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Climate change threatens access to water and sanitation, warn UNECE & WHO/Europe, urging reinforced measures under Protocol to boost resilience

From insufficient drinking water supply to contamination by sewage overflow and disease outbreaks from improper wastewater treatment, existing risks from climate change to water, sanitation and hygiene in the pan-European region are set to increase significantly, UNECE and the WHO Regional…


UNECE and UNCTAD join forces in enhancing the private sector’s role in advancing trade facilitation

16 May 2022, Geneva – participants from around the globe representing governments, National Trade Facilitation Bodies (NTFB) experts and private sector joined the online roundtable organized by the UN Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the UN Conference for Trade and Development (UNCTAD…

Water meeting

Drina countries agree on a cross-sectoral roadmap to improve transboundary cooperation in the management of natural resources in the basin

Representatives from the water, energy, and environment sectors of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, and Serbia - the three riparians of the Drina River Basin - met on 4 May 2022 to discuss ways forward on sustainable development and transboundary cooperation.

The meeting of the…


Left out? UNECE report guides measurement of social exclusion

A new publication released today by UNECE, Approaches to Measuring Social Exclusion, examines the many and varied ways in which statistics can assess progress towards the policy goal of leaving no-one behind.

Social exclusion, or being left out of societal processes and structures, often…

Bombing in Ukraine

UNECE to coordinate UN Task Force on new Master Plan for the city of Kharkiv

The war has already caused the destruction of infrastructure in many urban areas of Ukraine and will require enormous efforts by the government and international partners to reconstruct following the cessation of hostilities.

In April 2022, the Ministry for Communities and Territories…

Disaster relief

UN/CEFACT, OCHA and partners release recommendations to smooth the movement of disaster relief across borders

Celerity is the essence of any disaster response. Swift distribution of equipment, relief goods and services to those that need them can minimize the destruction and alleviate the suffering inflicted by a disaster, restoring populations to safety, to health and to dignity sooner. But velocity of…

Digital Economy

Kyrgyz Republic champions trade facilitation education in Central Asia with UNECE support

A seminar and a high-level roundtable focusing on “Trade Facilitation in the Digital Economy” concluded years of collaboration between UNECE and the Kyrgyz Economic University (KEU). Aimed at building the capacity of local exerts, the UNECE project titled “Strengthening the capacity of the…

Digital Economy

Кыргызская Республика становится лидером в образовании по упрощению процедур торговли в Центральной Азии при поддержке ЕЭК ООН

В период с 12 по 14 апреля 2022 года в Бишкеке прошел 3-й международный семинар и круглый стол на тему «Упрощение процедур торговли в цифровой экономике», которые завершили годы сотрудничества между ЕЭК ООН и Кыргызским экономическим университетом имени Мусы Рыскулбекова (КЭУ). Проект ЕЭК ООН…


Faced with rising challenges for sustainable development, UNECE Regional Forum concludes with renewed commitment to deliver on the SDGs

How to build back better from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in the UNECE Region? Around 1000 key stakeholders including governments, UN agencies, intergovernmental organisations, business representatives …

Launch of the Circular STEP Network

UNECE launches platform for policy dialogue on circular economy

Almost all countries in the UNECE region, covering US, Canada, Eastern and Western Europe, the Balkans, the Caucasus, and Central Asia, have adopted national policies which are directly or indirectly related to the sustainable management of natural resources and the circular economy.


UNECE and UEFA sign sustainability-based Memorandum of Understanding

UNECE and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the aim of showing how football and hosting UEFA events can support cities to become more sustainable.

To celebrate the agreement, a side event entitled ‘Football as accelerator…

SDG Report 2022

Halfway to 2030: UNECE report shows we must accelerate progress to achieve SDGs in the region

As we approach the halfway mark between the adoption and finish line of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the region is on track to achieve only 26 of 169 SDG targets, according to the UNECE 2022 SDG progress report released today. For all other measurable targets, the region must…

SDG Report 2022

A mitad de camino hacia 2030, el informe de la CEPE demuestra que debemos acelerar el progreso para alcanzar los ODS en la región paneuropea

Mientras nos acercamos a la mitad del camino entre la adopción y la meta de la Agenda 2030 para el Desarrollo Sostenible, la región está en camino de lograr sólo 26 de las 169 metas de los ODS, según el informe de la CEPE 2022 sobre el progreso de los ODS publicado hoy. Para todas las demás…

SDG Report 2022

À mi-parcours, un nouveau rapport montre que les progrès doivent s’accélérer pour atteindre les ODD dans la région de la CEE-ONU

Alors que nous approchons de la mi-parcours entre l'adoption et la ligne d'arrivée de l'Agenda 2030 pour le développement durable, la région est en passe d'atteindre seulement 26 des 169 cibles des ODD, selon le rapport d'étape de la CEE-ONU 2022 publié aujourd'hui. Pour toutes les autres cibles…

SDG Report 2022

На полпути к 2030 году: доклад ЕЭК ООН показывает, что мы должны ускорить прогресс для достижения ЦУР в регионе

По мере приближения к отметке на полпути между принятием и осуществлением Повестки дня в области устойчивого развития на период до 2030 года, становится очевидным, что регион находится на правильном пути к решению только 26 из 169 задач ЦУР. Это видно из опубликованного сегодня доклада ЕЭК ООН…

Cover publication Housing

UNECE supports transition of Bishkek to a smart, sustainable and resilient city

To support Bishkek in moving towards more sustainable, inclusive and resilient urban growth, the UNECE is advancing several smart sustainable city projects in partnership with the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

Bishkek faces multiple challenges, ranging from rapid population growth, continued…

Industrial accident Ukraine

UNECE warns of high risks of industrial accidents in Ukraine and recalls need for prevention

UNECE notes with concern the attacks on industrial facilities in Ukraine since the beginning of the war and calls for a prompt end of the hostilities and the prevention of technological disasters, which could affect the population and environment of Ukraine and neighbouring countries.

Georgia Landscape

UNECE supports Georgia’s commitment to applying strategic environmental assessment

A pilot project in Georgia was kicked off as part of UNECE’s longstanding support to enhancing the country’s strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment systems in accordance with the UNECE Protocol on SEA and the Convention on Environmental Impact…

World Water Day

UNECE to promote transboundary water cooperation at 9th World Water Forum in Dakar

The centrality of transboundary water cooperation for peace and sustainable development has been stressed in recent years at the global and regional levels, notably in the Sustainable Development Goals, at the United Nations Security Council, and at the African Ministers’ Council on Water.…


Electronic FIATA Multimodal Bill of Lading data standard available as open-source

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Federation of Freight-Forwarders Associations (FIATA) announce the official release of the electronic FIATA Multimodal Bill of Lading (eFBL) data standard.

The data standard, created on the basis of the…