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UN Road Safety Fund launches global campaign on the #1 cause of death for children

UN Road Safety Fund launches global campaign on the #1 cause of death for children

We are facing a global road safety crisis – and it is hitting children above the age of five years old the hardest.

On World Children’s Day, Sunday 20 November, the UN Road Safety Fund launched the second edition of its #moments2live4 global campaign to inform citizens worldwide about…

tracking of goods across complex supply chains

UN/CEFACT develops a new international standard to improve tracking of goods across complex supply chains

In today’s globalized economy, goods move through complex supply chains and cross borders – often numerous times, which involves multifaceted interactions among a variety of suppliers and trade actors. The COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine have brought to light the challenges of supply…

Copper Mine

Raw materials community calls for widespread implementation of UN Framework Classification for Resources

At EU Raw Materials Week, European decision-makers have joined calls for governments to further implement the UN frameworks on sustainable resource management. Given the climate emergency and the urgent need for profound low-carbon transitions, there is a rapidly growing demand for critical raw…

UN forum Kazakhstan

UN forum looks to support Central Asian economies buffeted by continued pandemic and geopolitical crisis

Representatives of Central Asian countries are in Kazakhstan this week to discuss how to work closely together to grow their economies, which have been buffeted by the continued COVID-19 pandemic and geopolitical crisis, in a sustained, greener manner while also taking advantage of advances in…

MoP6 Protocol on Water and Health

Pan-European countries come together to tackle rising climate risks to water and sanitation at heart of COVID-19 recovery

How can the universal rights to water and sanitation be achieved in a region, which according to the latest World Meteorological Organization report, is heating up faster than anywhere else in the world? How can increasing the resilience of water and sanitation infrastructures be reflected in…

Steel works

COP27: UN report shows pathways to carbon-neutrality in “energy intensive” steel, chemicals and cement industries

The United Nations has warned the world will fall short on the 1.5-degree C average increase in temperatures target without rapid and large-scale action to tackle greenhouse gas emissions from the energy intensive industries, which account for about 25% of total CO2 emissions globally and 66% of…

Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East

UN to support the new Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Climate Initiative

The 18 countries in the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, which are home to some 450 million inhabitants, are particularly vulnerable to climate change. Under a “business as usual” scenario, they risk facing a 5°C increase in the mean annual temperature by the end of the century, which…


Ensuring a sustainable supply of critical raw materials is essential for achieving low-carbon energy transition

The world is in the midst of a deep energy crisis and in need of urgent energy transition. However, this transition cannot happen without massive quantities of critical raw materials (CRMs) needed to deploy the low-carbon technologies required for climate change mitigation and…

Open pit mining

COP27: UNECE presents UN-approved system for natural resources management to support low-carbon transition

Heatwaves and droughts are drying rivers and freshwater sources, spreading desertification and accelerating soil erosion. Food production is under severe threat everywhere, raising the spectre of famine and mass starvation. As nature gasps for survival, people scramble to get hold of diminishing…

Lake in Lithuania

UNECE @ COP27: Strengthened cooperation between countries key to successful climate change actions and ensuring water security

Speaking at two events on water security at COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh today, UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova stressed the importance of cooperation between countries for successful climate change policies and actions, especially when it comes to addressing water security. Impacts of…

Wood Burning Stove

Wood energy on the rise in Europe

For many people in economically well-developed countries of the UNECE region a wood stove or fireplace used to be a cosy way to heat a room in the cold season. This winter, however, the role of wood energy may dramatically change for many people out of sheer necessity.

A large part of…

DR Water Convention

Dominican Republic is the first country in Latin America and the Caribbean to consider joining the United Nations Water Convention

The Dominican Republic has taken important steps to ensure the sustainability of its natural resources through better conservation, management and sustainable use of its transboundary waters. The Dominican Government undertook a process to accede to the United Nations Water Convention.

DR Water Convention

República Dominicana es el primer país de América Latina y el Caribe con intención de adherirse al Convenio del Agua de Naciones Unidas

República Dominicana ha dado pasos importantes para asegurar la sostenibilidad de sus recursos naturales a través de una mejor conservación, gestión y uso sostenible de sus aguas transfronterizas. El Gobierno dominicano emprendió un proceso para adherirse al Convenio del Agua de Naciones Unidas…

The Chari/Shari river, the natural border between Chad and Cameroon

Cameroon becomes 6th African country to join the UN Water Convention in boost for cooperation on shared waters

Cameroon became the 47th Party to the United Nations Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) following the approval of accession at the highest level by the Cameroon President on 7 July 2022 and the deposit on 1 November 2022…

The Chari/Shari river, the natural border between Chad and Cameroon

Le Cameroun devient le 6ème pays africain à adhérer à la Convention des Nations Unies sur l'eau et donne ainsi un coup de pouce à la coopération sur les eaux partagées

Le Cameroun est devenu la 47ème partie à la Convention des Nations Unies sur la protection et l'utilisation des cours d'eau transfrontaliers et des lacs internationaux (Convention sur l'eau) après l’approbation de l’adhésion au plus haut niveau par le Chef de l’Etat du Cameroun le 7 juillet 2022…

Park with Cityscape behind it

The 80th Committee on Forests and the Forestry Industry opens with opportunities for bringing nature back into our cities.

As cities grow, urban planners and city administrators face daily challenges in maintaining healthy, sustainable, liveable, and resilient urban environments capable of contributing to a good quality of life for city dwellers.  

The 80th Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the…

Baku high level conference on information exchange in supply chains

United Nations standards support the digital transformation of information exchange in supply chains in Central Asia

The countries of Central Asia and Azerbaijan, which participate in the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), have a growing shared interest in  promoting trade and transport facilitation and strengthening digital connectivity along trade corridors between Europe and…

Opencast mine in Shanxi Province, China

UN Framework Classification for Resources makes significant step towards practical application in China

The Ministry of Natural Resources of the People’s Republic of China has a long-standing cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe to promote the harmonization, development and connectivity of global solid mineral and petroleum classification standards. 


Opencast mine in Shanxi Province, China





UNFC Guidance Europe

United Nations Framework Classification for Resources Guidance for Europe gains expert approval

Guidance for the Application of the United Nations Framework Classification (UNFC) for Mineral and Anthropogenic Resources in Europe (UNFC Guidance Europe) was approved by international experts meeting in Geneva and online for the 13th session of the Expert Group on Resource Management. The…