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Pedestrian crossing road

UNECE adopts two new regulations to improve the safety of vulnerable road users

The limited ability of drivers to detect and see correctly pedestrians in close proximity of their vehicle is a key cause of accidents, both for cars and light vehicles, and for heavy duty vehicles. Two new UN regulations adopted recently by UNECE’s World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle…

Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Conventoin, Michel Forst

UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders presents his vision for mandate to ensure protection under the Aarhus Convention

“Environmental defenders continue to be exposed to significant risks of penalisation, persecution, harassment and even killings. And these risks do not spare the geographical area of the Aarhus Convention, where environmental defenders are facing reprisals, a shrinking civic space, restrictive…

UNECE recommendation to improve trade data exchange in response to growing digitalization

Revised UNECE recommendation to improve trade data exchange in response to growing digitalization

In business environment, effective data exchange is instrumental to reducing the cost and time of trade transactions, especially in the context of growing digitalization of global trade. If semantically aligned and harmonized with international standards, efficient data exchange can enable trade…

signing of the Ukraine-Romania bilateral agreement on the implementation of the Espoo Convention

Ukraine and Romania sign Agreement on the Implementation of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention)

Environmental impact assessment (EIA) in a transboundary context, along with strategic environmental assessment (SEA), have an important role to play in climate proofing and in helping countries to achieve a sustainable and green post-COVID-19 economic recovery. EIA and SEA are also expected to…

New UNECE standards will boost international trade for dried persimmon, peanuts and certain small fruits

New UNECE standards will boost international trade for dried persimmon, peanuts and certain small fruits

International trade is a key enabler for sustainable food systems, allowing for production to take place where it is most efficient, thus increasing productivity and reducing prices. Last week, UNECE adopted four new quality standards to boost trade in certain small fruits, dried persimmons, raw…

New UNECE network to help countries accelerate transformative innovation

New UNECE network to help countries accelerate transformative innovation

The focus on innovation as an instrument to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is rapidly gaining momentum across the UNECE region. At the same time, many of the processes surrounding transformative innovation are still unexplored.

To take stock of its true…

Helmets and safe mobility

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits South-East Asia to advocate for helmets and safe mobility for all

The goal of the mission of the Special Envoy, Mr. Jean Todt, is to advocate for more investment in safe and sustainable mobility in one of the regions most affected in the world by road crashes: South-East Asia. The Special Envoy will meet with Ministers as well as private sector, public sector…

UN Road Safety Fund launches global campaign on the #1 cause of death for children

UN Road Safety Fund launches global campaign on the #1 cause of death for children

We are facing a global road safety crisis – and it is hitting children above the age of five years old the hardest.

On World Children’s Day, Sunday 20 November, the UN Road Safety Fund launched the second edition of its #moments2live4 global campaign to inform citizens worldwide about…

tracking of goods across complex supply chains

UN/CEFACT develops a new international standard to improve tracking of goods across complex supply chains

In today’s globalized economy, goods move through complex supply chains and cross borders – often numerous times, which involves multifaceted interactions among a variety of suppliers and trade actors. The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have brought to light the challenges of supply…

Copper Mine

Raw materials community calls for widespread implementation of UN Framework Classification for Resources

At EU Raw Materials Week, European decision-makers have joined calls for governments to further implement the UN frameworks on sustainable resource management. Given the climate emergency and the urgent need for profound low-carbon transitions, there is a rapidly growing demand for critical raw…

MoP6 Protocol on Water and Health

Pan-European countries come together to tackle rising climate risks to water and sanitation at heart of COVID-19 recovery

How can the universal rights to water and sanitation be achieved in a region, which according to the latest World Meteorological Organization report, is heating up faster than anywhere else in the world? How can increasing the resilience of water and sanitation infrastructures be reflected in…

UN forum Kazakhstan

UN forum looks to support Central Asian economies buffeted by continued pandemic and geopolitical crisis

Representatives of Central Asian countries are in Kazakhstan this week to discuss how to work closely together to grow their economies, which have been buffeted by the continued COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical crisis, in a sustained, greener manner while also taking advantage of advances in…

Steel works

COP27: UN report shows pathways to carbon-neutrality in “energy intensive” steel, chemicals and cement industries

The United Nations has warned the world will fall short on the 1.5-degree C average increase in temperatures target without rapid and large-scale action to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from the energy intensive industries, which account for about 25% of total CO2 emissions globally and 66% of…

Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

UN to support the new Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate Initiative

The 18 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, which are home to some 450 million inhabitants, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Under a “business as usual” scenario, they risk facing a 5°C increase in the mean annual temperature by the end of the century, which…


Ensuring a sustainable supply of critical raw materials is essential for achieving low-carbon energy transition

The world is in the midst of a deep energy crisis and in need of urgent energy transition. However, this transition cannot happen without massive quantities of critical raw materials (CRMs) needed to deploy the low-carbon technologies required for climate change mitigation and…

Open pit mining

COP27: UNECE presents UN-approved system for natural resources management to support low-carbon transition

Heatwaves and droughts are drying rivers and freshwater sources, spreading desertification and accelerating soil erosion. Food production is under severe threat everywhere, raising the spectre of famine and mass starvation. As nature gasps for survival, people scramble to get hold of diminishing…

Lake in Lithuania

UNECE @ COP27: Strengthened cooperation between countries key to successful climate change actions and ensuring water security

Speaking at two events on water security at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh today, UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova stressed the importance of cooperation between countries for successful climate change policies and actions, especially when it comes to addressing water security. Impacts of…

Wood Burning Stove

Wood energy on the rise in Europe

For many people in economically well-developed countries of the UNECE region a wood stove or fireplace used to be a cosy way to heat a room in the cold season. This winter, however, the role of wood energy may dramatically change for many people out of sheer necessity.

A large part of…

The Chari/Shari river, the natural border between Chad and Cameroon

Cameroon becomes 6th African country to join the UN Water Convention in boost for cooperation on shared waters

Cameroon became the 47th Party to the United Nations Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) following the approval of accession at the highest level by the Cameroon President on 7 July 2022 and the deposit on 1 November 2022…

The Chari/Shari river, the natural border between Chad and Cameroon

Le Cameroun devient le 6ème pays africain à adhérer à la Convention des Nations Unies sur l'eau et donne ainsi un coup de pouce à la coopération sur les eaux partagées

Le Cameroun est devenu la 47ème partie à la Convention des Nations Unies sur la protection et l'utilisation des cours d'eau transfrontaliers et des lacs internationaux (Convention sur l'eau) après l’approbation de l’adhésion au plus haut niveau par le Chef de l’Etat du Cameroun le 7 juillet 2022…