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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…

Boreal forests at risk of losing their captured carbon, says new UNECE policy brief

Boreal forests at risk of losing their captured carbon, says new UNECE policy brief

Boreal forests are finally making the news. Also referred to as snow forests and taiga, they are the world’s largest land ecozone, spanning over Canada, China, Finland, Japan, Norway, Russian Federation, Sweden and the United States and constitute one of the planet’s largest carbon sinks,…

Niger - meeting with Water Convention secretariat

Le Lac Tchad bientôt couvert par le cadre juridique de la Convention sur l’eau grâce à la confirmation par le Niger de son souhait d’accéder à la Convention   

Aujourd’hui, à l’instar de plusieurs pays de la région, le Niger a confirmé officiellement son souhait d’accéder à Convention sur la protection et l’utilisation des cours d’eau transfrontières et des lacs internationaux, plus couramment appelée la Convention sur l’eau. Cette adhésion à venir…

Niger - meeting with Water Convention secretariat

Lake Chad soon to be covered by the legal framework of UN Water Convention thanks to Niger's confirmation of its desire to accede

Today, following the example of several countries in the region, Niger officially confirmed its desire to accede to the United Nations Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, more commonly known as the Water Convention. This upcoming accession…

Modern trains

New rules to facilitate financing and acquisition of railway rolling stock

UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC) today adopted the Model Rules on the Permanent Identification of Railway Rolling Stock, which will facilitate the financing and acquisition of railway rolling stock leading to a reduced cost for those wishing to invest in the railways.  

As the…

Thick smoke rises from landscape, showing environmental damage from the war in Ukraine

UNECE convenes inter-agency group to coordinate assessment of environmental damage in Ukraine

In response to the huge impacts on the environment of the war in Ukraine, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and partners including UNEP, OECD, UNDP, UNIDO, the World Bank and OSCE are joining forces though an inter-agency group to coordinate the assessment of…

ITC ministerial declaration

Fight against climate change at the centre of Ministerial Declaration adopted by UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee

Today as part of the annual session of UNECE's Inland Transport Committee (ITC), ministers from around the world adopted a Ministerial Declaration that calls for harnessing the full potential of inland transport solutions in the global fight against climate change. The declaration will give…

Launch of the 2023 UN Global Survey

Launch of the 2023 UN Global Survey on digital and sustainable trade facilitation

The fifth UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2023 has been launched by  the five United Nations Regional Commissions and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD). The 2023 edition consists of 60 measures, including two new sets of measures on “…


UNECE’s new Glossary for Inland Water Transport to ensure consistency of terminology and to facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation

UNECE’s new Glossary for Inland Water Transport provides a comprehensive list of terms and definitions used in the various fields of inland waterways, navigation and transport of goods and passengers by inland waterways.  

This trilingual publication in English, French and Russian…


UNECE and Islamic Development Bank launch the International Transport Infrastructure Observatory

UNECE and the Islamic Development Bank launched today the International Transport Infrastructure Observatory (ITIO), a web-based platform that hosts data on a large variety of transport infrastructure networks, including road, rail, inland waterways, ports, airports, intermodal terminals,…


UN Road Safety Fund launches 2023 call for proposals

The UN Road Safety Fund has issued its 2023 call for proposals, which will disburse USD 4 million to approved projects aimed at reducing road traffic fatalities. The call for proposals is open between 06 February 2023 and 03 April 2023 (23:59 CET).   

The duration of submitted projects…

Apartment building

UNECE launches biggest ever international effort to update guidance for censuses

In the largest ever effort of its kind, a multi-year UNECE project has kicked off to produce internationally agreed guidance and advice for conducting the next round of censuses, foreseen around 2030. 

Censuses and the information they…

HICP Inflation

Economic growth in Europe to slow sharply amid high inflation and rising interest rates, according to UN flagship report

Several economies may face a mild recession in 2023 even as risk of energy shortages this winter declines

Geneva, 25 January – The protracted war in Ukraine, elevated inflation and tighter monetary policies will weigh heavily on Europe’s economies this year, but growth is forecast to…


UN warns that near-term outlook for Commonwealth of Independent States and South- Eastern Europe remains fragile amid war in Ukraine and high geopolitical uncertainty

Geneva and Moscow, 25 January - The economic growth in the Commonwealth of Independent States and Georgia will contract in 2023, albeit by a smaller margin than was previously expected, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2023, which was launched today…

Arctic fox

UNECE issues biodiversity monitoring guidelines to help countries implement Kunming-Montreal framework

Updated guidance published today by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will help governments to strengthen biodiversity monitoring as a basis for sharpened biodiversity protection policies across all sectors. 

The guidance is the first of its kind to build on the…

Global coverage

Confluence of multiple crises unleashes one of the lowest global economic outputs in recent decades, according to UN flagship report

Stronger fiscal measures needed to resuscitate global economy and support development agenda

New York, 25 January – A series of severe and mutually reinforcing shocks — the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine and resulting food and energy crises, surging…

Synthetic data

Could synthetic data redefine the way we share statistical insights?

UNECE is releasing guidance to help producers of official statistics to produce synthetic data. 

Data creates value by guiding the decisions of governments, businesses and individuals. This value is often described in terms of the insights contained within these data, which can, among…

Walking and cycling in NL

Netherlands to host meetings of THE PEP partnerships on active mobility and sustainable tourism mobility

The upcoming meetings of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP) Partnership on Active Mobility and the Partnership on Sustainable Tourism Mobility will focus on challenges in promoting and developing policies for walking and cycling, as well as exchange views on…

UNECE recognizes the City Diplomacy Lab at Columbia Global Centers in Paris as a Centre of Excellence

UNECE recognizes the City Diplomacy Lab at Columbia Global Centers in Paris as a Centre of Excellence

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Columbia Global Centers | Paris (CGC|Paris), one of the ten global centres of Columbia University in New York City, signed a Memorandum of Understanding recognizing the City Diplomacy Lab at CGC|Paris as a UNECE Centre of Excellence…

Forum of Mayors

The Forum of Mayors is officially established at UNECE

Cities are at the forefront of the battle to address some of humanity’s most pressing challenges, from climate change to pandemics and disasters. As our world becomes more urbanized – with approximately 75% of the population of Europe and North America already residing in cities – these issues…