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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…

DR Water Convention

Dominican Republic is the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to consider joining the United Nations Water Convention

The Dominican Republic has taken important steps to ensure the sustainability of its natural resources through better conservation, management and sustainable use of its transboundary waters. The Dominican Government undertook a process to accede to the United Nations Water Convention.

DR Water Convention

República Dominicana es el primer país de América Latina y el Caribe con intención de adherirse al Convenio del Agua de Naciones Unidas

República Dominicana ha dado pasos importantes para asegurar la sostenibilidad de sus recursos naturales a través de una mejor conservación, gestión y uso sostenible de sus aguas transfronterizas. El Gobierno dominicano emprendió un proceso para adherirse al Convenio del Agua de Naciones Unidas…

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…

Park with Cityscape behind it

The 80th Committee on Forests and the Forestry Industry opens with opportunities for bringing nature back into our cities.

As cities grow, urban planners and city administrators face daily challenges in maintaining healthy, sustainable, liveable, and resilient urban environments capable of contributing to a good quality of life for city dwellers.  

The 80th Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the…

Baku high level conference on information exchange in supply chains

United Nations standards support the digital transformation of information exchange in supply chains in Central Asia

The countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan, which participate in the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), have a growing shared interest in  promoting trade and transport facilitation and strengthening digital connectivity along trade corridors between Europe and…

Opencast mine in Shanxi Province, China

UN Framework Classification for Resources makes significant step towards practical application in China

The Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China has a long-standing cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to promote the harmonization, development and connectivity of global solid mineral and petroleum classification standards. 


Opencast mine in Shanxi Province, China





UNFC Guidance Europe

United Nations Framework Classification for Resources Guidance for Europe gains expert approval

Guidance for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) for Mineral and Anthropogenic Resources in Europe (UNFC Guidance Europe) was approved by international experts meeting in Geneva and online for the 13th session of the Expert Group on Resource Management. The…


Study confirms ecosystems more sensitive to nitrogen pollution than previously assumed

Ecosystems such as forests, heaths and surface waters are more sensitive to atmospheric nitrogen pollution than previously thought, according to a new report published by the Coordination Centre for Effects under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention). …

Children sitting

Leaving no child behind: UNECE Guidance helps countries close data gaps on vulnerable children

New Guidance from UNECE, Statistics on Children: Spotlight on children exposed to violence, in alternative care, and with disabilities, published today, will support countries in producing statistics on children in the most vulnerable situations.  

There is an evident global consensus…

Forests photo contest

From Woodland to Woodwork: a photo contest to mark 75 years of UNECE support to sustainable forest management

On the occasion of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s 75th anniversary, the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section is launching a photo contest in partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on the theme of “From woodland to woodwork: a photo contest to mark 75 years…

Pre-COP27 regional Forum

Pre-COP27 UNECE Regional Forum warns action urgently needed on sustainable financing and use of Critical Raw Materials

Without scaled-up efforts to finance and sustainably manage the Critical Raw Materials needed for a rapid renewables and clean energy shift, countries of the pan-European region and North America will face huge challenges to deliver on the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, the…


Executive Secretary participates in Russian Energy Week to advocate for decarbonization in the UNECE region ahead of COP27

UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova took part in a panel discussion at the Russian Energy Week today aimed at fostering international cooperation on hydrogen (H2). 

Hydrogen offers the prospect to decarbonize the energy sector and large sectors of the economy. The shift to a…

Executive Secretary with Ihor Korhovyi, Ukraine's Deputy Minister of communities and territories development and Serhii Komnatnyi, Chair of state housing agency

Executive Secretary visits Kyiv to discuss UNECE support to Ukraine reconstruction

UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova was in Kyiv on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 October to meet with Government officials to discuss UNECE support to the reconstruction of Ukraine. Since the start of the war, upon official requests for assistance from the government, UNECE has been providing…

EfE closing

9th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference closes with strong commitment to policy action for sustainable infrastructure and tourism

The 9th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference closed today in Nicosia, Cyprus, with the adoption of a ministerial declaration affirming countries’ commitment to transition to a green economy with sustainable infrastructure at its core.  

The declaration also calls on countries to…