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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…

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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…

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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…

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UNECE and the Kyrgyz Republic launch the National Trade Facilitation Roadmap 2021 -2025

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the importance of efficient trade processes has become clear as a means to allow for fast and safe movement of products, including bringing the life-saving medicines and food products to people, and to reduce the economic impacts of the crisis. In the Kyrgyz…

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ЕЭК ООН и Кыргызская Республика запускают Дорожную карту по упрощению процедур торговли на 2021–2025 годы

В условиях пандемии COVID-19 важность эффективных торговых процессов стала очевидной как средство обеспечения быстрого и безопасного перемещения товаров, в том числе доставки жизненно важных лекарств и продуктов питания людям, а также снижения экономических последствий кризиса. В Кыргызской…

Women in public transport

Advancing gender mainstreaming in transport, health and environmental policies in the Pan-European Region

Despite decades of discussions on the challenges and intersections between gender and transport, progress has been slow in implementing a gender perspective in transport policies. This has been problematic, for example, in urban planning which fails to recognise the different travel patterns …

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Discover the stories behind the best photographs of UNECE global photo contest “Humans locked down: Nature unlocked”

The COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world at lightning speed, devastating cities and communities and prompting a lockdown. The lockdown period also provided some respite for nature, resulting in memorable sights of ‘nature unlocked’ in our urban habitats.

To immortalize such sights…

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Tackling methane emissions from fossil sectors is vital to slow near-term climate warming: readily available UNECE tools can support action

Human-caused methane emissions are rising, and must be reduced by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030 to limit global temperature rise to 1.5° C, warned the Global Methane Assessment released last month by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This…

Volta River in Ghana

Ghana Launches its National Implementation Plan for the two Global Water Conventions

Ghana’s transboundary river basins, namely the Volta River basin (shared with Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Togo – home to over 23 million people, with a population projected to more than double by 2050), Bia and Tano Rivers (shared with Côte d’Ivoire) and Todzie-Aka basin (shared…

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Electronic TIR framework enters into force across globe in huge boost to trade facilitation

The new legal framework for the full digitalisation of the TIR system (the so-called eTIR) enters into force today, opening eTIR to 77 countries across five continents.

This landmark change will allow for completely paperless cross-border transit of goods, under the customs guarantee of…

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UNECE launches ‘The Sustainability Pledge’ for measurable and verifiable sustainability in the garment and footwear sector

Asserting and verifying sustainability claims in the garment and footwear sector are set to become easier thanks to a toolkit of policy recommendations, implementation guidelines and standard endorsed by UNECE member States that provide traceability and transparency solutions for tracking any…

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European countries adopt Vienna Declaration on clean, safe and healthy transport

Today, European countries adopted the Vienna Declaration to spur the transformation towards clean, safe, healthy and inclusive transport and mobility, with a strong focus on promoting cycling across the pan-European region.  

The Vienna Declaration was signed at the end of the Fifth High…

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Les pays européens adoptent la Déclaration de Vienne sur les transports propres, sûrs et sains

Aujourd’hui, les pays européens ont entériné la Déclaration de Vienne afin de stimuler l’adoption d’une mobilité et de transports propres, sûrs, sains et inclusifs, en mettant particulièrement l’accent sur la promotion du vélo dans la région paneuropéenne.  

La déclaration de Vienne a…

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Страны Европы приняли Венскую декларацию об экологически чистом, безопасном и здоровом транспорте

Сегодня страны Европы приняли Венскую декларацию, направленную на стимулирование перехода к экологически чистым, безопасным, здоровым и инклюзивным транспорту и мобильности, причем особое внимание в этом документе уделяется популяризации велотранспорта в общеевропейском регионе.

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Countries adopt first pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion

As one of the most sustainable, inclusive, safe, and healthy forms of mobility, cycling received a major boost today with the adoption of the first-ever Pan-European Master Plan for Cycling Promotion at the Fifth High-Level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment (THE PEP). The Master Plan…

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UNECE teams up with the Kyrgyz Economic University to build expertise on trade facilitation in the Kyrgyz Republic

The trade disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic shook the Kyrgyz economy, which fell by 8.6 per cent in 2020 - for the first time in 26 years, according to the National Statistics Committee of the Kyrgyz Republic. As the country continues its efforts to “build back better”, it is…

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ЕЭК ООН объединяется с Кыргызским экономическим университетом для накопления знаний и опыта по упрощению процедур торговли в Кыргызской Республике

Затруднения в торговле, вызванные пандемией COVID-19, оказали негативное воздействие на экономику Кыргызской Республики, которая в 2020 году, впервые за 26 лет, снизилась на 8,6 процента (Национальный статистический комитет Кыргызской Республики, 2021 год).  В то время как страна прилагает…

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Speed at the heart of the 6th UN Global Road Safety Week and of UN Road Safety Fund projects

Speed kills.  A child hit by a car at 30 km/h (20 mph) can survive. Hit at 80 km/h (50 mph), most will die.  “Streets for Life” is the slogan chosen for the 6th United Nations Global Road Safety Week (UNGRSW) to be launched this 17 May 2021, calling for 30 km/h (20 mph) speed limits to be the…

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Moscow joins the Trees in Cities Challenge, bringing planting pledges to around 11 million trees

With a pledge to plant almost 83,000 new trees, Moscow became the first city in Russia to officially commit to the initiative launched by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in 2019.

As one of the world’s megacities with a population of over 12 million, Moscow is…

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Москва присоединилась к инициативе «Вызов: деревья в городах», приводя общее обязательство по посадкам деревьев к 11 миллионам

Обязуясь посадить почти 83 000 новых деревьев, Москва стала первым городом в России, который официально поддержал инициативу, запущенную Европейской экономической комиссией Организации Объединенных Наций (ЕЭК ООН) в 2019 году.

Являясь одним из мегаполисов мира с населением более 12…