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UNECE launches Regional Policy Brief to help Build Urban Economic Resilience

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a multi-dimensional effect on the UNECE region, causing the worst economic contraction in decades. Cities and urban areas, with their high population density and interconnectivity, were particularly vulnerable and encountered major disruptions. The pandemic impacted…

Innovation circular economy

UNECE releases handbook to help countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus foster Innovative, High-Growth Enterprises

After three decades of transition to democracy and market economy, the six countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine – are at a turning point. Central to further progress towards the sustainable development…

Couverture of the report Statistics

First internationally-agreed recommendations for a set of core climate change-related indicators will inform urgent action

UNECE today publishes a Set of Core Climate Change-related Indicators and Statistics, along with a set of Implementation Guidelines, both endorsed by the Conference of European Statisticians (CES).

Climate change is an existential threat and poses an immense challenge for humanity. A…

Water Lake

Countries worldwide must accelerate progress on transboundary water cooperation, shows the latest SDG 6.5.2 report

Results of the second Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) report on transboundary water cooperation, published today by UNECE and UNESCO (co-custodian agencies for SDG indicator 6.5.2) on behalf of UN-Water, suggests that not nearly enough operational arrangements for transboundary water…

Nuclear plant

International climate objectives will not be met if nuclear power is excluded, according to UNECE report

Nuclear power is a low-carbon energy source that has avoided about 74Gt of CO2 emissions over the past 50 years, nearly two years’ worth of total global energy-related emissions.  Only hydropower has played a greater role in avoiding emissions over this period.

Nuclear power currently…

Nuclear plant

Согласно докладу ЕЭК ООН, международные климатические цели не будут достигнуты, если исключить атомную энергетику

Атомная энергия – это низкоуглеродный источник энергии, играющий важную роль в предотвращении выбросов CO2. За последние 50 лет использование атомной энергии позволило сократить глобальные выбросы CO2 примерно на 74 Гт., что составляет двухлетний объем мировой эмиссии. Только гидроэнергетика…

Energy PR

Bold action on energy can deliver climate objectives and sustainable development, according to UNECE

Ahead of the High-Level Dialogue on Energy that the UN Secretary-General is convening in September, UNECE is calling for bold, concrete actions on the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement to move the dials in the near term and to set the stage for longer-term, enduring change.

Action in…

Explosion industrial accident

Industrial accident in Leverkusen is reminder of continuous need to invest in prevention and preparedness for response

On 27 July 2021 around 9:40 am, a major explosion at the 480 hectare Chempark in Leverkusen, Germany, shocked the local population within a radius of 40km who heard and felt the detonation – and even beyond that, as the toxic plume was still visible in Dortmund, nearly 80 km away. The explosion…

UNRSF_ cyclists in Ethiopia

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…

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…

Digital trade

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.…

Transport infrastructure in city

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…

digital inclusion of older persons

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

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…

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…

View of Belgrade, Serbia

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.

Accident truck with bicycle

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…

Paperless trade certificate

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…

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…

Recycling waste

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…