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List of Press Releases - 2018-19

UNECE Environmental Performance Review calls upon Mongolia to enforce post-mining rehabilitation of degraded land, ensure monitoring of air emissions of major polluters and carry out inventories of the use of asbestos and lead (13 December 2018)

Mongolia is well on track with its efforts to implement and monitor the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and enjoys a remarkable ownership of the Sustainable Development Goals among public officials. Having made green development a clear policy objective, the country struggles to preserve ...
Conference of the Parties to UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention sets future direction for technological disaster risk reduction towards 2030 (06 December 2018)

Over the last few years, the world watched on as major environmental disasters that triggered technological accidents, such as Hurricane Harvey and the Fukushima power plant disaster, wreaked havoc on environments, lives and economies. Major accidents with far-reaching adverse effects can happen ...
New guidelines to strengthen disaster risk management for man-made and technological hazards (04 December 2018)

Man-made and technological disasters, whether caused by natural or man-made hazards, can cause severe damage to individuals, communities, economies, supply chains and the environment. Moreover, they may trigger secondary disasters, aggravating initial impacts. Industrial facilities, nuclear and ...
Countries to gather in Geneva under UNECE Convention on Industrial Accidents to strengthen industrial safety for SDGs and Sendai Framework (22 November 2018)

On 4 December 2018, more than 30 years after the transboundary environmental disaster at Sandoz, Schweizerhalle, and more than 25 years after the adoption of the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, the 10th meeting of the Convention’s Conference of the Parties ...
EU conclusions on Water Diplomacy promote accession and implementation of the Water Convention (19 November 2018)

On 19 November 2018, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) adopted new conclusions on Water Diplomacy which underline the link between water, security and peace and promote accession to and implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and ...
Kazakhstan presents draft legislation aligned with UNECE Environmental Impact Assessment and Strategic Environmental Assessment legal instruments (14 November 2018)

The Ministry of Energy of the Republic of Kazakhstan, which among other areas is responsible for the development of the country’s environmental policy, has presented amendments to the national environmental legislation. The purpose of the amendments is to introduce modern environmental assessment ...
More than 15 countries express their interest to join the Water Convention at historic eighth Meeting of the Parties in Astana (17 October 2018)

As global momentum builds in support of transboundary water cooperation worldwide, more than 15 countries from outside the Pan-European region have announced their interest to ratify the Water Convention. These accessions can reinforce transboundary cooperation agreements all over the world, which ...
UNECE and UNISDR launch guidelines on water-related disasters and transboundary cooperation (15 October 2018)

The majority of disasters are water-related, either directly or indirectly. Over the past twenty years, there has been a sustained rise and frequency in the number of climate-related disasters such as floods and droughts. When disasters take place, access to water can be severely restrained ...
New report highlights progress by Parties in the implementation of the Water Convention (04 October 2018)

Since its adoption over 25 years ago, the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) has supported transboundary water cooperation across the pan-European region. Through a newly introduced reporting mechanism, Parties are now able ...
UNECE publishes assessment methodology to reconcile competing interests in managing shared basins (28 September 2018)

Understanding the interactions between water, food, energy and water-related ecosystems in river basins can be vital in ensuring different and often competing needs are met in a coherent manner. This is even more important in transboundary basins, where identifying intersectoral synergies and ...
New Environmental Performance Review calls on Albania to put waste dumpsites in order, look beyond hydropower, upgrade railways and dispose of polluting cars (12 September 2018)

Municipal waste, rural water supply and sanitation and wastewater treatment are some of the most pressing environmental challenges in Albania. Tourism development, abandoned industrial sites and energy sector investments mean environmental risks but also represent strategic opportunities for green ...
Senegal joins the Water Convention (10 September 2018)

Senegal is the second country outside the pan-European region to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), the Secretariat of which is provided by UNECE. A Sahelian country located on the western coast of Africa, ...
UNECE and UNESCO SDG indicator report shows need to strengthen transboundary water cooperation worldwide (27 August 2018)

Across the world, 153 countries share rivers, lakes and aquifers. Transboundary basins cover more than half of the Earth’s land surface, account for an estimated 60 per cent of global freshwater flow and are home to more than 40 per cent of the world’s population. Transboundary water ...
Aarhus Convention celebrates its twentieth anniversary (10 July 2018)

Since its adoption in 1998, the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) has been a model for application of the concept of environmental democracy as enshrined in Principle 10 of the Rio ...
UNECE Aarhus Convention marks twenty years of supporting environmental democracy with Rome celebrations (15 May 2018)

Twenty years after its adoption in 1998, the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) remains a model example of the application of the concept of “environmental democracy” as enshrined ...
50th UNECE Environmental Performance Review kicks off in Astana (12 March 2018)

The third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Kazakhstan kicked off today, 12 March 2018, with a field mission beginning in Astana. Fourteen experts from different countries, OECD, WHO, UNEP and UNECE will work in Kazakhstan for 10 days to review the country’s progress in delivering on its ...
Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania engage in consultations with the Compliance Committee of the UNECE/WHO Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health (07 March 2018)

On 6 March the Compliance Committee of the Protocol on Water and Health initiated a consultation with Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to support those countries in their efforts to improve their water and health situation and deal with emerging challenges by setting national targets under the ...
UNECE welcomes adoption of regional agreement to protect environmental rights in Latin American and the Caribbean (06 March 2018)

UNECE congratulates the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) and Governments and civil society in Latin America and the Caribbean on the adoption of a regional legally binding instrument to promote Principle 10 of the Rio Declaration on Environment and Development. This ...
Chad becomes the first African country to join the Water Convention (27 February 2018)

Chad has become the first country outside the pan-European region to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) serviced by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). A landlocked country in Central ...