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UN Road Safety Fund opens 2019 Call for Proposals

Poor road safety is a key sustainable development issue that affects each and every one of us, but is yet to be matched by global-scale funding mobilization. The UN Road Safety Fund aims to address this gap and has opened its first formal call for project proposals.

UNECE Forum of Mayors will strengthen engagement with local authorities to deliver on 2030 Agenda

Local authorities are on the front line in addressing some of today’s most pressing sustainability challenges, including climate change, environmental degradation, social inclusion and mobility. However, despite their responsibility for actions affecting citizens’ lives…

Entry into force of amended Gothenburg Protocol is landmark for clean air and climate action

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year according to WHO data. It is by far the world’s largest single environmental health risk and a leading cause of death by cancer. Air pollution is also closely linked to climate change and is a major cause of environmental…

Renewed cooperation on environmental security in the UNECE region

Peacefully resolving the overriding political, economic and social concerns of our time requires a multifaceted approach. This includes mechanisms to address the links between the natural environment and human security. Building up on over a decade of successful…

Belarus advances on sustainable housing and land management, but further efforts needed to enhance energy efficiency and ensure affordability for all

Belarus has made considerable progress in implementing sustainable housing and land management policies over the last decade, but targeted efforts will be required to address remaining challenges, according to a new UNECE report.

The Second…

UNECE and City of Trondheim, Norway, join forces for smart and sustainable urban development with new Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence

UNECE and the Norwegian City of Trondheim have agreed to establish a Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence to advance sustainable housing as a foundation for urban development. This is the fifth Centre to be created by UNECE.

The Geneva UN…

UNECE issues updated Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets

The global financial crisis of 2008 was the result of inadequate regulation of financial and real estate markets. Real estate bubbles were allowed to inflate, mortgage lending was inadequately supervised, the financial markets were allowed to develop complex financial…

UNECE guidance to reduce emissions of methane from abandoned coal mines will support climate action

Methane is a powerful short-lived climate pollutant. It is also the main precursor of tropospheric ozone (O3). Over a 20-year period, methane’s effect on global warming is 84 times greater than carbon dioxide. Fossil fuel production, including coal mining, accounts for 29%…

Improved water management is crucial for climate action – UN-Water policy brief

Water management must play a central role in adapting to the worst effects of climate change and reducing greenhouse gases, according to a new UN-Water Policy Brief.

Released in the context of the Climate Action Summit and the opening of the…

New call to bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia by 2030

Caused by human activity and bio-physical factors, the degradation of land and ecosystems, exacerbated by climate change, is one of the greatest challenges facing Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia.

Desertification affects 8% of the…

UNECE issues recommendations to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy shift in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russian Federation

The global climate emergency cannot be addressed without the rapid transformation of the energy system. Accelerating the shift to renewable energy sources and dramatically improving energy efficiency will play a crucial role. 

On the day of…

UNECE and Mayors launch Trees in Cities Challenge to scale up climate action in urban areas

Urban areas are responsible for an estimated 75% of C02 emissions worldwide, making city-level action critical for global efforts to address the climate emergency. Mayors and other key urban leaders can play a pivotal role in localizing climate action, with immediate…

UNECE, Eurostat and International Transport Forum improve comparability of transport statistics

For any evidence-based transport and sustainable mobility policy, producing relevant transport statistics that are timely, accurate and impartial is necessary. For instance, with 1.35 million people dying in road traffic accidents each year, there is much interest in…

UNECE and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance launch International Centre of Excellence on High Performance Buildings

UNECE and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance (GBA) signed an agreement launching Pittsburgh’s International Centre of Excellence on High Performance Buildings. Pittsburgh joins New York City’s Building Energy Exchange as the 2nd Centre of Excellence in a global network…

Safety at core of new Framework to guide UN regulatory work on autonomous vehicles

Autonomous vehicles are expected to bring enormous benefits to society in terms of enhanced mobility and increased safety. However, these benefits will only materialise if autonomous technologies are introduced in a transparent manner and based on the best global…

UN Road Safety Fund to launch its first formal call for proposals

Following the third session of its Advisory Board, held in Geneva on 3 September 2019, the UN Road Safety Fund will be launching its first formal call for project proposals.

The Fund will disburse USD 4 million to finance selected projects…

UNECE becomes strategic partner of the 2021 World Water Forum in Dakar

Political authorities and water stakeholders from all over the world will gather in Dakar in March 2021 for the ninth World Water Forum under the theme "Water Security for Peace and Development". The Forum, co-organized by the Government of Senegal and the World Water…

UNECE devient partenaire stratégique du Forum mondial de l'eau 2021 à Dakar

Les autorités politiques et les acteurs de l'eau du monde entier se réuniront à Dakar en mars 2021 pour le neuvième Forum mondial de l'eau sous le thème " La sécurité de l'eau pour la paix et le développement ". Le Forum, co-organisé par le gouvernement du Sénégal et le…

UNFC solar energy specifications open for public comment

Renewable energy-based electric generating capacity is rapidly growing and is expected to deliver up to 30 per cent of the world’s power demand by 2023. Solar energy will significantly contribute to this growth and play a major role in the energy mix of the future. To…

UNECE to further support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen environmental assessment through USD 2.6m EU-funded initiative

UNECE will support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to further enhance strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA) to prevent and mitigate damage to the environment and health…