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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 “…

Glossary

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…

ITIO

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,…

Roads

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…

CIS WESP2023

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…

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…

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…

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…

eTIR

First eTIR transport takes place between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan paving the way to a digital era in international transport and transit

The first electronic TIR (eTIR) transport in line with the Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets (TIR Convention) has taken place between Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan. Four packages of dried and fresh fruits were transported first by truck and then by…

Fishing

UN/CEFACT standards strengthen support to sustainable fisheries

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) fishing represents up to 26 million tonnes of fish caught annually. It occurs on the high seas and in areas within national jurisdictions, especially affecting coastal rural populations in…

Barcelona, Spain

UN study on short-term rental housing highlights need to balance economic benefits with affordability and other challenges

A UNECE study on the sharing economy and its effects on housing markets shows how the massive emergence of temporary rental accommodation through platforms such as AirBnB has changed living habits in cities, and highlights a range of policy and regulatory approaches that can be taken to balance…

Mayor of Kharkiv and Norman Foster present the approach for the Kharkiv reconstruction master plan

Mayor of Kharkiv and Norman Foster present the approach for the Kharkiv reconstruction master plan

Ihor Terekhov, Mayor of Kharkiv, and Architect Norman Foster presented today details about the new Kharkiv reconstruction master plan approach. It will be based on five pilot projects, chosen in coordination with local residents, and will be developed based on 14 guiding principles discussed…

water holistically from source-to-sea

Breaking down silos: how to manage water holistically from source-to-sea

While freshwater and marine specialists have largely worked in silos, nature has always worked as one: the land, freshwater, and ocean ecosystems are closely interlinked and interdependent. So must be their management.  

Bringing together the freshwater and ocean communities, the Global…

Urban trees support global biodiversity and sustainable societies

Urban trees support global biodiversity and sustainable societies

During the past two weeks, over 10,000 delegates have attended the second part of the Conference of Parties (COP-15) of the UN Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) in Montreal, Canada, as they seek to agree on the post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework. Unsurprisingly, forests are at the…