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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…

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UNECE 70th Commission session: Member States stress the need for policy and regulatory adaptation to advance implementation of the 2030 Agenda

In the 75 years of its existence UNECE has proved to be an effective platform for cooperation among countries in the pan-European region and beyond, facilitating economic development and integration. Yet, due to ongoing multiple crises, the region is further away from achieving the 2030 Agenda…


Ministerial statement stresses SPECA’s unique role in supporting connectivity and sustainable development in Central Asia

Gathering in Geneva on the margins of this week’s UNECE 70th Commission session, Ministers and high-level representatives of countries participating in the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) – Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan…

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UNECE confirms need to accelerate digitalization in land administration but warns of data security issues and digital divide  

Technology and digitalization are reshaping the land administration undertaken by governments to manage land and cadastre registries and tenure rights. With this fundamental work key to all planning in both cities and rural areas, for land and property-based taxation, and vital in the fight…

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2023 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development: Focus on SDG acceleration in times of multiple crises

The 2023 UNECE Regional Forum on Sustainable Development brought together over 1000 participants to scale up action for the SDGs as the region finds itself mired in multiple crises. The forum took place on 29 and 30 March, with over 30 side events as well as pre-meetings from Youth and Civil…

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UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety returns to Southeast Asia to call for more investment in road safety

The Special Envoy will travel in South-East Asia and will meet with Ministers as well as the private sector, public sector and NGO stakeholders in Lao PDR (5-7 April), Thailand (10 April), the Philippines (11-14 April) and Malaysia (17-19 April) to advocate for the effective implementation of…

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Iraq’s accession to the United Nations TIR Convention will boost trade and growth in the Middle East

Iraq’s has become the 78th contacting party to the TIR Convention. All its neighbours: the Islamic Republic of Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, the Syrian Arab Republic, Saudi Arabia and Türkiye, are also contracting parties, opening up perspectives for more efficient and secure flow of goods across the…


Iraq’s accession to UN Water Convention opens new opportunities to strengthen transboundary water cooperation in the Middle East

Iraq today made history as the first country in the Middle East to join the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (known as the UN Water Convention). It becomes the 49th Party to this unique international legal and intergovernmental framework…


Governments, UNECE and WHO/Europe scale up commitments for human rights to water and sanitation under the Protocol on Water and Health

Italy and Kazakhstan have committed to reinforce action to uphold human rights to water and sanitation for all by joining the UNECE/WHO Europe Protocol on Water and Health, at the milestone UN Water Conference in New York.  

Hungary, as Chair of the Protocol, also shared its commitment…

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10 States in Africa, Middle East and Latin America commit to join key water-sharing treaty, as UN sets membership target for half of all countries by 2030

In an unprecedented political push for cross-border water cooperation, Ministers from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East have declared at the UN Water Conference their country’s resolve to join a key United Nations accord known as the Water Convention.  

In what could constitute a…


Nigeria joins the UN Water Convention, pushing forward water cooperation across borders

As leaders gather in New York for the milestone UN Water Conference, Nigeria has taken a decisive step for cooperative water action by officially becoming the 48th Party to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (known as the UN Water…

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40-strong Coalition of governments and key water actors urge greater transboundary water cooperation at UN Water Conference

40 countries, regional integration and international organizations, international financial institutions, NGOs, academic and research centers have made a united call at the United Nations 2023 Water Conference to step up global efforts for transboundary water cooperation.



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UN Framework Classification for Resources will be instrumental in the EU Critical Raw Materials strategy

The massive shift to renewable energy and green technologies needed to meet the obligations under the Paris Agreement will require an exponential increase in the use of critical raw materials (rare earths, lithium, cobalt, nickel, copper, silicon etc.) by 2050.   

The EU currently relies…


World must seize UN Water Conference to consolidate cooperation on shared waters as basis to address water crisis

When leaders gather in New York on 22-24 March for the first major UN Water Conference in almost 50 years, the world must not miss the opportunity to secure greater cooperation on shared waters – which account for some 60% of global freshwater flow – as a prerequisite to address the global water…

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UNECE report shows progress towards the SDGs is slowing in the region, calling for renewed political impetus

In the face of multiple intersecting crises in the region, UNECE member States must redouble efforts to avert a further crisis of sustainable development, according to the SDG status report released today.  

The report, Growing Challenges for Sustainable…

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Un nouveau rapport montre que les progrès vers les ODD ralentissent dans la région de la CEE-ONU, appelant à un nouvel élan politique

Face aux multiples crises qui se croisent dans la région, les États membres de la CEE-ONU doivent redoubler d'efforts pour éviter une nouvelle crise du développement durable, selon le rapport sur l'état d'avancement des Objectifs de développement durable (ODD) publié aujourd'hui.  


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Доклад ЕЭК ООН показывает, что прогресс в достижении ЦУР замедляется в регионе, и призывает к приданию нового политического импульса

Перед лицом многочисленных пересекающихся кризисов в регионе государства-члены ЕЭК ООН должны удвоить усилия, чтобы предотвратить продолжение кризиса в области устойчивого развития, говорится в опубликованном сегодня докладе о состоянии ЦУР. 

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