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UNECE is committed to supporting its member States for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This report presents a selection of examples of the impact of its work in 2018.It shows how UNECE’s policy advice, practical norms and capacity building activities have helped countries and the people in the region.Symbol: ECE/INF/2019/1
The present publication contains the third Environmental Performance Review of Kazakhstan. The report takes stock of progress made by the country in the management of its environment since 2008. It covers legal and policy frameworks, greening the economy, environmental monitoring, and public participation and education for sustainable development. Furthermore, the EPR addresses issues of
 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, about the population, about society and the environment. An essential precondition for carrying out this task is a strong legal and institutional setting for statistical
The Protocol on Water and Health is a legally binding instrument aimed at achieving an adequate supply of safe drinking water and sanitation for everyone and effectively protecting water resources in the pan-European region. The Protocol provides a sound approach, valuable experience and a successful regional platform to implement the Sustainable Development Goals pertinent to water, sanitation
The GHS addresses classification of chemicals by types of hazard and proposes harmonized hazard communication elements, including labels and safety data sheets. It aims at ensuring that information on physical hazards and toxicity from chemicals be available in order to enhance the protection of human health and the environment during the handling, transport and use of these chemicals.The GHS
The European Code for Signs and Signals on Inland Waterways (SIGNI), adopted by resolution No. 90 of the Working Party on Inland Water Transport on 5 October 2018, provides recommendations for the competent authorities for the installation and application of buoyage and marking on European inland waterways contained in the fifth revision of CEVNI (ECE/TRANS/SC
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. This study identifies the transport infrastructure and services available in Kazakhstan, reviews the country’s extensive recent and future transport investments, and
ECE/TIM/SP/47The study on the state of forests in the Caucasus and Central Asia aims to present the forest resources and the forest sector of the region, including trends in, and pressures on the resource, to describe the policies and institutions for the forest sector in the region and to list the major challenges the sector faces, and the policy responses in place or planned. The study is a
ECE/TIM/DP/73Criteria and indicators constitute an increasingly common policy tool to implement sustainable forest management (SFM) and to define clear priorities and targets. This should improve monitoring, reporting and assessment of key aspects of SFM performance.These guidelines provide specific concepts, definitions, tools and reference materials to guide the development process of
ECE/TIM/DP/72This study, focusing primarily on the period from the collapse of the Soviet Union until the present day, identifies the key drivers of forest degradation and the potential for forest landscape restoration in the Caucasus and Central Asia. The study was undertaken to support the preparation of restoration pledges in the eight countries of the Caucasus and Central Asia in the run
UNECE Countries in Figures presents a profile of social and economic indicators for each of the 56 UNECE member countries.These profiles, prepared by the UNECE Statistical Division, are intended to be of interest to readers not necessarily familiar with statistical terminology or with interpreting statistical tables. A glossary of terms and list of references is available at the back of the
The world is becoming more interconnected, with an acceleration in the movement of information, capital, goods, services and people across international borders. As it becomes easier to travel and work in other countries – especially in common market areas such as the European Union – the expansion of international labour mobility has become a topic of growing policy importance.International
As part of the ongoing activities of the Working Party on Rail Transport (SC.2) a workshop titled “Making the railways of the future for the region” was held at the seventy-second session of the Working Party.Over 65 participants from national administrations, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the private sector discussed, over a number of sessions, the role of
This document provides a brief snapshot of some aspects of SDG performance in the UNECE region. It covers the SDGs that will be discussed at the 2019 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development  for  the  UNECE  region  but  it  does  not  attempt  to  provide  an  exhaustive assessment. 
This report has been prepared in the framework of the UNECE projects "Energy Efficiency Standards in Building in the UNECE region" under the Forests, Land and Housing Division and "Enhancing national capacities for development and implementation of the energy efficiency standards in buildings in the UNECE region" under the Sustainable Energy Division and the activities of the UNECE Joint Task
The fourth edition of the Blue Book continues to provide precise information about the World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) as serviced by the ECE Sustainable Transport  Division: on its history, its administrative and legal framework as a guide for users, and on the three Agreements. WP.29 administers the three major international United Nations Agreements on motor
 Migration shapes societies. Its economic, social and demographic impacts are large and increasing. Policymakers, researchers and other stakeholders need data on migrants – how many there are, their rates of entry and exit, their characteristics, and their integration into societies. These data need be comprehensive, accurate and frequently updated. There is no single source that can provide
This publication was prepared by the consultants to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) secretariat to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (Protocol on SEA) with the support of the secretariat and with funding from the EU-funded “Greening Economies in the
In 2010, the United Nations General Assembly (resolution 64/255) proclaimed a Decade of Action for Road Safety ("Decade"). As part of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the goal of the Decade (2011-2020) is to stabilize and then reduce the forecast level of road traffic deaths around the world. SDG 3.6 By 2020 halve the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidentsSDG