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UN/CEFACT standards will support digitalization of maritime transport ‎

When ships enter and leave ports, vital information about cargoes, dangerous goods, crews, vessel details and many other things has to be exchanged with the authorities ashore. Under International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) so-called FAL Convention, public authorities …

Political cooperation across borders protects water resources in Drin Basin ‎

Shared among Albania, Greece, Kosovo*, Montenegro and North Macedonia (the five ‘Riparians’), the Drin River Basin provides water resources for drinking, energy, fishing and agriculture, biodiversity, tourism and industry. The Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the…

Securing critical raw materials supply is key to the response to ‎COVID-19‎

With almost half of the world under lockdown, the continued supply of certain critical raw materials needed for an effective response to the COVID-19 pandemic has become a concern.  

The Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) and excipients…

UNECE launches platform to help National Statistical Offices navigate ‎challenges for official statistics during COVID-19 crisis‎

The world is facing a crisis like no other. Policymakers are pursuing the combined aims of saving lives and minimizing the adverse economic, social and environmental impacts, and to do so they must take hard decisions and bold moves, quickly and transparently. Such…

UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention celebrates 20 years of pan-‎European cooperation to strengthen prevention, preparedness and ‎response ‎

Prevention, preparedness and response are key pillars of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents which will celebrate its 20th anniversary of entry into force on 19 April 2020.

The Convention was negotiated in…

UN/CEFACT digital standards can help governments reduce the risk of disease transmission ‎from animals and facilitate legal trade

Coronaviruses, including the one responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic, are a large family of viruses that are common in animals, and can occasionally be transmitted to humans – a phenomenon known as “zoonosis”.

Ensuring proper controls on the…

Let’s make post- COVID-19 mobility more sustainable: UNECE issues guidance on reducing car use in cities

It is clear that the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic cannot simply be a return to business as usual. With the mobility that societies take for granted severely limited in many countries due to emergency measures, one area that calls for a critical re-assessment is how…

Energy efficient buildings: UNECE guidelines aim to help close gap between technologies, ‎standards and implementation

Improving energy efficiency is one of the most cost-effective options for meeting growing energy demand, ensuring more rational use of energy, contributing to a better environment and to energy security in most countries, and securing economic well-being and improved…

Countries adopt blueprint to improve road safety systematically, harnessing UN legal instruments‎

Faced with a road safety emergency that costs 1.35 million lives a year, the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety, held in Stockholm, launched a call for unprecedented efforts to halve road fatalities by 2030. The milestone Stockholm Declaration recognizes the…

UNECE issues recommendations to unlock green and cost-saving potential of inland water transport

Scaling up the use of inland waterways can accelerate the decarbonisation of the transport sector, and offer a ‎sustainable complement to the shipping of goods by road and rail. Transport by water also improves safety, reliability ‎and reduces congestion. As a cost-…

La CEE-ONU émet des recommandations pour libérer le potentiel écologique et économique ‎des transports par voie navigable

La généralisation de l'utilisation des voies navigables peut accélérer la décarbonisation du secteur des transports et offrir un complément durable au transport de marchandises par route et par rail. Le transport par voie navigable améliore également la sécurité, la…

ЕЭК ООН публикует рекомендации по раскрытию экологичного и экономичного потенциала ‎перевозок по внутренним водным путям

Расширение использования внутренних водных путей может ускорить экологизацию транспортной отрасли и обеспечить устойчивое дополнение к перевозке грузов автомобильным и железнодорожным транспортом. Водный транспорт также повышает безопасность, надежность и уменьшает…

Regional Forum 2020: “We have a mountain to climb over the coming decade”‎

With only ten years left to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Regional Forum 2020 kickstarted the Decade of Action and Delivery in the UNECE region. Attracting more than 300 key stakeholders for a virtual meeting on 19 March, this year’s Regional…

In response to COVID-19, countries coordinate efforts to guarantee the delivery‎ ‎ of medical supplies, including oxygen

A variety of products used or produced daily by hospitals need to be handled and transported with special care because they are infectious, hazardous or radioactive substances. The United Nations have developed Recommendations for the Transport of Dangerous Goods to…

UNECE Recommendations help countries harness official statistics to ‎improve disaster response

Two stark trends are becoming ever-more present in today’s world: rapid urbanization, and a growing number and intensity of hazardous events related to climate change. The combination of these two forces makes for an increasing exposure to risk for people, the economy and…

UNECE launches Observatory on Border Crossings Status due to COVID-19 and calls ‎on all countries to ‎facilitate flow of goods to maximum extent possible

International movement and connectivity are facing unprecedented challenges as an increasing number of countries around the world close their borders and impose travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The patchwork of uncoordinated measures taken…

World Water Day 2020: how water and climate change are ‎inextricably linked and how UNECE instruments help

Water is crucial for climate change adaptation and mitigation, as well as health, hygiene, sustainable development and life. The global climate crisis is inextricably linked to water.: 90% of all disasters are water-related. Over two billion people live in countries…

Turkmenistan’s 2.2 million pledge to the Trees in Cities Challenge brings the initiative to ‎over 10 million trees

All over the world, mayors and local authorities are taking climate action through tree-planting in and around cities. The benefits of urban forests are plentiful: aside from filtering air pollutants, a single tree can absorb up to 150kg of CO2 per year, help regulate…

First UNECE regional report on SDGs shows some good progress and many gaps ‎

UNECE has today launched a first Regional report on progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This comes at a key juncture in the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda since its adoption in 2015, and will help to sharpen efforts as we enter the Decade of…

UNECE launches Dashboard to track regional progress on SDGs ‎

The Sustainable Development Goals’ globally-agreed framework of 232 indicators allows everyone—governments, researchers, civil society, business and beyond—to keep track of how our countries are progressing towards environmental, social and economic sustainability.

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