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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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UNECE Conference of European Statisticians begins partnership for statistics on children, adolescents and youth

The 2030 Agenda sets the ambitious objective of eliminating inequalities among people on the planet. Many factors are linked with inequalities —people’s income level, where they live, their gender, their ethnicity, and their age, to name a few.

UNECE calls for decisive action to close the Gender Pay Gap in the region

The gender pay gap remains a critical issue in all countries of the UNECE region. Although the gap has narrowed in most UNECE countries since 2012, it remains at 16% on average in hourly rates, and 21% in monthly earnings.

 

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Transport Ministers make united call for universal climate action

The effects of climate change on transport — from compromised infrastructure, to reduced access and connectivity, to poor road safety and beyond — are already being felt in every region of the world.

Improving the environmental performance of…

UNECE study maps transport infrastructure at high risk due to climate change in Pan-European region and Canada

From road and rail networks to ports, airports and inland waterways, critical transport resources are facing unprecedented threats from a climate which is already changing. Spain, for example, has just suffered the most powerful storms experienced in decades, destroying…

Montenegro becomes the 27th Party to the Protocol on Water and Health

Today, the Republic of Montenegro officially becomes the 27th Party to the Protocol on Water and Health, thus joining countries effectively working together within the framework of the Protocol to accelerate action on sustainable management of water resources and improve…

UN Road Safety Fund will finance 10 projects to address gaps in 12 ‎countries’ road safety systems

The UN Road Safety Fund has unveiled ten new projects that will target key gaps in the road safety systems of 12 countries. With a total budget of nearly USD 4 million, these projects will scale the Fund’s geographical and programmatic footprint in the coming months.

Special Envoy Jean Todt and UNECE issue urgent call for new road safety ‎paradigm for 2030 ‎

Over 3,700 people lose their lives on the world’s roads every single day, totalling a staggering 1.35 million fatalities each year. Road crashes are the leading cause of death for young people aged between 5 and 29, wiping out futures and destroying the lives of those…

Countries adopt legal provisions for the full computerisation of the TIR Convention

Countries have adopted provisions providing the legal basis for the paperless operation of the United Nations TIR Convention (the so-called eTIR) - the only global customs transit system, facilitating trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders.…

UNECE welcomes Kazakhstan’s accession to the Protocol on Pollutant ‎Release and Transfer Registers

On 27 January 2020, Kazakhstan acceded to the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention),…

UNECE Regional Forum 2020: Kickstarting the Decade of Action to deliver the SDGs by 2030‎

What are the critical actions driving sustainable change? Gathering at the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development on 19-20 March 2020, policy makers and other key actors from the region will kickstart the Decade of Action and boost their efforts to deliver the…

UNECE endorses stringent new vehicle emissions regulation ‎

Consumers need to be confident in car manufacturers’ emissions information when choosing which new model to buy. UNECE will make it easier for countries around the world to implement state of the art emissions test procedures with a new UN Regulation featuring the…

UN projects growth to pick up in the CIS and remain ‎stable in South-Eastern Europe

Policy easing will likely support growth in the CIS, but downside risks are high

Against a backdrop of a challenging external environment, growth in the CIS is projected to pick up, while remaining…

UN finds that prospects for economic growth in 2020 ‎hinge on reducing trade disputes and uncertainty

1 in 5 countries will see per capita incomes stagnate or decline this year

Impacted by prolonged trade disputes, the global economy suffered its lowest growth in a decade, slipping to 2.3 per cent in 2019.  The world,…

D’après l’ONU, les perspectives de croissance économique ‎pour l’année 2020 dépendent de la résorption des ‎différends commerciaux et des incertitudes

Cette année, les revenus par habitant devraient stagner ou baisser dans 1 pays sur 5

Minée par des différends commerciaux prolongés, l’économie mondiale a enregistré sa croissance la plus faible en une décennie, baissant à 2,3 pour cent en 2019. Cependant, d’…