In a context of …

Meeting of BASM Water

La Gambie, la Guinée Bissau, la Mauritanie et le Sénégal s'engagent à coopérer sur les eaux souterraines partagées comme fondement de la stabilité régionale, du développement durable et de l'adaptation au climat

Les ministres de la Gambie, de la Guinée Bissau, de la Mauritanie et du Sénégal ont convenu d'établir un cadre juridique et institutionnel pour la coopération sur le bassin aquifère sénégalo-mauritanien (BASM), un bassin aquifère (réserve d'eau souterraine) partagé dont dépendent 80 % de leurs…