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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…

UN report warns Europe and North America on course for sustained damage from air pollution to health, ecosystems, food production and climate in absence of strengthened measures

UN report warns Europe and North America on course for sustained damage from air pollution to health, ecosystems, food production and climate in absence of strengthened measures

A new report on the effectiveness of international cooperation on cleaner air in the framework of the UNECE Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention) shows that while emission reductions have been achieved, countries in the Pan-European region and North America are…

Coral reef

Executive secretaries of UN commissions issue joint statement to enshrine biodiversity protection in all their activities

The world’s biodiversity is being lost at an unprecedented rate, with one million animal and plant species now threatened with extinction. 

Biodiversity and ecosystem services are of critical importance in underpinning the fight against poverty, supporting inclusive sustainable economic…

UNECE issues study to guide use of novel data sources for measuring migration

UNECE issues study to guide use of novel data sources for measuring migration

To help countries and researchers meet the complex challenges of measuring people on the move, UNECE has today released a study on the use of new data sources for measuring international migration, ahead of the International Migrants Day (18 December).

Migration is an emotive topic that…

UNECE to host the “Transport Data Commons” - a global open database on the transport sector’s CO2 emissions

UNECE to host the “Transport Data Commons” - a global open database on the transport sector’s CO2 emissions

With current policies in place, the transport sector’s CO2 emissions will grow almost 20% by 2050 according to the International Transport Forum Transport Outlook, and even more in developing countries. Many stakeholders working to mitigate greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport need, use…

Available air pollution reduction measures far cheaper than costs of damage to health, ecosystems and economy, confirms UN report

Available air pollution reduction measures far cheaper than costs of damage to health, ecosystems and economy, confirms UN report

New research on the Costs of Inaction on air pollution reveals that in nearly half (26) of 56 countries in the Pan-European region and North America, the current monetary damage cost to health, ecosystems and the economy due to ambient air pollution corresponds to over 5 per cent of GDP. In at…

UNECE standards contribute to new EU Single Window regulation

UNECE standards contribute to new EU Single Window regulation

Through recommendations of its subsidiary body, the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT), UNECE has contributed to the elaboration of the new regulation that establishes the European Union Single Window Environment for Customs. 

The new…

Panama steps closer to joining UN Water Convention, aiming to strengthen transboundary water cooperation in Central America

Panamá, más cerca de adherirse al Convenio del Agua de la ONU, con el objetivo de reforzar la cooperación en materia de aguas transfronterizas en Centroamérica

Panamá ha dado un nuevo paso en su proceso de adhesión al Convenio sobre la Protección y Utilización de los Cursos de Agua Transfronterizos y de los Lagos Internacionales (Convenio del Agua) con la organización de un taller nacional los días 6 y 7 de diciembre, que reunió a más de 60 partes…

Panama steps closer to joining UN Water Convention, aiming to strengthen transboundary water cooperation in Central America

Panama steps closer to joining UN Water Convention, aiming to strengthen transboundary water cooperation in Central America

A new step was taken by Panama in its process to join the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) with the organization of a national workshop on 6-7 December, which gathered more than 60 stakeholders to identify priorities…

Coalition launches to strengthen commitment to transboundary water cooperation

Coalition launches to strengthen commitment to transboundary water cooperation 

With water stress on the rise in shared river basins and aquifers, over 30 governments and organizations decide to join forces to push for greater cross-border water cooperation. 

This year's terrible floods and droughts in almost all corners of the planet illustrate the critical…

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Interest in UN Framework Classification for Resources heats up in geothermal community

A UN Framework to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of energy resource management is sparking significant interest from geothermal experts, signaling strong potential to unlock its contribution to climate action and sustainable development. 

The United Nations Framework…

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Europe and North America must step up to make COP-15 a historic push for biodiversity

Global biodiversity is now declining faster than at any time in human history. As leaders gather for the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15, 7-19 December), UNECE calls for the region to urgently step up with the leadership needed to stop biodiversity…

Special Envoy for Road Safety Meets with Belgian and EU Officials in Brussels

Special Envoy for Road Safety Meets with Belgian and EU Officials in Brussels

The United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Mr. Jean Todt, will be in Brussels on 8-9 December to advocate for the effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 with the aim of halving the number of victims on the road by…

twelfth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention

Marking 30 years of progress, Parties to the Industrial Accidents Convention gear up to address risks from climate change, natural hazards and the green energy transition

“Within three decades, work under the Industrial Accidents Convention has been transformative for the UNECE region, enhancing the protection for humans and the environment and making it an example for transboundary cooperation on accident prevention and preparedness, which can serve as…

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Tanzania joining UN Water Conventions could open opportunities for stronger transboundary cooperation in East Africa – for sustainable development, climate action and peace

The United Republic of Tanzania, which shares seven out of its nine river/lake basins with neighboring countries, is taking an important step towards stronger cross-border cooperation for sustainable water management by advancing its accession to the Convention on the Protection and Use of…

Pedestrian crossing road

UNECE adopts two new regulations to improve the safety of vulnerable road users

The limited ability of drivers to detect and see correctly pedestrians in close proximity of their vehicle is a key cause of accidents, both for cars and light vehicles, and for heavy duty vehicles. Two new UN regulations adopted recently by UNECE’s World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle…

Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders under the Aarhus Conventoin, Michel Forst

UN Special Rapporteur on Environmental Defenders presents his vision for mandate to ensure protection under the Aarhus Convention

“Environmental defenders continue to be exposed to significant risks of penalisation, persecution, harassment and even killings. And these risks do not spare the geographical area of the Aarhus Convention, where environmental defenders are facing reprisals, a shrinking civic space, restrictive…