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Les Nations Unies et JCDecaux lancent une campagne mondiale sur la sécurité routière afin de lutter contre la première cause de mortalité des jeunes de 5 à 29 ans

L'Envoyé Spécial du Secrétaire Général des Nations Unies pour la Sécurité Routière, M. Jean Todt, et Jean-Charles Decaux, Co-Directeur Général de JCDecaux, ont lancé aujourd'hui une nouvelle campagne mondiale des Nations Unies pour la Sécurité Routière afin de lutter contre les accidents de la…

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Las Naciones Unidas y JCDecaux lanzan una campaña mundial de comunicación sobre la seguridad vial para hacer frente a la primera causa de mortalidad entre los jóvenes de 5 a 29 años

El enviado especial del secretario general de las Naciones Unidas para la seguridad vial, Jean Todt, y Jean-Charles Decaux, co-director general de JCDecaux, han lanzado hoy una nueva campaña mundial de seguridad vial de las Naciones Unidas para hacer frente a los accidentes de tráfico, que son…

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UNECE and partners to develop AI-powered platform to help build resilient energy systems

Geneva, 18 September, 2023 

To meet the objectives of the Paris agreement, energy systems will need to undergo a profound transformation and become fully resilient, finding the right balance between the three pillars of resiliency (as defined in UNECE’s publication “Building Resilient…

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ECOSOC endorses UNRMS, paving the way for the implementation of sustainable resource management principles worldwide

A milestone for advancing sustainable resource management worldwide has been reached with the endorsement of the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UNRMS is a set of principles and requirements that guide the planning,…

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UNECE Air Convention report shows biological recovery from acidification in freshwater environments in Europe

The decrease of air pollution achieved since the 1990s thanks to measures adopted under the Air Convention is leading to ongoing biological recovery from acidification in freshwater environments in Europe. This is the main finding of a new report published in the framework of the International…

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UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits Latin America (21 August-1 September) to call for accrued mobilization for safer mobility

The Special Envoy Jean Todt will visit Honduras (August 21-22), El Salvador (August 23-24), Brazil (August 26-29), and Paraguay (August 30-31) to meet with ministers and representatives of the public and private sector and NGOs, to advocate for the effective implementation of the Global Plan for…

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El enviado especial del secretario general de las Naciones Unidas para la seguridad vial visitará América Latina (21 de agosto-1 de septiembre) para abogar por una movilidad más segura

El enviado especial Jean Todt visitará Honduras (21-22 de agosto), El Salvador (23-24 de agosto), Brasil (26-29 de agosto) y Paraguay (30-31 de agosto) para reunirse con ministros y representantes de los sectores público y privado, así como con ONGs, a fin de abogar por la aplicación efectiva…

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UN Secretary-General appoints Ms. Tatiana Molcean of Moldova as next Executive Secretary of UNECE 

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 26 July 2023 the appointment of Tatiana Molcean of Moldova as the next Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE).  She will succeed Olga Algayerova of Slovakia, to whom the Secretary-General is…

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Forests and climate change: An Oscar-winning alliance - Michelle Yeoh on the UN Forest Podcast

The world is falling behind on lowering global carbon emissions.  We only have a narrow chance of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Sixth Assessment Report) or as the United Nations Secretary-General says, “our world needs…

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New United Nations survey highlights progress in global trade facilitation despite multiple crises

Persisting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, geopolitical turbulence and high inflation continue to challenge international trade. Despite these global disruptions, countries are continuing to move towards a seamless and efficient trading environment by simplifying and digitalizing formalities…

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The Gambia joins UN Water Convention to boost cross-border cooperation on its shared waters 

The Gambia has taken a decisive step for cooperative water action by officially becoming the 52nd Party to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (known as the UN Water Convention) and 9th Party in Africa. The Gambia’s accession comes…

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Ministers from Pan-European countries commit to urgent action to safeguard our environment and health, harnessing UNECE tools

Each year, across the pan-European region, an estimated 1.4 million deaths are linked to environmental risk factors, including pollution and climate change. To accelerate collective commitments for healthier people and a sustainable future, Ministers and representatives of pan-European countries…

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Forest work must be made safer and healthier, says new FAO-ILO-UNECE report

A systemic change is needed to provide a safe and healthy working environment for the estimated 33 million people working in the forest sector worldwide, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Labour Organization (ILO)…

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Panama is the first Latin American country to join UN Water Convention

By becoming the first country from Latin America to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), Panama today made a decisive step to support the sustainable use of transboundary water resources through cooperation…

Accession of Panama to the Water Convention

Panamá: primer país latinoamericano en adherirse a la Convención del Agua de la ONU

Al convertirse en el primer país de América Latina que se adhiere a la Convención sobre la Protección y Utilización de los Cursos de Agua Transfronterizos y de los Lagos Internacionales (Convención del Agua), Panamá ha dado hoy un paso decisivo para apoyar el uso sostenible de los recursos…

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After 25 years of the Aarhus Convention, States’ compliance with environmental rights obligations matters more than ever

Public involvement in decision-making underpins the universal right to a clean, healthy and sustainable environment. 25 years since the adoption of a ground-breaking global treaty known as the Aarhus Convention – unparalleled in its success in putting environmental democracy into action – this…

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UNECE to develop battery durability requirements for electric heavy-duty vehicles

The need to decarbonize the transport sector is driving the rapid expansion of electric cars, which totaled 10 million sales worldwide in 2022 (for a market share of 14% of total sales) up from just around 1 million in 2017.   

Electrification is also extending to heavy-duty vehicles,…

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UNECE adopts groundbreaking regulation introducing methodology to measure particle emissions from cars and vans’ braking systems

Following strong reduction from exhaust particle emissions (PM 2.5 and 10) over the past 20 years, due to international and national vehicle regulations, non-exhaust sources now make up approximately 80% of particle emissions from vehicle use, compared to some 40% in 2000. Non-exhaust emissions…

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UNECE adopts global regulation to measure tailpipe emissions in real driving conditions

The accurate measurement of vehicles’ tailpipe emissions, a key element in governments’ policy decisions and consumers’ choices to reduce the impact on air quality and the environment, will be significantly enhanced thanks to the adoption today of the United Nations Regulation on global Real…

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Renewables could power almost 80% of Ukraine's economy by 2050, says UN report

The war in Ukraine, which has caused immense suffering and resulted in the destruction of critical infrastructure, demands urgent action to rebuild the country and its energy system.   

Today, Ukraine heavily depends on fossil fuels, which accounted for some 70% of its primary energy…