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Aarhus Convention Compliance Committee makes clear that the COVID-19 pandemic cannot justify any restriction of the public’s rights to information, participation and justice in environmental matters

On 2 September 2020, the Compliance Committee to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) adopted a statement on the application of the Aarhus Convention both during…

UNECE study explores new frontiers for censuses: changes ahead but will remain core of informed decision-making

The UNECE Steering Group on Population and Housing Censuses, a group of 20 census experts representing 17 countries and international organizations, has released a study, New Frontiers for Censuses Beyond 2020, exploring the new challenges and opportunities for censuses in…

UNECE guidance for the energy efficiency and renewables sector will support small businesses to drive the green recovery

Micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are among the worst hit financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. They represent over 90 percent of all companies in most countries in the UNECE region and are responsible for over half of GDP. Therefore, the economic recovery…

We must not wait for the next ammonium nitrate blast - solutions exist to improve safety

On Tuesday 4 August, a huge warehouse explosion in the port area of Beirut left over 135 people dead, 5,000 injured, 100 missing and 300,000 homeless, according to media reports. The explosions appear to have been caused by tons of ammonium nitrate.

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UNECE/FAO studies contribute to sustainable management of precious forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) rarely make international headlines and are often overlooked in global debates on forest preservation and sustainable management. Nevertheless, these…

Forest area in UNECE region continues to increase, says FAO report, but greater efforts needed to protect these fragile ecosystems

The world has lost around 420 million hectares of forest to other land uses since 1990, with an annual rate of deforestation estimated at 10 million hectares over the last five years, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) said in its 2020…

UNECE/FAO studies contribute to sustainable management of precious forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) rarely make international headlines and are often overlooked in global debates on forest preservation and sustainable management.…

Исследования ЕЭК ООН/ФАО вносят вклад в устойчивое управление ценными лесами Кавказа и Центральной Азии

Леса Кавказа и Центральной Азии (Армения, Азербайджан, Грузия, Казахстан, Кыргызстан, Таджикистан, Туркменистан и Узбекистан) редко попадают на передовицы международных изданий, их часто забывают во время всемирного обсуждения сохранения и устойчивого развития лесов. При…

UN Road Safety Fund to adjust its 2020 Call for Proposals to a world transformed by Covid-19

The UN Road Safety Fund’s 2020 call for Proposals will be partially connected with the changing priorities of governments as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic with respect to building better and safer mobility. This was decided by the Fund’s Advisory Board at its fourth…

Expanding E-government in Europe and Central Asia

E-government has a key role to play in achieving the SDGs. Governments in the UNECE region are using tools like ICTs, big data, artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve public services, empower citizens and ultimately provide a better quality of life. The…

Enhancing transboundary water cooperation is crucial for accelerating progress ‎towards SDG6: UNECE commits to help closing the current governance gap ‎

“Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water and sanitation for all is badly off track. This is hindering progress on the 2030 Agenda, the realization of human rights and the achievement of peace and security around the world.  Water and sanitation cut across all three…

UNECE publishes guide to measuring the economic value of ‎education and training

Education brings many benefits, among them economic ones: the knowledge and capacities obtained by students and trainees allow them to contribute productively, with the advanced skills needed to fuel our modern economies that rely on specialized services and technologies.…

UNECE to share action to accelerate SDGs delivery at High-level Political Forum

Taking place from 7-16 July 2020, the High-level Political Forum is the central annual platform of the United Nations for reviewing successes, challenges and lessons learned on achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The theme this year will be "Accelerated…

Ghana pushes forward cross-border water cooperation in Africa by joining UN Conventions

On 22 June 2020, Ghana became the 3rd African country (44th Party) to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), serviced by UNECE, and the 37th Party to the Convention on the Law of the Non…

Le Ghana fait progresser la coopération transfrontalière dans le domaine de l'eau en Afrique ‎en adhérant aux conventions des Nations unies

Au 22 juin 2020, le Ghana est devenu le troisième pays africain (44ème partie) à adhérer à la Convention sur la protection et l'utilisation des cours d'eau transfrontières et des lacs internationaux (Convention sur l'eau), dont le secrétariat est assuré par la CEE-ONU, et…

UN Regulation on Automated Lane Keeping Systems is milestone for safe introduction of ‎automated vehicles in traffic ‎

Some 60 countries have reached a milestone in mobility with the adoption of a United Nations Regulation that will allow for the safe introduction of automated vehicles in certain traffic environments.

The UN Regulation establishes strict…

UN Regulations on Cybersecurity and Software Updates to pave the way for mass roll out of ‎connected vehicles ‎

The automotive sector is undergoing a profound transformation with the digitalization of in-car systems that are necessary to deliver vehicle automation, connectivity and shared mobility. Today, cars contain up to 150 electronic control units and about 100 million lines of…

Les Nations unies adoptent deux règlements clés pour le déploiement des véhicules ‎connectés, sur la cybersécurité et les mises à jour de logiciels ‎

Le secteur automobile connaît une profonde transformation avec la numérisation des systèmes embarqués qui sont nécessaires à l'automatisation des véhicules, la connectivité et la mobilité partagée. Aujourd'hui, les voitures contiennent jusqu'à 150 unités de contrôle…

Dos Reglamentos de Naciones Unidas sobre Ciberseguridad y Actualizaciones de Software ‎preparan el terreno para la introducción masiva de vehículos conectados

El sector automovilístico está experimentando una profunda transformación con la digitalización de los sistemas instalados en los vehículos, que son necesarios para la automatización, la conectividad y la movilidad compartida. Hoy en día, los coches contienen hasta 150…

Six United Nations statistical offices work together to support countries in managing the COVID-19 pandemic

As the world tackles the spread of COVID-19 and its unprecedented impacts on economies, societies and the environment, we are all stepping into unknown territory. Everybody, from politicians to parents, from newly unemployed workers to nurses, from supermarket cashiers to…