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Chief Statisticians adopt position to govern use of data from private suppliers

Chief Statisticians from across and beyond the UNECE region, taking part in this week’s 70th plenary session of the Conference of European Statisticians, have today adopted a Position statement on access to data held by the private sector for purposes of official statistics, publicly affirming…

Uzbekistan tree planting

UNECE and UNDP support Uzbekistan’s Yashil Makon/Green Nation initiative to fight against climate change

Desertification, water scarcity, droughts, and the shrinkage of the Aral Sea are some of the challenges that Uzbekistan faces due to climate change. Given their vital role in regulating ecosystems, protecting biodiversity and landscapes, and supporting livelihoods, trees and forests are at the…

Truck regulation

New UN Regulation harmonizes reverse warning sound of vehicles

A reverse warning sound is widely used to ensure safety of people around medium- and heavy-duty vehicles above 3.5 tonnes. However, until now, there has been no worldwide harmonized regulation for audible reverse warning. To reduce the risk of accidents with reversing vehicles, on the one hand,…


Chief Statisticians reaffirm Official statistics as shared foundation of an informed society and bedrock of democracy, 30 years since adoption of Fundamental Principles

Thirty years after UNECE’s adoption of the Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics, formulated by the Conference of European Statisticians (CES), the same body gathers this week in Geneva to continue its essential and ever-evolving work. Chief statisticians and national statistical offices…

Ageing conference

Rome Ministerial Conference on Ageing closes with commitment to policy action for solidarity and equal opportunities throughout life

The 5th UNECE Ministerial Conference on Ageing in Rome closed today with the adoption of the 2022 Rome Ministerial Declaration on Ageing “a Sustainable Society for All Ages: Joining Forces for Solidarity and Equal Opportunities throughout life”.

The declaration reconfirms countries’…


Ministers will gather in Rome to review regional progress in the response to populating ageing

Population ageing is transforming the demographic structure of countries in the UNECE region. Over the past 20 years, the number of older persons has risen by 70.3 million, and their proportion increased from 13.4 to 17.5 per cent in 2022, according to United Nations population estimates. Rising…


We need more traceability and transparency to make better choices in the fashion industry, urges activist Lily Cole together with UNECE and FAO in Latin America

“It is a responsibility to happen to be alive at this very moment, when scientists are telling us that we are facing an existential threat. Every person, every business, every government – especially those with the privilege of choice and power – needs to play a part in the transformation…

Water convention

Climate change threatens access to water and sanitation, warn UNECE & WHO/Europe, urging reinforced measures under Protocol to boost resilience

From insufficient drinking water supply to contamination by sewage overflow and disease outbreaks from improper wastewater treatment, existing risks from climate change to water, sanitation and hygiene in the pan-European region are set to increase significantly, UNECE and the WHO Regional…


UNECE and UNCTAD join forces in enhancing the private sector’s role in advancing trade facilitation

16 May 2022, Geneva – participants from around the globe representing governments, National Trade Facilitation Bodies (NTFB) experts and private sector joined the online roundtable organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD…

Water meeting

Drina countries agree on a cross-sectoral roadmap to improve transboundary cooperation in the management of natural resources in the basin

Representatives from the water, energy, and environment sectors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia - the three riparians of the Drina River Basin - met on 4 May 2022 to discuss ways forward on sustainable development and transboundary cooperation.

The meeting of the…


Left out? UNECE report guides measurement of social exclusion

A new publication released today by UNECE, Approaches to Measuring Social Exclusion, examines the many and varied ways in which statistics can assess progress towards the policy goal of leaving no-one behind.

Social exclusion, or being left out of societal processes and structures, often…

Bombing in Ukraine

UNECE to coordinate UN Task Force on new Master Plan for the city of Kharkiv

The war has already caused the destruction of infrastructure in many urban areas of Ukraine and will require enormous efforts by the government and international partners to reconstruct following the cessation of hostilities.

In April 2022, the Ministry for Communities and Territories…

Disaster relief

UN/CEFACT, OCHA and partners release recommendations to smooth the movement of disaster relief across borders

Celerity is the essence of any disaster response. Swift distribution of equipment, relief goods and services to those that need them can minimize the destruction and alleviate the suffering inflicted by a disaster, restoring populations to safety, to health and to dignity sooner. But velocity of…

Digital Economy

Kyrgyz Republic champions trade facilitation education in Central Asia with UNECE support

A seminar and a high-level roundtable focusing on “Trade Facilitation in the Digital Economy” concluded years of collaboration between UNECE and the Kyrgyz Economic University (KEU). Aimed at building the capacity of local exerts, the UNECE project titled “Strengthening the capacity of the…

Digital Economy

Кыргызская Республика становится лидером в образовании по упрощению процедур торговли в Центральной Азии при поддержке ЕЭК ООН

В период с 12 по 14 апреля 2022 года в Бишкеке прошел 3-й международный семинар и круглый стол на тему «Упрощение процедур торговли в цифровой экономике», которые завершили годы сотрудничества между ЕЭК ООН и Кыргызским экономическим университетом имени Мусы Рыскулбекова (КЭУ). Проект ЕЭК ООН…


Faced with rising challenges for sustainable development, UNECE Regional Forum concludes with renewed commitment to deliver on the SDGs

How to build back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the UNECE Region? Around 1000 key stakeholders including governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental organisations, business representatives …

Launch of the Circular STEP Network

UNECE launches platform for policy dialogue on circular economy

Almost all countries in the UNECE region, covering US, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, have adopted national policies which are directly or indirectly related to the sustainable management of natural resources and the circular economy.


UNECE and UEFA sign sustainability-based Memorandum of Understanding

UNECE and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of showing how football and hosting UEFA events can support cities to become more sustainable.

To celebrate the agreement, a side event entitled ‘Football as accelerator…

SDG Report 2022

Halfway to 2030: UNECE report shows we must accelerate progress to achieve SDGs in the region

As we approach the halfway mark between the adoption and finish line of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the region is on track to achieve only 26 of 169 SDG targets, according to the UNECE 2022 SDG progress report released today. For all other measurable targets, the region must…

SDG Report 2022

A mitad de camino hacia 2030, el informe de la CEPE demuestra que debemos acelerar el progreso para alcanzar los ODS en la región paneuropea

Mientras nos acercamos a la mitad del camino entre la adopción y la meta de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, la región está en camino de lograr sólo 26 de las 169 metas de los ODS, según el informe de la CEPE 2022 sobre el progreso de los ODS publicado hoy. Para todas las demás…