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Industrial Accidents


Industrial accidents can have severe consequences on human health and the environment, including in other affected countries. The accidents in Schweizerhalle, Switzerland, and Baia Mare, Romania, have brought this message home.  The Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents helps Parties to prevent industrial accidents that can have transboundary effects and to prepare for, and respond to, accidents if they occur. Read more

In focus

The tenth meeting of Conference of the Parties to the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents was held from 4 to 6 December 2018 in Geneva. This Conference brought together delegates from more than 40 countries to review the work of the Convention and determine future directions and priorities. The meeting began with a Seminar on risk assessment methodologies (4 December). Moreover, the Conference took a number of important decisions, such as the revised long-term strategy for the Convention towards 2030 in the light of relevant international developments, namely the Sendai Framework and the Sustainable Development Goals, a communication, outreach and engagement strategy and the sustainable financing for its activities. In addition, it provided an occasion to highlight the 20th anniversary of the Joint Ad Hoc Expert Group on Water and Industrial Accidents and its achievements, including the most recent  Safety guidelines and good practices for the management and retention of firefighting water.