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UNECE issues guidelines and best practices for small businesses in critical raw material supply to assure post-COVID-19 resilience

Micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of the economy in the UNECE region and have been hard hit by the COVID-19 economic crisis. This stress in turn impacted the supply chains of many industries, especially those involved in supporting essential…

The pandemic shows need for resilient and sustainable cities, say local authorities as UNECE Forum of Mayors paves way for more inclusive multilateralism

The current health crisis made the need for more robust cities more evident than ever before. The pandemic amplified and exposed the vulnerabilities of current urban realities, including overcrowded public transport, inadequate and unsanitary settlements, high levels of…

Governments of Central Asia and the Caucasus call for strengthened cooperation on transport connectivity and use of UN instruments to accelerate COVID-19 recovery

Enhancing connectivity and ensuring sustainable and efficient functioning of international transport corridors is of paramount importance for the economic recovery of landlocked countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, especially during the COVID-19 crisis which caused…

Broad cross-sectoral cooperation urgently needed to address the degradation of North Africa’s largest aquifer shared by Algeria, Libya and Tunisia

Shared by Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, the North Western Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS) is North Africa’s largest groundwater reserve, supporting the lives and livelihoods of 4.8 million inhabitants. A vital water resource extending over 1 million square kilometres in a…

Seule une vaste coopération intersectorielle permettra de lutter contre la dégradation du plus grand aquifère d’Afrique du Nord, partagé par l'Algérie, la Libye et la Tunisie

Partagé entre l'Algérie, la Libye et la Tunisie, le Système Aquifère du Sahara Septentrional (SSAS) est la plus grande réserve d'eau souterraine d'Afrique du Nord. Il assure la vie et les moyens de subsistance de 4,8 millions d'habitants. Ressource vitale en eau s'…

Eight UN organizations stress critical role of international transport and integrated supply chains for COVID-19 recovery and the SDGs

The social and economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our efforts to improve livelihoods and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The early responses to restraining the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively…

Albania joins the Aarhus Convention’s amendment on genetically modified organisms

On 3 September 2020, Albania accepted the amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO amendment) to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), raising the…

Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee makes clear that the COVID-19 pandemic cannot justify any restriction of the public’s rights to information, participation and justice in environmental matters

On 2 September 2020, the Compliance Committee to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) adopted a statement on the application of the Aarhus Convention both during…

UNECE study explores new frontiers for censuses: changes ahead but will remain core of informed decision-making

The UNECE Steering Group on Population and Housing Censuses, a group of 20 census experts representing 17 countries and international organizations, has released a study, New Frontiers for Censuses Beyond 2020, exploring the new challenges and opportunities for censuses in…

UNECE guidance for the energy efficiency and renewables sector will support small businesses to drive the green recovery

Micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are among the worst hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. They represent over 90 percent of all companies in most countries in the UNECE region and are responsible for over half of GDP. Therefore, the economic recovery…

We must not wait for the next ammonium nitrate blast - solutions exist to improve safety

On Tuesday 4 August, a huge warehouse explosion in the port area of Beirut left over 135 people dead, 5,000 injured, 100 missing and 300,000 homeless, according to media reports. The explosions appear to have been caused by tons of ammonium nitrate.

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UNECE/FAO studies contribute to sustainable management of precious forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) rarely make international headlines and are often overlooked in global debates on forest preservation and sustainable management. Nevertheless, these…

Forest area in UNECE region continues to increase, says FAO report, but greater efforts needed to protect these fragile ecosystems

The world has lost around 420 million hectares of forest to other land uses since 1990, with an annual rate of deforestation estimated at 10 million hectares over the last five years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in its 2020…

UNECE/FAO studies contribute to sustainable management of precious forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) rarely make international headlines and are often overlooked in global debates on forest preservation and sustainable management.…

Исследования ЕЭК ООН/ФАО вносят вклад в устойчивое управление ценными лесами Кавказа и Центральной Азии

Леса Кавказа и Центральной Азии (Армения, Азербайджан, Грузия, Казахстан, Кыргызстан, Таджикистан, Туркменистан и Узбекистан) редко попадают на передовицы международных изданий, их часто забывают во время всемирного обсуждения сохранения и устойчивого развития лесов. При…

UN Road Safety Fund to adjust its 2020 Call for Proposals to a world transformed by Covid-19

The UN Road Safety Fund’s 2020 call for Proposals will be partially connected with the changing priorities of governments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic with respect to building better and safer mobility. This was decided by the Fund’s Advisory Board at its fourth…

Expanding E-government in Europe and Central Asia

E-government has a key role to play in achieving the SDGs. Governments in the UNECE region are using tools like ICTs, big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve public services, empower citizens and ultimately provide a better quality of life. The…

Enhancing transboundary water cooperation is crucial for accelerating progress ‎towards SDG6: UNECE commits to help closing the current governance gap ‎

“Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation for all is badly off track. This is hindering progress on the 2030 Agenda, the realization of human rights and the achievement of peace and security around the world.  Water and sanitation cut across all three…

UNECE publishes guide to measuring the economic value of ‎education and training

Education brings many benefits, among them economic ones: the knowledge and capacities obtained by students and trainees allow them to contribute productively, with the advanced skills needed to fuel our modern economies that rely on specialized services and technologies.…

UNECE to share action to accelerate SDGs delivery at High-level Political Forum

Taking place from 7-16 July 2020, the High-level Political Forum is the central annual platform of the United Nations for reviewing successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme this year will be "Accelerated…