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Three landmark UN vehicle regulations enter into force

Three landmark UN vehicle regulations adopted last June by the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations entered into force on 22 January 2021, as notified by the United Nations Secretary General. 

The three Regulations are applicable in the 54 countries that are Parties to…

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UN system in Europe and Central Asia calls on countries to better include environmental and climate change perspectives in their recovery plans

UN Resident Coordinators based in the countries of Europe and Central Asia have noted that most countries are prioritizing economic recovery during the COVID-19 period and that environmental perspectives are often ignored. The regional interagency Issue-based Coalition on Environment and Climate…

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Urban trees and forests in the spotlight as the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration commences

In light of unprecedented heatwaves and series of lockdowns that hit cities across Europe and North America over the last year, ensuring there are green urban spaces that could help bring down the temperature and provide safe spaces for recreation and relaxation has never been higher on policy-…

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UN Regional Commissions launch 2021 Survey to review progress in digital and sustainable trade facilitation

Trade facilitation reforms are a continuous process. Thus, a periodic review of the progress made in this endeavour is beneficial for the stakeholders in trade facilitation. Whether it is a general measure like submitting a customs declaration or an advanced measure like cross-border exchange of…

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UNECE countries innovate and adapt censuses to challenges of the pandemic, but many censuses delayed, finds new study

A UNECE study launched today, ‘Keeping Count: conducting the 2020 round of population and housing censuses during the Covid-19 pandemic’ explores the impacts of the pandemic on all aspects of censuses, from data collection to public communication.  

Drawing on insights from 52 member…

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European Ministers of Transport, Health and Environment to discuss the future of healthy and sustainable mobility

The Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), jointly serviced by the UNECE and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, will hold its Fifth High-Level Meeting from 17 to 18 May 2021. The Fifth High-Level Meeting was due to be held in November 2020 in Vienna; however, due to…

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By-products and residues form an increasing part of wood energy consumed in the UNECE region, says UNECE/FAO

Wood energy has been the leading source of renewable energy in the UNECE region for more than a decade, accounting for 35.4% of renewable energy supply for 31 countries, according to the latest results from the UNECE/FAO Joint Wood Energy Enquiry (JWEE). For Austria, Cyprus, Finland, France,…

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UN/CEFACT outlines standard operating procedures to keep trade flowing smoothly during pandemics

Major disruptions in trade flows from the COVID-19 pandemic have come at huge economic and social cost. Building on lessons learned from the crisis, international experts from the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) have set out guidelines to help…

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UNECE to develop global methodology to measure particle emissions from vehicles’ braking systems

Over the past 20 years, international and national vehicle regulations have introduced increasingly stringent ceilings on particulate emissions (PM 2.5 and 10) from vehicles’ exhaust.  

As a result, according to the emission inventories submitted by countries to UNECE’s  Convention on…

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Unmasking disparities: new UNECE Guide enables countries to meet pressing need for disaggregated data to measure poverty

New statistical guidance launched today by UNECE will strengthen countries’ ability to measure poverty through improved data disaggregation – a critical step to meeting the first of the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG 1, “end poverty in all its forms everywhere”.  

Poverty is complex…

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Political commitment needed to end the carnage on Ethiopia’s roads, says UN review

According to national statistics, road traffic deaths in Ethiopia more than doubled between 2007 and 2018, rising from 2,161 to 4,597. Ethiopia loses 13 people per day, or one person every two hours, to road traffic crashes. Given the magnitude of the road safety challenge,…

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UNECE launches methodology to evaluate the sustainability of infrastructure projects and guidelines on Waste-to-Energy projects for the circular economy

As countries all over the world aim at ‘building back better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic , the recently-launched UNECE People-first PPP Evaluation Methodology for the Sustainable Development Goals can support  their efforts by providing a set of benchmarks and indicators to score infrastructure…

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UN mobilises action to tackle $200bn per year waste and pollution caused by global nitrogen losses

Nitrogen (N) is essential for life. It is an element of chlorophyll in plants and of protein (amino acids) in animals and humans. As such, it is a major nutrient to allow food, fibre and biofuel production.

However, human activities over the last century (use of synthetic inorganic N…

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Albania identifies key sustainability challenges and opportunities using UNECE’s Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus approach

Economic and social development in Albania crucially depends on the availability and good quality of water, land, forest and environmental resources, which are, however, under increasing pressure, including from climate change. An online consultation on the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus in…

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Enabling experimentation and strengthening innovation governance in Belarus is essential for sustainable development, according to new UNECE study

Like other countries of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC), Belarus has undergone a transition from a centrally planned to a market economy over the past three decades. This transition has stagnated, as current growth drivers wane. Systematic institutional constraints…

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Armenia addresses COVID-19 impact on businesses through streamlined trade procedures and upgraded quality infrastructure: UNECE study proposes measures for supporting further efforts

Armenia has used non-tariff measures (NTMs) to contain the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses and other supply chain actors. However, the Government’s ability to unleash the full efficiency potential of support measures and NTMs was undermined by capacity shortfalls in the areas of…

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UNECE suggests policy initiatives to foster Women Entrepreneurship in Natural Resource Management

Micro-, small-, and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), and women-led MSMEs in particular, have been especially vulnerable to the impacts of the COVID-19 crisis. However, the crisis has also caused a dramatic shift in the business-as-usual approach and paved the way for innovations, green growth,…

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Sustaining reform momentum will help Georgia harness innovation to move up the value chain and reach its sustainable development objectives, new UNECE findings show

Georgia went through a difficult first decade of transition after independence in 1991, facing one of the deepest economic slumps in recent history. 2003, however, marked a turning point, triggering reforms that turned Georgia into one of the most open, well-governed transition economies in the…


The EIB and UNECE establish an Information Repository of good practices and lessons learned in land-use planning and industrial safety

The new repository will help address disaster risks in line with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development It consolidates good practices and lessons learned over the past decade in Europe and beyond in the fields of land-use planning and industrial safety

Disasters caused by natural hazards…

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Facilitating mobility and linkages between innovation stakeholders is important for sustainable, long-term growth in the Republic of Moldova, according to new UNECE study

The Republic of Moldova, like the other five countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine - has grown rapidly following a rocky and difficult transition from a centrally planned to a market economy over the past…