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List of Press Releases - 2015-11

UNECE welcomes vote by Ukrainian parliament ratifying Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (03 July 2015)

Ukraine made an important step towards sustainable development on 1 July 2015 with the ratification by the Ukrainian parliament (or Verkhovna Rada) of a law on the country’s accession to the UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment ...
New Environmental Performance Review of Montenegro finds waste issues and adaptation to climate change among pressing environmental challenges (05 June 2015)

Waste management, wastewater treatment and adaptation to climate change are some of the most pressing environmental challenges for Montenegro. These are the main findings of the third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Montenegro, undertaken by UNECE. The findings were presented by UNECE and ...
UNECE fosters cooperation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to address water issues (02 June 2015)

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have pressing water quantity and quality issues regarding the shared resources of the Chu and Talas Basins. During the difficult dry year of 2014 both countries had problems with the water supply from the two rivers. In addition, the two countries estimate the level of ...
UNECE, UNEP sign landmark agreement to strengthen partnership on green economy and sustainable development (08 May 2015)

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Christian Friis Bach, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce the collaboration between UNEP and UNECE ...
Air pollution costs European economies US$ 1.6 trillion a year (29 April 2015)

A staggering US$ 1.6 trillion is the economic cost of the approximate 600 000 premature deaths and of the diseases caused by air pollution in the WHO European Region in 2010, according to the first-ever study of these costs conducted for the Region. The amount is nearly equivalent to one tenth of ...
Republic of Moldova and Ukraine endorse Strategic Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change for the Dniester Basin (23 April 2015)

Serhiy Kurykin, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, and Lazar Chirica, Deputy Minister of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, met today in Kyiv to launch the Strategic Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change for the Dniester Basin. The Strategic Framework will ...
UNECE and the International Network of Basin Organizations launch flagship publication on water and climate change adaptation (13 April 2015)

Over 50 different experiences from river basins around the world have been compiled and analysed in the new publication “Water and climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: lessons learned and good practices”, prepared by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and ...
Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine test transboundary cooperation in case of an oil spill on the Danube within a UNECE project (02 April 2015)

For the first time, on 24 March 2015, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine tested how the three countries would jointly cooperate to respond to an industrial accident with possible transboundary consequences, such as an oil spill that might reach the Danube Delta. After more than 2,000 ...
Jordan initiates study of the UNECE Water Convention (17 March 2015)

Jordan has decided to study the implications of joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), launching the process on 10 March 2015 with a national workshop on ...
UNECE helps Kyrgyzstan identify more efficient irrigation technologies (17 March 2015)

The introduction of sprinkler or drip irrigation in place of surface irrigation could boost agricultural productivity in Kyrgyzstan — where the agriculture sector consumes some 90 per cent of available water resources — while significantly reducing water use. These preliminary findings of a ...
Lebanon to consider joining UNECE Water Convention following Beirut workshop (10 February 2015)

Lebanon announced its interest in joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) during a national workshop on the Convention, “Key aspects and opportunities for ...