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UNECE publishes guidance to strengthen independence and legal protection of national statistical systems

Official statistics are an indispensable element of the information system of democratic societies, serving governments, economies and the public with data that can help them understand and make decisions about the economy, the population, society and the environment. An…

UNECE and European Commission report on Active Ageing highlights strongest progress for women

Today, almost 98 million people in the EU-28 are aged 65 years and over - some 19.2 per cent of the total population. With this share set to continue rising over the coming decades, ensuring “active ageing” through healthy and independent living and maximising older…

UNECE names top 10 environmental achievements of Kazakhstan and the country’s top 10 environmental priorities for the future

The Third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Kazakhstan, launched in Nur-Sultan on World Environment Day (5 June 2019), highlights the successes of Kazakhstan in improving its environmental policy over the past decade and provides recommendations to the country for…

ЕЭК ООН назвала «десятку» главных экологических достижений Казахстана и «десятку» основных экологических приоритетов на будущее

Третий Обзор результативности экологической деятельности (ОРЭД) Казахстана, итоги которого были представлены в Нур-Султане во Всемирный день окружающей среды (5 июня 2019 г.), говорит об успехах Казахстана в улучшении экологической политики за последние десять лет и…

Azerbaijan brings degraded land restoration commitments in Caucasus and Central Asia to 3 million ha

Azerbaijan has announced it will restore 170,000 ha of degraded lands by 2030, and an additional 100,000 ha conditional upon receiving funding, under the Bonn Challenge. The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 350 million ha of degraded and deforested land into…

Armenia to diversify exports and advance towards knowledge economy with help of UNECE recommendations

The Armenian economy is undergoing significant structural changes. Services are playing an increasingly important role, rising from around 46 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2012 to around 53 per cent in 2018, driven by information and communication technology (ICT),…

UNFC wind energy standards released for public comment until 21 July 2019

The renewable energy industry has grown significantly in the last few decades, and today, supplies almost a fifth of total primary energy demand. The contribution of renewables at large, especially wind energy, will continue to rise over the coming years. In 2018, 171…

UNECE’s new recommendation on fuel quality will help countries to reduce air pollution

Fuel quality is key to deliver on sustained low emissions from cars, as both cleaner fuels and advanced emission control systems are needed to deliver on cleaner tailpipe emissions.

Since the 1980s, UN Vehicle Regulations have enforced the…

UNECE and FAO issue guidelines to develop national forest monitoring systems

Many communities around the world rely heavily on healthy forests for the social, economic and environmental benefits they bring.

But without the required skills and capacities to monitor and measure the status of forests, they cannot…

UNECE adopts recommendation on sustainable procurement to advance responsible business practices

Public procurement alone represents 15-20% of global GDP, while procurement commitments under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Public Procurement (GPA) have been estimated at around EUR 1.3 trillion. This is enormous purchasing power that can drive investment…

Kazakhstan could play key transport logistics role for rising Euro-Asian trade: UN report

Improving the competitiveness of Kazakhstan as a transport logistics centre at the crossroads of Europe and Asia could enable the country to unlock significant untapped benefits of growing cargo flows between the two continents.

For this, it…

The five United Nations Regional Commissions to work together to make PPP ‘fit for purpose’ for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Those hoping to see increased cooperation between the public and private sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were given a boost on Wednesday 7 May to 8 May when the Heads of the UN Regional Commissions decided to share a platform and give their…

UN/CEFACT recommendation to help scale up private sector successes in streamlining international trade

Streamlining border crossing and helping traders to access international markets can provide significant stimulus to national economies. A Single Window for international trade is the ideal solution to achieving this; however, fostering the cooperation between government…

UNECE and over 50 standards bodies sign Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards

Women are widely under-represented in developing the standards that affect so many areas of our lives, from the infrastructure on which economies depend, to the products we consume every day and the technologies needed to address a wide range of sustainability challenges…

La CEE-ONU et plus d’une cinquantaine d’organismes de normalisation signent la Déclaration sur les normes et l’élaboration des normes tenant compte des questions de genre

Les femmes sont largement sous-représentées dans l'élaboration des normes qui touchent tant de domaines de notre vie, depuis les infrastructures dont dépendent les économies jusqu'aux produits de consommation courante et aux technologies nécessaires pour relever un large…

Amendment to UN agreement will help more countries ensure safe transport of dangerous goods

Far too many accidents involving the transport of dangerous goods still occur in countries all around the world. Recent incidents among the dozens recorded every month include the explosion last week of an overturned petrol tanker in Niamey, Niger, that killed 58 people,…

Un amendement à l'accord de l'ONU aidera davantage de pays à assurer la sécurité du transport des marchandises dangereuses

Trop d'accidents impliquant le transport de marchandises dangereuses se produisent encore dans le monde entier, puisque l’on en recense plusieurs dizaines chaque mois.  On peut citer l'explosion la semaine dernière d'un camion-citerne transportant du pétrole qui s’est…

UNECE and FAO take stock of the state of forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia in first ever study

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia are vital in fighting erosion and desertification in the harsh climates of the region. They host a rich biodiversity and provide livelihoods for the rural population, who have few other sources of revenue. These forests also…

As Europe races ahead with electric vehicles, UN Framework helps manage critical raw materials for batteries

Country after country in Europe is racing to put more and more electric cars on the road as Europe strives to position itself as a world leader in electric vehicle innovation, digitization and decarbonization. If electric vehicles are going to feature so prominently in a…

Member States underscore value of UNECE’s integrated support for 2030 Agenda implementation in the region

Fifty-six member States from Europe, North America and Central Asia have come together to reaffirm their commitment to harnessing UNECE as a key platform for cooperation to advance progress towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals in the region.