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List of Press Releases - 2014-27

UNECE Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment becomes a global instrument (27 August 2014)

Through the entry into force yesterday, 26 August 2014, of its first amendment, the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context is now open to all United Nations Member States. “This opening will fill an important gap in international law and will further ...
Parties to UNECE treaties on public participation in environmental matters join forces to increase transparency, protect whistle-blowers and promote environmental democracy  (09 July 2014)

More than 400 participants from some 50 countries gathered in Maastricht, the Netherlands, last week to attend the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus ...
Montenegro becomes the fortieth Party to the UNECE Water Convention  (04 July 2014)

On 23 June 2014, Montenegro joined the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and the amendments to the Convention that allow accession by countries outside the UNECE region. ...
Experts from Belarus and Lithuania agree to strengthen technical cooperation on shared water resources in the Neman River Basin (26 June 2014)

On 19 and 20 June 2014, experts and representatives from environmental authorities in Belarus, Lithuania and the Kaliningrad oblast of the Russian Federation met in Vilnius to discuss the results of the draft strategic framework for basin adaptation in the Neman Basin, as well as options for future ...
Arab countries study the benefits of joining the UNECE Water Convention (13 June 2014)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) can be a source of inspiration for progress in the management of shared surface waters and groundwaters in the Arab region and ...
Parties to UNECE treaties adopt declaration on applying environmental assessment procedures to nuclear energy issues (13 June 2014)

On 10 June 2014 – Parties to the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment adopted a declaration on the application of these instruments to nuclear energy issues last week at back to back sessions of the ...
The UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment now a global instrument (13 June 2014)

Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment decided last week to turn the Protocol into a fully global instrument and to simplify the future accession of non-United Nations Economic ...
Third Environmental Performance Review of the Republic of Moldova shows waste management and biodiversity conservation remain top priorities (05 June 2014)

Despite progress in recent years in the country’s policy framework related to the environment and sustainable development, the Republic of Moldova faces significant challenges with regard to wastewater management, municipal solid waste management and biodiversity conservation. These are the main ...
Energy issues to be at the centre of debates of the meeting of the Parties to UNECE Treaties on Environmental Assessment in June (28 May 2014)

Over 150 Government officials, representatives of international organizations, international financial institutions (IFIs), civil society, academia and other stakeholders from some 50 countries will meet in Geneva from 2 to 5 June to take stock of progress made in implementing environmental ...
Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Water Continues Water Sector Reforms in Tajikistan (26 May 2014)

On Friday, 23 May 2014, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management of Tajikistan discussed the state of water management reforms that the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) helped to design. Over 60 representatives of ...
UNECE welcomes the entry into force of the United Nations Watercourses Convention (23 May 2014)

The 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (United Nations Watercourses Convention) will enter into force on 17 August 2014. The accession by Viet Nam to the United Nations Watercourses Convention on 19 May 2014 triggered its entry into ...
UNECE finishes first Environmental Performance Review of Morocco  (21 May 2014)

On 21 May 2014, the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Morocco, undertaken by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), was launched in Rabat. The review reveals both progress in Morocco’s policy ...
Armenia prepares to ratify the UNECE Protocol on Water and Health: draft national water and health targets finalized  (07 May 2014)

On 6 May 2014 in Yerevan, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on water resources management approved the draft national water and health targets, prepared by the national expert group with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The targets ...
UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents takes further steps towards alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and the improvement of industrial safety in the region (02 May 2014)

Representatives of the Parties to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, gathered in Geneva on 28 and 29 April 2014 at the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Development of the Convention, unanimously agreed on a revised annex I to the Convention that will align it ...
Kazakhstan to start process of joining UNECE Protocol on Water and Health (28 April 2014)

At a meeting on 24 April 2014 in Burabay, Kazakhstan, key stakeholders of the National Policy Dialogue on water resources Steering Committee of Kazakhstan recommended the initiation of the process of joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-World Health Organization ...
Cycling can create at least 76 600 jobs and save 10 000 lives every year in major European cities (14 April 2014)

Over 76 600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10 000 lives would be saved if major European cities[1] reached the cycling modal share of Copenhagen. This is the conclusion of a new publication released today by UNECE and the WHO Regional Office ...
Belarus and Ukraine successfully completed the first pilot project on post-project analysis under the UNECE Espoo Convention (11 April 2014)

On Tuesday 15 April, the results of the first pilot project on post-project analysis under the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) will be presented and discussed in a subregional conference in Minsk. UNECE, together with the United ...
European Ministers of Transport, Health and Environment gather in Paris to agree common actions for healthy and sustainable mobility (14-16 April) (08 April 2014)

The Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment (4HLM) will be held in Paris from 14-16 April, hosted by the Government of France, under the auspices of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP). Run jointly by the United Nations Economic Commission ...
Turkmenistan to develop road map on integrated water resources management within the framework of UNECE Water Convention (07 April 2014)

On 3 April 2014 in Ashgabad, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on water resources management decided to develop a road map for implementation of the principles of integrated water resource management in Turkmenistan. Around 40 representatives of different stakeholders ...
UNECE develops cooperation on information management with Ministers of Environment in Central Asia (07 April 2014)

On 3 April in Dushanbe, Tajikistan the Inter-State Commission on Sustainable Development (ICSD) composed of Ministers of the Environment of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan adopted a decision inviting UNECE to provide assistance to the institutional and legal ...
UNECE helped to complete another phase of Kyrgyzstan’s Chu Basin Management Plan  (20 March 2014)

On Thursday, 20 March, the Steering Committee of the Kyrgyz National Policy Dialogue on water resources discussed an expert assessment of the state of water reservoirs in the basin, along with a wide range of policies and projects in field of water. The United Nations Economic Commission for ...
UNECE and the International Sava River Basin Commission launch nexus assessment to promote intersectoral coordination on natural resources management  (06 March 2014)

On Tuesday, 4 March 2014, a three-day workshop started in Zagreb, Croatia, to assess the intersectoral and transboundary aspects of managing the water, land, ecosystem and energy resources of the Sava River Basin. Some 50 representatives of the relevant ministries and various interest groups from ...
Switzerland joins the Aarhus Convention and its amendment on genetically modified organisms (05 March 2014)

On 3 March 2014, Switzerland ratified the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and its amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO ...
UNECE supports transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with new knowledge on climate change and a new water management project (27 February 2014)

On 27 and 28 February in Bishkek the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bishkek Office and the national Kyrgyz authorities organized two meetings in support of the development of transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan ...
UNECE to help Azerbaijan finalize its water sector strategy  (27 January 2014)

At a 23 January 2014 meeting in Baku, key stakeholders of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) Steering Committee of Azerbaijan agreed to finalize the State water strategy within the next few months. Development of the strategy has been supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ...
UNECE assists Azerbaijan and Georgia to make another step towards sustainable management of the Kura River Basin (17 January 2014)

On Thursday, 16 January 2014, representatives of Azerbaijan and Georgia met in Baku to negotiate the text of a draft bilateral agreement on the shared water resources of the Kura River Basin as part of a joint United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) - Organization for Security and ...
The Republic of Moldova joins the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers  (08 January 2014)

Published: 8 January 2014 On 23 December 2013, the Republic of Moldova became the thirty-third Party to ratify the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Kyiv Protocol) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in ...

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