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UNECE to develop battery durability requirements for electric heavy-duty vehicles

The need to decarbonize the transport sector is driving the rapid expansion of electric cars, which totaled 10 million sales worldwide in 2022 (for a market share of 14% of total sales) up from just around 1 million in 2017.   

Electrification is also extending to heavy-duty vehicles,…

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UNECE adopts groundbreaking regulation introducing methodology to measure particle emissions from cars and vans’ braking systems

Following strong reduction from exhaust particle emissions (PM 2.5 and 10) over the past 20 years, due to international and national vehicle regulations, non-exhaust sources now make up approximately 80% of particle emissions from vehicle use, compared to some 40% in 2000. Non-exhaust emissions…

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UNECE adopts global regulation to measure tailpipe emissions in real driving conditions

The accurate measurement of vehicles’ tailpipe emissions, a key element in governments’ policy decisions and consumers’ choices to reduce the impact on air quality and the environment, will be significantly enhanced thanks to the adoption today of the United Nations Regulation on global Real…

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Renewables could power almost 80% of Ukraine's economy by 2050, says UN report

The war in Ukraine, which has caused immense suffering and resulted in the destruction of critical infrastructure, demands urgent action to rebuild the country and its energy system.   

Today, Ukraine heavily depends on fossil fuels, which accounted for some 70% of its primary energy…


Supporting older persons in vulnerable situations: new UNECE Policy Brief highlights strategies for action

At any age, intersecting factors such as poverty, disability, social isolation, and exposure to abuse can increase the risk of vulnerability and weaken resilience in the case of adverse events. The COVID-19 pandemic, rising inflation, natural disasters, and war are examples of…

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Urban forests in the spotlight of the first episode of the UN Forest Podcast

Trees belong in cities. Yet, as cities across the globe get bigger, trees and green spaces are lost to new buildings and infrastructure. With less than 20 percent of ground area covered by tree crowns, on average, cities all over the world need many more trees than they have today.


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Ukraine introduces mandatory reporting by enterprises on greenhouse gas emissions and other pollutants using UNECE legal tools

UNECE welcomes the approval by the Cabinet of the Ministers of Ukraine of the procedure for maintaining a National Pollutant Release and Transfer Register. The Register, to be operational from 8 October 2023, is expected to facilitate the free provision of information on pollution, such as…

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UNECE Centre of Excellence in Estonia to support energy efficient reconstruction of multi-apartment buildings in Ukraine

Housing is one of the sectors most affected by the war in Ukraine, with over US$50 billion of damage recorded since the invasion by the Russian Federation. In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, some 3,367 apartment buildings and 1,823 single apartment buildings have been destroyed and…

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UNECE report shows how innovation can become cornerstone of Armenia’s sustainable development

Despite geopolitical and economic instability since gaining independence, Armenia has become one of the regional leaders in innovation, especially, but not only, in the IT service sector. The past two decades alone have seen the creation of more than 1,000 start-ups providing a range of IT…

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UNECE redoubles support to Kharkiv and Mykolaiv reconstruction planning through German-funded USD 5 million project

Overall damage to the housing sector alone following the Russian invasion of Ukraine is estimated at over US$50 billion. In Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, some 3367 apartment buildings and 1823 single apartment buildings have been destroyed and damaged, according to the City Council.…

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The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits East Africa (29 May-8 June) to support new mobility initiatives

After a mission earlier this month to West Africa (Senegal and Ivory Coast), Special Envoy Jean Todt will visit Ethiopia (May 29-31), Kenya (June 1-5) and Zimbabwe (June 6-8) to meet with ministers and representatives of the public and private sector, and NGOs, to advocate for the…


UEFA supports UN global campaign for road safety

UEFA will use the international appeal of its club competition finals to highlight the UN's new global campaign for road safety, which aims to halve the number of traffic deaths worldwide by 2030.


An estimated 1.35 million people die on the world's roads each year, with more…


UN Road Safety Fund launches 2022 Annual Report at ITF Summit

The UN Road Safety Fund launched its 2022 Annual Report on 25 May with public and private sector and civil society partners in a media event at the International Transport Forum Summit in Leipzig, Germany.


The latest…

Decade for road safety

The United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and EssilorLuxottica join forces in a campaign to promote good vision on the road

The United Nations Special Envoy for Road Safety and EssilorLuxottica announce today a partnership that reinforces their commitment to promote good vision on the road. Following the United Nations’ call for its member countries to ensure good vision for all road users in alignment with the 2030…

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Air pollution in heatwaves: new measurement insights from UNECE Air Convention will improve modelling to sharpen policy response

The interlinkages between air pollution and climate change are manifold, even though discussions at the international level tend to often take place separately: air pollutants and greenhouse gases are often emitted by the same sources,  leading to complex chemical interactions in the atmosphere…

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UNECE announces winners of its PPP and infrastructure award 2023

As part of the Seventh UNECE International PPP Forum, UNECE organized a competition to showcase the best public-private partnership (PPP) and infrastructure projects that contribute to the circular economy agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

For this competition – the…

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UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits West Africa to accelerate implementation of new mobility policies

The Special Envoy Jean Todt will visit Senegal (May 3-6) and Côte d'Ivoire (May 7-8) to meet with ministers as well as representatives of the private sector, public sector, and NGOs to advocate for the effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety…

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Guinea-Bissau accedes to the Aarhus Convention, opening new horizons for environmental democracy in Africa and worldwide

Guinea-Bissau has acceded to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), bringing the total number of Parties to 47.  

By promoting public engagement in environmental decision-…

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Central Asia would need a massive shift rather than a massive increase in investment to reach net zero by 2050, according to the UN

Today, fossil fuels account for 95% of total energy supply in the 5 countries of Central Asia - - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - that are members of UNECE.  

A massive shift away from fossil fuels and towards renewable sources will be needed for…

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По данным ООН, Центральной Азии потребуется масштабный сдвиг, а не масштабное увеличение инвестиций, чтобы к 2050 году достичь нулевого уровня выбросов углерода

На сегодняшний день на ископаемое топливо приходится 95 процентов общего объема энергоснабжения в 5 странах Центральной Азии – Казахстане, Кыргызстане, Таджикистане, Туркменистане и Узбекистане – членах ЕЭК ООН.  

Странам потребуется массовый переход от ископаемых видов топлива к…