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UNECE supports transition of Bishkek to a smart, sustainable and resilient city

To support Bishkek in moving towards more sustainable, inclusive and resilient urban growth, the UNECE is advancing several smart sustainable city projects in partnership with the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Bishkek faces multiple challenges, ranging from rapid population growth, continued…

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UNECE warns of high risks of industrial accidents in Ukraine and recalls need for prevention

UNECE notes with concern the attacks on industrial facilities in Ukraine since the beginning of the war and calls for a prompt end of the hostilities and the prevention of technological disasters, which could affect the population and environment of Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

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UNECE supports Georgia’s commitment to applying strategic environmental assessment

A pilot project in Georgia was kicked off as part of UNECE’s longstanding support to enhancing the country’s strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment systems in accordance with the UNECE Protocol on SEA and the Convention on Environmental Impact…

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UNECE to promote transboundary water cooperation at 9th World Water Forum in Dakar

The centrality of transboundary water cooperation for peace and sustainable development has been stressed in recent years at the global and regional levels, notably in the Sustainable Development Goals, at the United Nations Security Council, and at the African Ministers’ Council on Water.…

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Geneva, Lausanne, Nice and Bordeaux aim to bring the forest to the city

Geneva, Lausanne, Nice and Bordeaux are among the latest cities to make tree planting and urban forestry management pledges to support greener, more sustainable and more climate resilient cities as part of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Trees in Cities Challenge.…

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Electronic FIATA Multimodal Bill of Lading data standard available as open-source

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Federation of Freight-Forwarders Associations (FIATA) announce the official release of the electronic FIATA Multimodal Bill of Lading (eFBL) data standard.

The data standard, created on the basis of the…

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Opening of public consultation on the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) in Europe

 

 

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) welcomes comments to support the implementation of a universally applicable scheme for the sustainable management of all energy and mineral resources.

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New UN Regulation harmonizes identification and snow performance of studded tyres

Good winter tyres are indispensable for driving safely on snowy or icy roads, and many countries impose specific winter tyre requirements. These vary from country to country, but usually define winter tyres as those identified with special markings. The entry-level winter tyres are marked M+S (…

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UNECE launches world’s largest repository of standards mapped to the SDGs

UNECE is launching an expanded version of the Portal on Standards for SDGs, which allows users to identify standards which can contribute to the realization of individual Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Portal has been updated from 1,600 standards mapped across five SDGs to 20,000…

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UNECE and Geneva Cities Hub strengthen their cooperation for sustainable urban development

From the climate crisis to inequalities, urban areas play an increasingly central role in tackling key sustainable development challenges. Strengthening the connections between city-level actors and facilitating their engagement in international policy debates is therefore vital to scale up…

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Machine learning for official statistics; buzz, must or bust?

A UNECE guide, Machine Learning for Official Statistics, released today, will help national and international statistical organizations to harness the power of machine learning (ML) to modernize the production of official statistics.

As found by a 2021 project led by the United Kingdom…

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New UNECE standard will boost international trade in pomegranate

Originating from the south of Asia, Persia, and Afghanistan, pomegranate is an ancient fruit that has been cultivated by many cultures for thousands of years throughout the Mediterranean region of Asia, Africa, and Europe.  International trade in pomegranate will be facilitated thanks to a new…

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La nueva norma de CEPE promocionará el comercio internacional de las granadas

Originaria del sur de Asia, Persia y Afganistán, la granada es una fruta ancestral cultivada por muchas culturas durante miles de años en toda la región del Mediterráneo de Asia, África y Europa. El comercio internacional de las granadas se verá facilitado gracias a la nueva norma de CEPE,…

Agriculture and air pollution

New research confirms multi-billion dollar impact of air pollution on natural vegetation and crops

While agriculture and food production cause significant air pollution, air pollution can also have significant impacts on crops, other vegetation and entire ecosystems. This, in turn, can impact on agricultural yields and food production and can lead to significant economic losses.

To…

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Ministers sign resolution to support sustainable inland transport, building on 75 years of cooperation at Inland Transport Committee

The 75th anniversary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) concluded at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), after a week of forward progress in the fields of inland transport connectivity, road safety, accessibility, and sustainability. 

Among the week’s…

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New UNECE Policy Brief calls for government-wide action to adapt to population ageing

The population of the UNECE region is ageing: one in four people will be 65 years old or above by 2050 compared to one in six today. Population ageing has social and economic implications for which societies need to prepare. This requires a coordinated, whole-of-government and whole-of-society…

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Ministers celebrate 75 years of Inland Transport Committee and its critical role for the future of sustainable mobility

Some 50 transport ministers and leaders from around the world joined delegates from over 90 countries for the 75th anniversary session of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC) to celebrate its unique accomplishments and depict a picture of the Committee’s future.

In her keynote…

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UNECE supports Sustainable Urban and Peri-Urban Forestry for public health, climate resilience and green recovery

Spending extended periods of time at home under COVID-19 restrictions highlighted the need for accessible green spaces like never before, particularly for city dwellers who sought out green spaces for fresh air, exercise and a break from the…

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UNECE supports Uganda towards accession to the Water Convention

Uganda has 98 per cent of its water resources within the Nile River Basin. The Nile River is the longest transboundary river in Africa. Cooperation on the Nile Basin water resources, according to Uganda’s Minister for Water and Environment, His Excellency, Hon. Sam Cheptoris, is therefore “not a…

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Global Road Safety Film Festival to showcase solutions for smart and safe mobility

The 8th Edition of the Global Road Safety Film Festival, to be held on 21-22 February 2022, will showcase the best films from among submissions from over 40 countries worldwide that highlight smart and safe mobility solutions to the road safety crisis.

The Festival’s focus on smart and…