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Crises are further slowing sustainable development in Europe, North America and Central Asia, warns UNECE report

Efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 are facing strong headwinds from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, shocks arising from climate change and the war against Ukraine, high interest rates and still-elevated inflation.  

New data available for this year’s…

ES in Brussels

Executive Secretary’s visit to EU Commission underscores mutual benefits of cooperation, with a strong focus on normative work 

In her first visit to Brussels as UNECE Executive Secretary, Tatiana Molcean held strategic discussions this week with European Commissioners for environment and energy, and high-level officials responsible for industrial policy, trade and…

Emissions from tyres

UNECE to introduce the first ever methodology to measure particle emissions from tyres

Following the adoption last year of a methodology to measure the emissions from braking systems, UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) now turns to tackling emissions from tyres.   

Made from a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber and plastic polymers,…

Car traffic in Dili Timor Leste

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits Timor-Leste to advocate for safer mobility

Special Envoy Jean Todt is visiting Timor-Leste from 7 until 10 February, to meet H.E President José Manuel Ramos-Horta, ministers and representatives of the public and private sector, and civil society, to advocate for the effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of…

Autonomous driving

New UN regulation paves the way for the roll-out of additional driver assistance systems

UNECE’s Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles has adopted the draft of a new regulation that defines provisions for the approval of vehicles with Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS) and provides minimum safety requirements for vehicles equipped with the Advanced…


UN extends its cyber security management regulation to motorcycles and scooters

UNECE’s Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles today decided to include motorcycles, scooters and electric bicycles with speed exceeding 25 km/h in the scope of the UN Regulation No. 155 on cyber security and cyber security management. 

In force since January 2021,…


Uzbekistan's accession to the Protocol on Water and Health opens new opportunities for stronger action on water, sanitation, hygiene and health

Uzbekistan has joined to the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health, thereby becoming its 29th Party and the first country in Central Asia to join this treaty. Accession to the Protocol is expected to serve as a catalyst to further drive and streamline national action on water, sanitation…

Electric vans

New UN regulation will ensure durable batteries for electric vans

Batteries fitted to electric vans will be required to be of high quality and durable over the years thanks to a proposal agreed today by UNECE’s Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE).  

The proposal will now be submitted to the UNECE-hosted World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle…


Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan commit to improving transboundary water cooperation for the benefit of 3 million people in the Chu and Talas river basins

Today, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan signed a joint statement on the approval of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Chu and Talas river basins aimed at effective transboundary cooperation in the context of climate change to ensure health, security and economic well-being for the 3 million…


Scientists provide recipe to halve Nitrogen pollution from food production

Nitrogen, which is vital for plant growth, is present in animal excreta and synthetic fertilisers that are applied to land to boost crop production. But excessive and inefficient use of this nutrient means up to 80% of it leaks into the environment, mostly in various polluting forms of nitrogen…

UNECE ES at the Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries in Yerevan Armenia

At Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries UNECE stresses that UN transport conventions and trade facilitation tools can help achieve better connectivity

Due to their geographical location, the world’s 32 Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are facing common problems that negatively affect their economic engagement with the rest of the world. Long distances from the nearest seaports, inadequate transport and transit systems multiple border…

Espoo MOP

Meetings of Parties to UNECE treaties stress role of environmental assessment to boost sustainable energy transition and SDGs

Gathering in Geneva for the Meetings of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), Ministers and high-level government officials emphasized the crucial…

Aerial photography distant view power plan

Governments in Europe and North America agree to revise Gothenburg Protocol to avoid long-term damage from air pollution to health, ecosystems, yields and climate

Parties to the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention) have agreed to work to revise the Protocol to Abate Acidification, Eutrophication and Ground-Level Ozone (Gothenburg Protocol), which is expected to further strengthen efforts to reduce air pollution in…

cop water

Water cooperation must remain at core of climate action to address security and health risks, urges UNECE at COP28

Climate change is a major stress factor for the world’s water resources, heightening risks of conflict in shared basins, threatening health and undermining sustainable development.  

During high-level discussions held at COP28 on the thematic days on Peace, Security, and Health and on…

Dry city

UNECE and World Green Economy Organization invite stakeholders to join the Trees in Dry Cities Coalition at COP28

Cities are a major driver of climate change, responsible for an estimated 75% of all carbon dioxide emissions globally. With two thirds of humanity projected to live in cities by 2050, cities are at the center of climate action. We need solutions to reduce urban greenhouse gas emissions and…

Road transport

At COP28, UNECE and partners highlight need to decarbonize inland transport and how UN tools and legal instruments can help

The global transport sector has the highest reliance on fossil fuels of any sector. In 2021 it accounted for almost one fourth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The road transport sector, including passenger cars, buses, heavy and light duty commercial vehicles, is the major GHG…


COP28: UN urges coordinated action to align soaring Critical Raw Materials extraction and use with sustainable development

Critical Raw Materials (CRM) like lithium, nickel, cobalt, copper, manganese, graphite and rare earth elements are crucial for renewable energy technologies like solar panels, wind turbines and for battery production, driving the global shift to electrification. Yet with surging demand,…


Beyond simply ‘more data’, climate action demands better use of existing data and coordination, urges statistical community at COP28

Amid the proliferation of data related to climate change, the international statistical community has called at COP28 for greater coordination to improve statistics, address persistent gaps, and to fully leverage existing data systems for urgent climate action. This, as stressed in discussions…

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UNECE and partners advocate for "transition finance" at COP28 to help hard-to-abate sectors and small businesses decarbonize

Climate investments of $1.6 to $3.8 trillion per year are needed from 2020 to 2050 to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). While green finance has more than tripled since the adoption of the Paris Agreement…

Publication PPP

UNECE publishes legal framework for Public-Private Partnerships in support of the SDGs

Countries that wish to harness the potential of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to advance the development, provision and operation of sustainable infrastructure and public services will find help in ensuring this is done in ways that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) thanks to…