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Uzbekistan faces serious challenges in the realm of road safety, with around 3,600 people killed on its roads in 2018, according to WHO figures. Between January and March 2022 alone, 39 children lost their lives on the country’s roads, where 204 out of 1,469 road accidents involved children,…
Strengthening value chains between Africa and the European Union (EU) is a priority objective for sustainable growth and decent jobs across the two continents. Recent market imbalances and disparities, involving supply chain disruptions and lack of attention to the social and environmental impacts…
COP26 was a positive step forward in the fight against climate change, but as the UN Secretary General pointed out in his comments: “it is not enough. We must accelerate climate action to keep alive the goal of limiting the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.” The compromise deal reflects the…
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about immense changes in how people move around the world. International travel ground almost to a halt at the onset of the crisis, as restrictions were imposed and borders closed. Internal migration, too, was restricted in many countries as lockdowns were declared…
The COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have brought the benefits of paperless trading to the forefront of attention. Many countries are considering issuing, accepting and exchanging electronic documents for paperless trading. Issues related to paperless trading are also at the core of World Trade…
The new UNECE Guide on producing CPI under lockdown, published today, helps national statistical offices to produce the Consumer Price index (CPI) under periods of lockdown and other emergencies.   The Consumer Price Index, or CPI, is a key economic indicator in most countries, giving a …
Developing the capacity of statistical systems to respond to ever-changing demands is a core component of UNECE statistical work, linked directly to several of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Key tools used for capacity development have traditionally been face-to-face…
Countries of Central Asia, the Caucasus and Eastern Europe have been hit hard by the socioeconomic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens to derail sustainable development progress in the region. However, there is also a stronger momentum towards regional cooperation, and countries can…
Mobility is a primary enabler of our economic and social life. However, despite its many benefits, the costs of mobility to societies around the world remain unacceptably high. These include greenhouse gas emissions (transport accounts for some 24% of global CO2 emissions, three quarters of which…
Decarbonizing transport and mobility remains a critical policy challenge, for which we must seize the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic as a unique opportunity to accelerate progress. Decarbonization is one example of an issue where transport, health, and environment all meet – an intersection…
How to enhance economic connectivity in order to make Euro-Asian inland transport links (EATL) operational and commercially more attractive? These were the key questions discussed in the virtual consultations held by UNECE and the OSCE on 26 November.The event brought together over 140 delegates…
Lockdowns, border closures and restrictions to contain the COVID-19 pandemic have disproportionately impacted landlocked developing countries (LLDCs) in Central Asia and the Caucasus, which already face significant economic challenges due to the lack of territorial access to the sea and higher…
What are the various types of cyber threats posed to intelligent transport systems? What methodologies are available to governments to address critical security risks? These were some of the issues discussed by over 100 representatives of ministries of transport and other relevant agencies,…
Now is the time to make use of trade and transport facilitation standards and digital technologies, such as electronic exchange of information and paperless solutions. This is crucial to limit physical checks in transit and physical contact at borders and protect the health of workers.Huge…
Bosnia and Herzegovina is taking action to improve its road safety situation. This is reflected in the country’s decreasing rate of road traffic fatalities – from 17.7 per 100,000 population in 2013, to 15.7 in 2016 (below the average for middle income countries of around 19 deaths per 100,000…
The transport costs of the world`s 32 Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are on average 50% higher than developing countries that have access to the open sea. If containerized imports are considered, LLDCs have costs that are 85% higher than the world average. As a result, LLDC exports are…
Ministers of Transport and high-level officials from across the globe will gather in Geneva from 25 to 28 February for the 82nd Session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC).  The meeting will discuss the greatest challenges of the modern world, in particular combatting climate change and…
Excessive and inappropriate speed is one of the most important factors contributing to road fatalities and injuries in many countries. For the Philippines, the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018 rated national speed limit law enforcement at only 5 out of 10, indicating a critical gap…
In Paraguay, road accidents are the leading cause of death in adolescents and young people aged 15 to 29 – a situation that has got worse over the last five years, according to WHO. The country also leads the list of deaths due to road accidents of motorcycle drivers and their companions in…
The European inland waterway network of international importance spans more than 29,000 km and includes over 400 important ports and terminals. Inland water transport is a multifunctional, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly mode of transport with considerable untapped capacities…
With the adoption of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), United Nations Member States approved over 230 different indicators for measuring the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. While some of these indicators are based on well-known concepts with well-…
An efficient road network can directly contribute to sustainable transport connectivity, regional integration and economic growth. An efficient and sustainable network enables time and cost savings and enhanced trade through cross-border facilitation. However, the connectivity of road networks…
Nigeria is taking action to improve its road safety situation. Following its accession in October 2018 to the 5 key UN road safety Conventions, the country is stepping up efforts to ensure their swift implementation, with help from UNECE. The recent capacity building workshop organised by…