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This policy brief is part of the United Nations Development Account tranche 13 project: Strengthening Social Protection for Pandemic Response, in particular its workstream on strengthening care policies with a gender lens with the participation of UN regional commissions and cooperating partners, including UN Women regional offices. It analyzes economic and social policies of ECE member states in
ADVANCE COPY Introduction In the future, the year 2020 will be remembered for the COVID-19 pandemic and its related consequences. This may lead to a new normal way of working; but in the meantime, such pandemics could lead to major disruptions in trade flows and damage the overall economic health of countries. There are measures which can be put into place to
Micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSME) are prominent in sectors affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. MSME in the energy efficiency and renewable energy sectors were implementing innovative, circular, green and sustainable initiatives before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, so they are well-placed to contribute to the post-COVID-19 recovery. However, on both the supply and demand sides MSME
The benefits of buckling up safety-belts are clear. If you buckle up in the front seat of a passenger car you can reduce your risk of a fatal injury by 45% (Kahane, 2015) and moderate to critical injury by 50%. Fastening safety-belts helps you to stay in control of your vehicle during when the unexpected occurs such as an abrupt deceleration. This leaflet is designed to provide basic information
This publication provides guidance on applying various approaches to data disaggregation for measuring poverty and aims to improve the international comparability of poverty statistics. Regardless of how accurate the national measures of poverty are, their usefulness will be limited if they mask existing disparities within societies. The introductory Chapter 1 lays down the
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 multifaceted requirements of sustainable development are primarily dependent on the optimal and responsible use of natural resources.  A new paradigm of optimising resource efficiency and progressing towards a circular economy is required to realise the need for balanced development of natural resources. The United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) is being designed as a unifying
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 accidents SDG
While the second half of 2020 was marked by the warranted fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which continued to change the face of the world, our ambitions for a better global road safety were not scaled back. COVID-19 has taught us to move away from the “silo mentality” and instead align development goals with each other - resulting in higher impact policies and programs.
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 UN Road Safety Fund was established in 2018 as a UN multi-partner trust fund pursuant to the General Assembly resolution 70/260 and with the support of the UN Secretary-General. It aims to help low- and middle-income countries put in place an effective national Safety System to substantially
Gender statistics, like statistics on any other topic, are valuable to users only if they are easily found and accessible, and if users find them relevant and easy to understand. National statistical offices  must take extra care when communicating gender statistics to balance the need to remain impartial with the obligation to produce relevant data to inform policymaking and answer the needs of
The most recent in the series of Policy Briefs on Ageing is "Older Persons in Emergency Situations". See all "Policy
The availability of integrated, relevant, high-quality, timely and easily accessible environmental information provides the means for assessing environmental status and the foundation for meaningful and informed environmental governance. Timely, relevant, reliable and easily accessible environmental information is also essential to efforts to inform citizens about the quality of their environment
Report of the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development for the UNECE region on its first session The first session of the regional forum was held on 25 April 2017 and was chaired by Laurence Monnoyer-Smith, Commissioner General for Sustainable Development and Interministerial Delegate for Sustainable Development for the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Seas of France.
The Forest Products Annual Market Review 2019-2020 provides a comprehensive analysis of markets in the UNECE region and reports on the main market influences outside the UNECE region. It covers the range of products from the forest to the end user - from roundwood and primary processed products to value-added, housing and wood energy. Statistics-based chapters analyse the markets for wood raw

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