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UNECE will undertake a study of the regulatory and procedural barriers to trade in Albania. The announcement was made during the visit of UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach to Albania, on 26-27 January, where he participated in the National Conference in Elbasan and held a series of
While underground coal mining in Albania stopped almost wholly (except for two private mines with a very insignificant output) more than 15 years ago, the abandonment of the mines from the 1990s onwards with no proper plans for closure has left a legacy of risks. These include water contamination,
Albania has made considerable progress in the recent years in the provision of affordable adequate housing to all. Notably, the national government has been providing support to municipal programmes for housing construction; supporting investments into construction of affordable housing,
Experts from Albania and Montenegro met in Shkoder (Albania) on 25 April 2023 to progress with the exchange of information on the shared Cijevna/Cem River. This was the second meeting of the joint technical group on monitoring and assessment established upon recommendation of the Implementation
Guaranteeing safe access to drinking water and sanitation remains a challenge in the pan-European region, with 16 million people still lacking access to basic drinking water services and over 29 million people not having access to basic sanitation, including hundreds of thousands who have to
How can improved environmental performance promote economic growth while ensuring environmental protection and sustainable management of natural resources, supporting countries’ progress in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?These are among the key objectives of UNECE
Each year, around 1.24 million people die in road accidents. A disproportionate amount of the deaths on the roads (90%) occurs in low- and middle-income countries, despite these countries accounting for just 54% of the world’s road vehicles. Most of these deaths are due to the lack of basic
In almost all UNECE countries with available data, women are overrepresented in the public sector, and men in the private sector. That is, a majority of those employed in the public sector are female, while a majority of those employed in the private sector are male. Sweden and Finland have the
As early as 1995, the Beijing Platform called for the active involvement of women in decision making; the integration of gender concerns and perspectives in policies and programmes with sustainable development; and the establishment of mechanisms at all levels to undertake a gender impact
Every year 1.25 million people die in road traffic accidents while an additional 50 million are injured.  500 children lose their lives on the road every single day, with road traffic accidents representing the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29.  With these numbers
Source: UNECE Statistical Database The strong economic growth until 2008 was accompanied by high growth rates in international trade in most countries.  All UNECE countries experience high growth rates in total trade (exports plus imports) until 2007, including large
In recent decades, family patterns have changed substantially in the UNECE region. Longer cohabitation before marriage and childbearing after personal establishment in the labour market has become more common for both men and women. As an example, the mean age at first marriage for both men and
Adequate, affordable housing is the foundation upon which humans can build healthy lives, strong and resilient cities, and thriving national economies. Despite this, however, studies suggest that housing remains one of the least affordable human rights. Housing provision and land management are
In the UNECE region, employed people spend two to three hours per day on domestic work[1] according to data from time-use surveys around 2010. But these average figures hide wide gender differences: for example, employed women in Albania spend eight times as long on domestic tasks as employed
The Drin River basin, shared by five Riparians: Albania, Greece, Kosovo (UNMIK, Security Council resolution 1244), Montenegro and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, faces several acute challenges, such as loss of biodiversity, pollution and frequent floods. The basin includes three major
National Single Windows (NSW) simplify import and export transactions by making it easier to input all regulatory and commercial information at a single electronic point. Ensuring the compatibility (or “interoperability”) of this information between countries can drive international trade.
UNECE and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21), in close cooperation with the International Energy Agency (IEA), have joined forces to develop the UNECE Renewable Energy Status Report, which aims at closing the data and information gap as well as tracking future
Thanks to UNECE and its Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Programme, the global “data revolution” needed to ensure sustainable development and monitor progress in achieving the future sustainable development goals (SDGs) is well under way in the countries of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe
Tackling inequality between women and men in the sharing of power and decision-making at all levels is essential to strengthen democracy and achieve peace and sustainable development. Back in 1995, this was identified as one of twelve critical areas of concern in the landmark Beijing Platform
How can we turn intentions into action? At the 2019 Regional Forum, 850 key stakeholders demonstrated their readiness to act for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – not with lip service but concrete solutions. Gathering in Geneva on 21-22 March 2019, change makers from governments of 50
The Western Balkans and Moldova are moving to modernize their trade and Customs procedures and roll out standardized trade data sharing and Single Window for export and import clearance. Building on years of capacity-building and technical cooperation efforts by UNECE, the World Bank, the CEFTA
How can countries best harness data to reduce road casualties, helping to meet the targets of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on improving road safety?UNECE, with the support of International Road Transport Union (IRU), is developing a new tool to help governments design effective road
UNECE environmental performance reviews (EPRs) can play an important role in supporting the achievement and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). EPRs can assess the progress made by a country in achieving the relevant SDGs, identify challenges and provide recommendations to
How to ensure access to decent, adequate, affordable and healthy housing for all? How to reduce the impact of the housing sector on the environment? How to make the most of technological developments to make cities really “smart” and improve the quality of life of their inhabitants? What are the
The production and international trade of dried fruits and nuts has increased steadily over the past decade and is expected to continue growing. Helping structure the offer of local producers and implementing international trading standards is of vital importance for major producing countries