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Study confirms ecosystems more sensitive to nitrogen pollution than previously assumed

Ecosystems such as forests, heaths and surface waters are more sensitive to atmospheric nitrogen pollution than previously thought, according to a new report published by the Coordination Centre for Effects under the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention). …

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Leaving no child behind: UNECE Guidance helps countries close data gaps on vulnerable children

New Guidance from UNECE, Statistics on Children: Spotlight on children exposed to violence, in alternative care, and with disabilities, published today, will support countries in producing statistics on children in the most vulnerable situations.  

There is an evident global consensus…

Forests photo contest

From Woodland to Woodwork: a photo contest to mark 75 years of UNECE support to sustainable forest management

On the occasion of United Nations Economic Commission for Europe’s 75th anniversary, the Joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section is launching a photo contest in partnership with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) on the theme of “From woodland to woodwork: a photo contest to mark 75 years…

Pre-COP27 regional Forum

Pre-COP27 UNECE Regional Forum warns action urgently needed on sustainable financing and use of Critical Raw Materials

Without scaled-up efforts to finance and sustainably manage the Critical Raw Materials needed for a rapid renewables and clean energy shift, countries of the pan-European region and North America will face huge challenges to deliver on the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals, the…

Executive Secretary participates in Russian Energy Week to advocate for decarbonization in the UNECE region ahead of COP27

UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova took part in a panel discussion at the Russian Energy Week today aimed at fostering international cooperation on hydrogen (H2). 

Hydrogen offers the prospect to decarbonize the energy sector and large sectors of the economy. The shift to a…

Executive Secretary with Ihor Korhovyi, Ukraine's Deputy Minister of communities and territories development and Serhii Komnatnyi, Chair of state housing agency

Executive Secretary visits Kyiv to discuss UNECE support to Ukraine reconstruction

UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova was in Kyiv on Sunday 9 and Monday 10 October to meet with Government officials to discuss UNECE support to the reconstruction of Ukraine. Since the start of the war, upon official requests for assistance from the government, UNECE has been providing…

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9th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference closes with strong commitment to policy action for sustainable infrastructure and tourism

The 9th Environment for Europe Ministerial Conference closed today in Nicosia, Cyprus, with the adoption of a ministerial declaration affirming countries’ commitment to transition to a green economy with sustainable infrastructure at its core.  

The declaration also calls on countries to…

Camp for refugees in Poland

Despite huge solidarity with Ukraine’s refugees, cities in Eastern Europe and beyond cannot shoulder burden alone, warn UN talks

With over 7.6 million refugees from Ukraine recorded across Europe since the start of the war, cities in neighbouring countries and beyond have welcomed Ukrainian refugees with solidarity and dignity, Mayors and representatives of major host cities in countries including Hungary, Moldova, Poland…

The Cover of The Seventh Pan-European Environmental Assessment

UN urges Europe to boost environmental ambition to fight planetary crisis

New assessment reveals progress on air quality and protected areas, but calls for urgent action to tackle emissions, waste, pollution and biodiversity loss 

A circular economy and sustainable infrastructure offer solutions 

Despite progress in certain areas, governments in…

Planting Trees

75-tree forest planted for UNECE in San Marino to promote sustainable cities for current and future generations

75 years ago, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) started working on forests. Today, we recognize their enormous potential not only for humans, fauna, flora, and the environment, but also for cities. In an urbanizing world, the contribution of forests to cleaning our air…

Signature of Principles of San Marino Declaration

United Nations urges architects, engineers and city shapers to put sustainability principles into action

Countries have taken a step to translate rising commitment for sustainable urban development into concrete changes to the fabric of our cities with the adoption of a UN-backed Declaration.   

Today, governments attending the 83rd session of the UNECE Committee on Urban Development,…


UNECE to develop international hydrogen classification system

If business as usual continues greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are projected to rise, leading to a median global warming of 3.2°C by 2100. Deep and quick decarbonization of heavy industries is needed, and sustainable hydrogen could be the key ingredient.  

Hydrogen is already strongly…

carbon neutrality

Carbon neutrality by 2050 is still achievable despite energy crisis, according to new UN report

Bold and sustained action must start now and maximize the use of all low- and zero-carbon technologies if we are to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, warns the Roadmap to carbon neutrality for Europe, North America, and Central Asia released today by UNECE in the lead up to critical climate…

2022 renewable energy report cover page

Breakthrough growth in renewables in South-East and Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia must be accelerated to end fossil dependency and boost energy security

Renewables and energy efficiency offer an opportunity for a secure and sovereign energy supply in the region, find REN21 and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in their latest regional status report.  

The region has seen an unprecedented growth in renewable…

2022 renewable energy report cover page

Прорывной рост возобновляемой энергетики в странах Юго-Восточной и Восточной Европы, Кавказа и Центральной Азии, должен быть ускорен, чтобы положить конец зависимости от ископаемого топлива и обеспечить энергетическую безопасность

Возобновляемые источники энергии и энергоэффективность открывают возможности надежного и независимого энергоснабжения - к такому заключению пришли REN21 и Европейская Экономическая Комиссия ООН (ЕЭК ООН) в региональном докладе о состоянии возобновляемой энергетики за 2022 год.  


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Queensland, Australia, is first jurisdiction to legislate application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources to Geothermal energy

The application of the UN’s flagship framework for sustainable resource classification (UNFC) reached a new milestone with the decision by Queensland, Australia, to legislate application of UNFC to geothermal energy. 

Queensland’s Geothermal Energy Regulation 2022 includes the UNFC…

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Managing Risk for Post-Pandemic Trade: UNECE and ITC launch a Guide for Border Regulators

Border control agencies are faced with limited resources. Streamlining risk management at the border and applying a risk-based approach to target high-risk movements of goods can help to address this challenge. Risk management can also be a tool to facilitate the clearance process during…


Michelangelo Pistoletto launches a message of peace with symbolic sculpture in Kharkiv

In support of the mayor of Kharkiv’s desire to rebuild his city and send a signal recovery to his citizens and the world, renowned artist Michelangelo Pistoletto will offer Kharkiv a “rebirth” sculpture.

The artist, through his foundation, had already realized an…


UNECE continues to mobilise international architects to help Ukrainian cities build back better

UNECE has mobilised international architects to help the city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine’s ninth largest city, develop a forward-looking, people-centred master plan for building back better. This work will be led by One Works, a global design and architecture company, in collaboration with Ukrainian…

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UNECE to review the environmental performance of Mauritania

Due to the increasing popularity of the UNECE Environmental Performance Review (EPR) Programme, the Government of Mauritania has asked the UNECE secretariat to review the country’s environmental performance. On 10–11 August 2022, the EPR Programme Manager met in Nouakchott with Ministry of…