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This report captures the collective results of the regional United Nations system in Europe and Central Asia in 2020. In the reporting period, the regional UN entities provided collective support and offered policy guidance and tools to address key sustainable development challenges in the region. Transitioning to the new architecture of the Regional Collaborative Platform, the regional UN system
The Trans-European North-South Motorway (TEM) Project was initiated to facilitate road traffic in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and to assist with the process of integrating European transport infrastructure systems. One of the objectives of the Project is to improve the road network’s management. This report aims to provide TEM member countries with up-to-date information about how
The Trans-European North-South Motorway (TEM) Project was initiated to facilitate road traffic in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe and to assist with the process of integrating European transport infrastructure systems. In order to improve the road network’s management, the Project provides TEM member countries with benchmarking of the current capacities of asset management, with up-to-
The implementation of vehicle regulations related activities demonstrated that, through accession to and implementation of the 1998 Agreement, vehicles safety will be increased considerably. However, the main issue for many countries remains how to prepare for accession and implementation of this Agreement so that they can benefit from its provisions, ensuring that safer and less polluting
The UNECE region has been among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition to the devastating impact on lives and health, countries are suffering heavy socio-economic consequences: GDP in the region is projected to fall by 6-7% in 2020 with significant discrepancies across countries; unemployment has risen significantly despite support measures; trade, transport and mobility across
The publication highlights that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown that different cities have different capacities to cope with crises. Both the pandemic and the economic crisis caused by lockdown measures have disproportionally affected different cities as well as different groups of the population; the most vulnerable groups of society have suffered most. Cities possess massive resources, talent
The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an ambitious and comprehensive framework that opens new perspectives for policymaking and international cooperation. Its integrated character highlights the linkages and complementarities that exist between different goals and targets. UNECE is supporting countries to address these key sustainable development
The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an ambitious and comprehensive framework that opens new perspectives for policymaking and international cooperation. Its integrated character highlights the linkages and complementarities that exist between different goals and targets. UNECE is supporting countries to address these key sustainable development challenges through
The 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide an ambitious and comprehensive framework that opens new perspectives for policymaking and international cooperation. Its integrated character highlights the linkages and complementarities that exist between different goals and targets. UNECE is supporting countries to address these key sustainable development
In April 2020, a UN Task Force was set up to develop recommendations for green and healthy sustainable transport to assist member States in the post COVID-19 recovery.  Bringing together over 50 experts from member States, international institutions, academia, public transport operators and industry experts, the Task Force set up under the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme
This booklet summarizes key insights and recommendations from the Innovation Policy Outlook (IPO) 2020 across 17 pages. It is also available in Russian here.
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an abrupt, even if temporary, halt to some of these trends, and underscored systemic vulnerabilities in health, economic, social and other systems, including those related to energy and industry. Failure to transition quickly to more sustainable systems will perpetuate these vulnerabilities, while also jeopardizing the fight against climate change and
International rail passenger transport is of fundamental importance to the movement of people across borders in the ECE region. Its central role was highlighted in Inland Transport Committee Resolution No. 264. The COVID-19 pandemic offers, beyond its negative economic impacts that remain to be recovered from, the opportunity to reconsider the role of rail transport in the ECE region and further
This publication provides a series of transport statistics tables for the 56 member States of UNECE. The publication brings together statistical information on road, rail and inland waterways, and has been prepared by the Sustainable Transport Division of UNECE with the cooperation of national statistical offices. A short summary at the beginning of each chapter provides some key figures on each
This toolbox has been developed to assist the Ministry of Environmental Protection of Serbia in integrating gender equality considerations into various sectoral programmes and policies. It provides a practical and workable approach to gender mainstreaming in environmental policy. It has been applied to two programmes chosen by the Ministry of Environmental Protection: the National Waste
Mainstreaming ageing is a policy strategy directed towards integrating ageing issues into all relevant policy fields on all levels, which helps to adapt to population ageing and ensure the integration of the needs of all ages groups, including older persons, into the policymaking process. The Guidelines for Mainstreaming Ageing outline five stages that support countries in establishing a
This report provides a progress assessment on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), based on the data available in the United Nations Global SDG Indicators Database and on the statistical methodology commonly used by all five United Nations regional commissions. The assessment identifies targets on which the overall
The Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) sub-region (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, and Ukraine) has considerable potential for sustainable growth and development. Innovation, or broad experimentation with new ideas, is crucial to making the most of this potential – and for public policy to play an effective role in enabling and promoting this dynamic. The
The world’s energy sector is undergoing a profound transition. This transition is driven by the need to expand access to clean energy in support of socio-economic development, especially in emerging economies, while at the same time limiting the impacts of climate change, pollution and other unfolding global environmental crises. Fundamentally this transition requires a shift from the use of
Times of Change: Reshaping our Urban Realities This Declaration was endorsed by the Mayors of the UNECE region at the first Forum of Mayors held in October 2020. It is a commitment to: Strengthen the resilience of our cities; Take ambitious climate action;  Make our cities greener; Accelerate the transition to sustainable energy