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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

On 20-21 November 2019, a subregional workshop will be held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) under the UNECE projects on improving mining/tailings safety in Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and beyond in Central Asia. The main objective of the workshop is to strengthen mine tailings safety in Central Asia. It also aims to present the final results of the tailings project in Kazakhstan (2018-2019) and to share the interim results of the on-going tailings project in Tajikistan (2019-2020). The event will facilitate the exchange of information and experience between the countries of the region enhancing their capacity to prevent accidental water pollution from tailings management facilities. The meeting will bring together representatives from Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as well as representatives from UNECE and other international and regional organizations. The above two tailings projects are implemented under the UNECE Assistance and Cooperation Programme and funded by the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment. The subregional workshop will be preceded by a regional consultation for Central Asia on a draft mine tailings standard (Almaty, Kazakhstan, 18-19 November 2019), co-convened by the Global Tailings Review and the secretariat to the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents.