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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,…

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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…

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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…

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Amid worrying trends in attitudes towards gender-based violence, UNECE calls for commitment to end all violence against women

In half of countries in Europe, North America and Central Asia with data, the belief that it is justifiable for a man to beat his wife is becoming more widespread. 

This worrying trend stands out among the findings of the recent review of progress in the UNECE region towards priorities…

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SPECA States agree on a dedicated multi-partner trust fund and adopt a roadmap for digitalization of the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor

Meeting for the first time since the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) was created in 1998, the Heads of State and Government of SPECA participating States adopted the Baku Declaration. The declaration endorses a roadmap for the digitalization of…

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UN Convention will unify legal system for carriage of cargo between Europe and Asia

Cargo carriage by rail between Europe and Asia will be made easier, quicker and thus cheaper thanks to the adoption of a new United Nations Convention unifying applicable legal rules.   

Until now, rail transport of goods from Asia to Europe was not covered by one uniform legislative…

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UN Special Envoy for Road Safety visits China to advocate for actions in addressing new road safety challenges

The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety (Special Envoy) will travel to China to meet representatives from various sectors, advocating for effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 with an aim of halving the…

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New recommendations and standards for sweet potatoes and pecans to facilitate international trade

Sweet potato is a tropical plant which, despite its name, is not related to potatoes. It is a nutritious food rich in vitamin A and C, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Furthermore, sweet potatoes are also a drought-tolerant vegetable, valued for their resilience in diverse agricultural systems.…

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New UN Regulation to enhance safety of transport of children in buses and coaches

The majority of the buses and coaches currently in use worldwide are not equipped with safety-belts. And if they are, they are equipped with safety-belts designed to protect adults by means of 2-point or 3-point harness seat belts. These types of safety-belts are not suitable for use on and by…

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UNECE seeks public input on UNFC supplemental specifications for groundwater resources

Groundwater, an invaluable source of freshwater, faces numerous challenges, including overexploitation, pollution, and insufficient data to assess groundwater quantity and quality. UNECE has opened a public consultation on the draft supplemental specifications for groundwater resources for the…

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New “green” loan options for SMEs and underserved individuals in North Macedonia

New loan options with Performance-Based Payments (PBPs) will be made available to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and seven target groups of creditworthy but underserved individuals/households from North Macedonia. The loans are to be used for investments in renewable energy (RE) and…

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UN Tools can help Central Asia tap its Critical Raw Materials potential

Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) are essential for the production and deployment of low-carbon technologies, such as wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles, and batteries. However, they also pose significant challenges regarding supply, demand, environmental and social impacts, and…

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UN Special Envoy for Road Safety visits Saudi Arabia to encourage further actions in improving road safety

The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, is visiting Saudi Arabia to meet Ministers and stakeholders from the private sector, calling for further actions to address the challenge of road safety. While Saudi Arabia has made significant progress in tackling its traffic…

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المبعوث الخاص للأمم المتحدة للسلامة المرورية يزور المملكة العربية السعودية لتشجيع المزيد من الإجراءات لتحسين السلامة المرورية

24 تشرين الأول/أكتوبر 2023 - يزور المبعوث الخاص للأمين العام للأمم المتحدة للسلامة المرورية، جان تود، المملكة العربية السعودية للقاء الوزراء وأصحاب المصلحة من القطاع الخاص، للدعوة إلى اتخاذ المزيد من الإجراءات لمواجهة التحدي  في مجال في السلامة المرورية. وفي حين حققت المملكة…

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В Докладе ООН, в котором представлен обзор демографических тенденций в странах Европы, Центральной Азии и Северной Америки, подчеркивается, что права и выбор должны лежать в основе стратегических мер реагирования на изменения в обществах

ЖЕНЕВА, 19 октября 2023 года – В условиях, когда весь Европейский регион сталкивается с последствиями нескольких пересекающихся кризисов, включая последствия пандемии COVID-19 и множественные воздействия в связи с войной в Украине и другими конфликтами в регионе, спикеры, выступающие сегодня на…

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UN review of population trends in Europe, Central Asia and North America stresses that rights and choices must underpin policy responses to societal shifts

With the wider European region facing the impacts of several overlapping crises, including the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine and other conflicts in the region, speakers at a high-level regional population conference in Geneva today stressed that…

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UNECE launches a compendium to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in their efforts to embrace circular economy models

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) account for over 90 per cent of registered enterprises in the UNECE region, spreading from North America to Central Asia. These enterprises hold immense potential to drive the transition towards a circular and green economy due to their agility…

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UN Special Envoy for Road Safety visits India to advocate for urgent action

The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, is gearing up for a crucial mission to India, where road safety challenges persist at alarming rates. According to the WHO, one of every 10 road deaths globally occurs in India. The visit, scheduled from 16-20…

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UNECE helps Ukraine draft law to address housing challenges and develops municipal investment tracker for greater transparency in reconstruction projects

A joint assessment by the Government of Ukraine, the World Bank Group, the European Commission and the UN released in March 2023 estimated the cost of reconstruction and recovery at USD 411 billion. As the destruction of the war continues, UNECE is stepping up its support in preparation for…