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List of Press Releases - 2019-7

Entry into force of amended Gothenburg Protocol is landmark for clean air and climate action (04 October 2019)

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year according to WHO data. It is by far the world’s largest single environmental health risk and a leading cause of death by cancer. Air pollution is also closely linked to climate change and is a major cause of environmental degradation, ...
Renewed cooperation on environmental security in the UNECE region (02 October 2019)

Peacefully resolving the overriding political, economic and social concerns of our time requires a multifaceted approach. This includes mechanisms to address the links between the natural environment and human security. Building up on over a decade of successful cooperation, the partners of ...
Improved water management is crucial for climate action – UN-Water policy brief (25 September 2019)

Water management must play a central role in adapting to the worst effects of climate change and reducing greenhouse gases, according to a new UN-Water Policy Brief. Released in the context of the Climate Action Summit and the opening of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, the brief argues ...
UNECE becomes strategic partner of the 2021 World Water Forum in Dakar (30 August 2019)

Political authorities and water stakeholders from all over the world will gather in Dakar in March 2021 for the ninth World Water Forum under the theme "Water Security for Peace and Development". The Forum, co-organized by the Government of Senegal and the World Water Council, will for ...
UNECE to further support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen environmental assessment through USD 2.6m EU-funded initiative (02 July 2019)

UNECE will support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to further enhance strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA) to prevent and mitigate damage to the environment and health from economic growth. This ...
UNECE names top 10 environmental achievements of Kazakhstan and the country’s top 10 environmental priorities for the future (05 June 2019)

The Third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Kazakhstan, launched in Nur-Sultan on World Environment Day (5 June 2019), highlights the successes of Kazakhstan in improving its environmental policy over the past decade and provides recommendations to the country for future action. The Review ...
Let’s not wait for another deadly dam failure: UNECE guidelines can improve safety (31 January 2019)

Another tragic industrial accident hit Brazil on 25 January 2019 when the Brumadinho dam failed at an iron ore mine in the South East of the country, killing over 65 persons with roughly 300 still missing. This comes just over 3 years since the Bento Rodrigues dam collapse in the country. ...