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Finland issues guidelines for application of UNFC for harmonised natural resource management

The availability of natural resources is at the core of attaining the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) is a global standard for the sustainable management of all energy and mineral resources in alignment…

UNECE calls upon Uzbekistan to use the recommendations of its Environmental Performance Review for designing its green recovery policies in the aftermath of COVID-19

Rich in natural gas, gold, uranium and other mineral resources, Uzbekistan actively attracts international investments, implements large infrastructure projects and is confronted with difficult choices in finding a way to long-term growth based on climate-friendly…

ЕЭК ООН призывает Узбекистан использовать рекомендации Обзора результативности экологической деятельности при разработке политики «зеленого восстановления» от последствий COVID-19

Обладая богатыми запасами природного газа, золота, урана и других полезных ископаемых, Узбекистан активно привлекает международные инвестиции, реализует крупные инфраструктурные проекты и сталкивается с необходимостью непростого выбора в поиске возможностей для…

UNECE launches handbook on sustainable urban mobility and spatial planning to help steer cities’ green recovery

The COVID-19 pandemic has profoundly impacted urban mobility, and has raised fundamental questions about its future role at the heart of urban development. As cities step up efforts to make post-pandemic mobility more sustainable and efficient, UNECE has issued a new…

La CEE-ONU lance un manuel sur la mobilité urbaine durable et l'aménagement du territoire pour aider à piloter la reprise verte des villes

La pandémie de COVID-19 a profondément impacté la mobilité urbaine et a soulevé des questions fondamentales sur son futur rôle au cœur du développement urbain. Alors que les villes redoublent d’efforts pour rendre la mobilité post-pandémie plus durable et plus efficace,…

ЕЭК ООН выпускает Руководство по устойчивой городской мобильности и пространственному планированию, чтобы помочь стимулировать экологическое восстановление городов

Пандемия COVID-19 сильно повлияла на мобильность в городах и подняла фундаментальные вопросы о ее будущей роли в центре городского развития. По мере того, как города активизируют усилия по повышению устойчивости и эффективности пост-пандемической мобильности, ЕЭК ООН…

UNECE issues guidelines and best practices for small businesses in critical raw material supply to assure post-COVID-19 resilience

Micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are the backbone of the economy in the UNECE region and have been hard hit by the COVID-19 economic crisis. This stress in turn impacted the supply chains of many industries, especially those involved in supporting essential…

The pandemic shows need for resilient and sustainable cities, say local authorities as UNECE Forum of Mayors paves way for more inclusive multilateralism

The current health crisis made the need for more robust cities more evident than ever before. The pandemic amplified and exposed the vulnerabilities of current urban realities, including overcrowded public transport, inadequate and unsanitary settlements, high levels of…

Governments of Central Asia and the Caucasus call for strengthened cooperation on transport connectivity and use of UN instruments to accelerate COVID-19 recovery

Enhancing connectivity and ensuring sustainable and efficient functioning of international transport corridors is of paramount importance for the economic recovery of landlocked countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, especially during the COVID-19 crisis which caused…

Broad cross-sectoral cooperation urgently needed to address the degradation of North Africa’s largest aquifer shared by Algeria, Libya and Tunisia

Shared by Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, the North Western Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS) is North Africa’s largest groundwater reserve, supporting the lives and livelihoods of 4.8 million inhabitants. A vital water resource extending over 1 million square kilometres in a…

Seule une vaste coopération intersectorielle permettra de lutter contre la dégradation du plus grand aquifère d’Afrique du Nord, partagé par l'Algérie, la Libye et la Tunisie

Partagé entre l'Algérie, la Libye et la Tunisie, le Système Aquifère du Sahara Septentrional (SSAS) est la plus grande réserve d'eau souterraine d'Afrique du Nord. Il assure la vie et les moyens de subsistance de 4,8 millions d'habitants. Ressource vitale en eau s'…

Eight UN organizations stress critical role of international transport and integrated supply chains for COVID-19 recovery and the SDGs

The social and economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting our efforts to improve livelihoods and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The early responses to restraining the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively…

Albania joins the Aarhus Convention’s amendment on genetically modified organisms

On 3 September 2020, Albania accepted the amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO amendment) to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), raising the…

Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee makes clear that the COVID-19 pandemic cannot justify any restriction of the public’s rights to information, participation and justice in environmental matters

On 2 September 2020, the Compliance Committee to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) adopted a statement on the application of the Aarhus Convention both during…

UNECE study explores new frontiers for censuses: changes ahead but will remain core of informed decision-making

The UNECE Steering Group on Population and Housing Censuses, a group of 20 census experts representing 17 countries and international organizations, has released a study, New Frontiers for Censuses Beyond 2020, exploring the new challenges and opportunities for censuses in…

UNECE guidance for the energy efficiency and renewables sector will support small businesses to drive the green recovery

Micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are among the worst hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. They represent over 90 percent of all companies in most countries in the UNECE region and are responsible for over half of GDP. Therefore, the economic recovery…

We must not wait for the next ammonium nitrate blast - solutions exist to improve safety

On Tuesday 4 August, a huge warehouse explosion in the port area of Beirut left over 135 people dead, 5,000 injured, 100 missing and 300,000 homeless, according to media reports. The explosions appear to have been caused by tons of ammonium nitrate.

A lake in the forest

UNECE/FAO studies contribute to sustainable management of precious forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) rarely make international headlines and are often overlooked in global debates on forest preservation and sustainable management. Nevertheless, these…

Forest area in UNECE region continues to increase, says FAO report, but greater efforts needed to protect these fragile ecosystems

The world has lost around 420 million hectares of forest to other land uses since 1990, with an annual rate of deforestation estimated at 10 million hectares over the last five years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in its 2020…

UNECE/FAO studies contribute to sustainable management of precious forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) rarely make international headlines and are often overlooked in global debates on forest preservation and sustainable management.…