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UNECE to develop international hydrogen classification system

If business as usual continues greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are projected to rise, leading to a median global warming of 3.2°C by 2100. Deep and quick decarbonization of heavy industries is needed, and sustainable hydrogen could be the key ingredient.  

Hydrogen is already strongly…

carbon neutrality

Carbon neutrality by 2050 is still achievable despite energy crisis, according to new UN report

Bold and sustained action must start now and maximize the use of all low- and zero-carbon technologies if we are to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, warns the Roadmap to carbon neutrality for Europe, North America, and Central Asia released today by UNECE in the lead up to critical climate…

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Breakthrough growth in renewables in South-East and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia must be accelerated to end fossil dependency and boost energy security

Renewables and energy efficiency offer an opportunity for a secure and sovereign energy supply in the region, find REN21 and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in their latest regional status report.  

The region has seen an unprecedented growth in renewable…

2022 renewable energy report cover page

Прорывной рост возобновляемой энергетики в странах Юго-Восточной и Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии, должен быть ускорен, чтобы положить конец зависимости от ископаемого топлива и обеспечить энергетическую безопасность

Возобновляемые источники энергии и энергоэффективность открывают возможности надежного и независимого энергоснабжения - к такому заключению пришли REN21 и Европейская Экономическая Комиссия ООН (ЕЭК ООН) в региональном докладе о состоянии возобновляемой энергетики за 2022 год.  


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Queensland, Australia, is first jurisdiction to legislate application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources to Geothermal energy

The application of the UN’s flagship framework for sustainable resource classification (UNFC) reached a new milestone with the decision by Queensland, Australia, to legislate application of UNFC to geothermal energy. 

Queensland’s Geothermal Energy Regulation 2022 includes the UNFC…

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Managing Risk for Post-Pandemic Trade: UNECE and ITC launch a Guide for Border Regulators

Border control agencies are faced with limited resources. Streamlining risk management at the border and applying a risk-based approach to target high-risk movements of goods can help to address this challenge. Risk management can also be a tool to facilitate the clearance process during…


Michelangelo Pistoletto launches a message of peace with symbolic sculpture in Kharkiv

In support of the mayor of Kharkiv’s desire to rebuild his city and send a signal recovery to his citizens and the world, renowned artist Michelangelo Pistoletto will offer Kharkiv a “rebirth” sculpture.

The artist, through his foundation, had already realized an…


UNECE continues to mobilise international architects to help Ukrainian cities build back better

UNECE has mobilised international architects to help the city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine’s ninth largest city, develop a forward-looking, people-centred master plan for building back better. This work will be led by One Work, a global design and architecture company, in collaboration with Ukrainian…

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UNECE to review the environmental performance of Mauritania

Due to the increasing popularity of the UNECE Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme, the Government of Mauritania has asked the UNECE secretariat to review the country’s environmental performance. On 10–11 August 2022, the EPR Programme Manager met in Nouakchott with Ministry of…

Nigeria's Federal Minister of water resources

Nigeria’s planned accession to UN Water Convention could be a tipping point for cross-border water cooperation, contributing to security, climate adaptation and sustainable development in Lake Chad and Niger basins

Nigeria has taken a significant step towards ensuring the sustainable management of its cross-border waters with a milestone commitment to join and implement a United Nations treaty known as the Water Convention.   

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Украина присоединится к Конвенции ЕЭК ООН о трансграничном воздействии промышленных аварий

Украина станет Стороной Конвенции ЕЭК ООН о трансграничном воздействии промышленных аварий в следствие сдачи ею 6 июля 2022 г. на хранение Генеральному секретарю ООН в Нью-Йорке документа о присоединении. Конвенция вступит в силу для Украины 4 октября 2022 г. Это следует за вступлением в силу 29…

Energy efficiency

UNECE report highlights Policy and Technological Options for Kazakhstan and Ukraine to Reduce industry’s Energy Use and Emissions

In response to the request from Kazakhstan and Ukraine, UNECE has developed a study on improving energy efficiency and reducing emissions in their industrial sectors. The industrial sector in both countries is the largest energy consumer in the economy, representing 36 percent of final energy…

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Ukraine joins UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents

Ukraine will become a Party to the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, following the deposit of its instrument of accession with the UN Secretary-General in New York on 6 July 2022. The Convention will enter into force for Ukraine on 4 October 2022. This…

Espoo Convention

UNECE supports Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine in taking stock of progress on strategic environmental assessment and transboundary environmental impact assessment

UNECE delivers a wide range of technical assistance and capacity building activities to support the countries of the Caucasus and Eastern Europe to enhance strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA). An effective system for environmental…


Pledges to UN Road Safety Fund at UN High-level Meeting raise US$ 15 million

More funding is still needed to scale up solutions to save lives and livelihoods worldwide 

The UN Road Safety Fund is proud to support the UN High-level Meeting on Global Road Safety and hosted its first pledging event on 30 June 2022 at the UN Headquarters in New York…


Las promesas de contribución al Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Seguridad Vial en la Reunión de Alto Nivel de la ONU alcanzan 15 millones de dólares

Todavía se necesitan más fondos para ampliar las soluciones para salvar vidas y mantener medios de vida en todo el mundo

El Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Seguridad Vial se enorgullece de apoyar la Reunión mundial de Alto Nivel de las Naciones Unidas sobre Seguridad Vial Mundial y…


Les promesses de don faites au Fonds des Nations unies pour la sécurité routière lors de la réunion de haut niveau des Nations unies atteignent 15 millions de dollars

Des fonds supplémentaires sont encore nécessaires pour renforcer les solutions permettant de sauver davantage de vies et protéger les moyens de subsistance dans le monde entier

Le Fonds des Nations Unies pour la sécurité routière est fier de soutenir la Réunion de haut niveau des Nations…

Water convention

Shared management of cross-border rivers, lakes and groundwater is crucial to avert looming water crises, stress UN and countries after 30-year success of Water Convention

More than 3 billion people depend on water that crosses national borders. As climate impacts – from drought to flooding – are felt more and more acutely worldwide, and with rising demands, pollution and tensions threatening increasingly scarce water resources, cooperation on shared waters offers…

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World’s first Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders elected under the Aarhus Convention

The Meeting of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) has elected, by consensus, Mr. Michel Forst as the world’s first Special Rapporteur on environmental defenders…

Road Safety

UN Regulation extends ‎automated driving up to 130 km/h in certain conditions ‎

A new milestone in mobility has been reached with the adoption of a proposal to extend automated driving in certain traffic environments from the current limit of 60 km/h to up to 130 km/h.

The amendment to UN Regulation No. 157 adopted today by the World Forum for Harmonization of…