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List of Press Releases - 2018-50

SPECA at 20: Strengthening the UN Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia to deliver on the 2030 Agenda (21 September 2018)

Joint UNECE-UN ESCAP Press Release Marking the 20th anniversary of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA), high-level participants from the seven landlocked participating countries - Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, ...
United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund launches call for pilot project proposals (20 September 2018)

As efforts advance to fully operationalize the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched in April 2018, targeted individual actions can help meet urgent needs to improve road safety on the ground. In this context, a call to the Fund’s Participating Organisations for pilot project ...
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 ...
Road safety: Cameroon must redouble its efforts and strengthen coordination (22 August 2018)

Mr Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, presented in Yaoundé today the Road Safety Performance Review of Cameroon, which provides an analysis of progress and challenges in the country’s road safety. Cameroon is the second African country to benefit from ...
UN Road Safety Trust Fund gears up for action (10 August 2018)

Today, the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund, launched in April 2018, takes an important step towards becoming operational, with the first meetings of its Advisory Board (9 August) and Steering Committee (10 August) taking place in Geneva. The Trust Fund aims to catalyze efforts to address ...
Albania must further strengthen coordination of road safety efforts and address remaining challenges (30 July 2018)

The Albanian vehicle fleet has increased dramatically within the last ten years, and while the overall number of fatal traffic accidents over the last two years has decreased, the country still faces serious challenges. 94 fatalities per 1 million inhabitants were recorded on Albania’s roads in ...
UNECE and partners launch network to support the development of high performance buildings (18 July 2018)

In 2017 UNECE adopted the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings which promote the adoption of aggressive, performance-based codes for buildings.  To support the deployment of the Framework Guidelines and to advance the performance of buildings broadly, UNECE is ...
Made in Forests: Eco-friendly "Star Threads” for Award-winning Actor Michelle Yeoh in new UN video (16 July 2018)

Malaysian-born film star and UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Michelle Yeoh will attend the High Level Political Forum in New York today to put the spotlight on the role that clothing manufacture and consumer fashion can have for a better planet with a new video, called “Made in Forests.” “The ...
UN Alliance aims to put fashion on path to sustainability (13 July 2018)

The fashion industry has seen a spectacular growth in the early 21st century. It is now valued at more than 2.5 trillion dollars and employs over 75 million people worldwide. Between 2000 and 2014, clothing production doubled with the average consumer buying 60 percent more pieces of garment ...
UNECE joins global coalition to improve fire safety in buildings through industry standards (12 July 2018)

The Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017 has brought under the spotlight the need for a coherent global approach to fire safety. That fire -  the worst in the UK for almost a century that claimed 72 lives - not only focused attention on building and fire safety in the United Kingdom but ...
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 ...
Georgia should continue implementing comprehensive road safety actions, finds new UN report (04 July 2018)

Despite significant efforts in recent years with the adaption of national action plans, the state of road safety in Georgia remains worrying, with the number of road accidents and fatalities more than twice as high as the EU average.  With a fatality rate of 15.6/100,000 inhabitants in 2016, ...
Mexico to test the use of UNFC to manage the social and environmental aspects of petroleum projects (04 July 2018)

Mexico is one of the major petroleum producers in the western hemisphere. It has a long history of oil and gas production, yet a vast potential remains to be developed. The country has taken firm steps to bring some of its potential conventional and unconventional petroleum resources into ...
Regional efforts for a global vision: UNECE at the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (02 July 2018)

Are we on track to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? When governments and key stakeholders gather next week for the High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (9-18 July), they will have their hands full as they take stock on where we stand and how to advance with the ...
River flow regulation, sedimentation and renewable energy investment the core of a new project in the Drina River Basin in the Western Balkans (27 June 2018)

Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia have agreed to jointly investigate options for formalizing river flow regulation, occurrence of erosion and sedimentation, as well as ways to promote investment into renewable energy in the framework of a new project funded by the Italian Ministry for ...
UNECE joins the International Coalition for Green Development on the Belt and Road (25 June 2018)

The Belt and Road Initiative, which aims to enhance connectivity between countries stretching from Asia to Europe and Africa, has enormous potential to accelerate development, drive trade and boost economic growth. To fully harness the benefits of this ambitious initiative, it will be essential to ...
2.5 million ha committed to the Bonn Challenge by the Caucasus and Central Asia (22 June 2018)

Over 2.5 million ha of forest landscape will be restored by countries in the Caucasus and Central Asia under the Bonn Challenge by 2030. The commitment was made by Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan at the first Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration ...
Chief Statisticians adopt Guidance on statistical legislation to support independence, integrity and accountability of official statistics (22 June 2018)

Strong legal backing is a key element for countries to ensure the production of impartial and reliable statistics according to the United Nations Fundamental Principles of Official Statistics. This will be especially relevant when developing statistics in the context of the 2030 Agenda for ...
UNECE works on global methodology to measure on-road car emissions (21 June 2018)

Reducing the variations between vehicle emissions measured in laboratory and on-road conditions has become an important dimension of efforts to tackle the environmental and health impact of cars. This comes as the need to improve air quality is gaining increasing recognition, especially in ...
UNECE and Pennsylvania State University sign MOU on High Performance Buildings (31 May 2018)

Buildings are central to meeting the challenges of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 2016 Paris Climate Agreement. In the developed world, buildings consume more than 70 percent of the electrical power generated and 40 percent of primary energy. Additionally, ...
The first United Smart Cities SMART CITY LAB opened in Vienna, supporting co-creation of solutions for smart sustainable cities worldwide (30 May 2018)

According to United Nations estimates, around two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Smart sustainable cities technologies and approaches, including those based on ICT solutions and Internet of Things (IoT) are already helping people to overcome multiple challenges ...
Wood energy is no sleeping giant, say UNECE/FAO experts (24 May 2018)

If we try to picture how humanity can “ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all by the year 2030” (Sustainable Development Goal 7), solar panels, wind turbines, geothermal plants, heat pumps, tidal power plants or other technical solutions come to mind. But ...
Accession of Saudi Arabia to UN TIR Convention to boost trade by facilitating cross-border movement of goods (22 May 2018)

Saudi Arabia has become the 74th Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system. Joining the Convention facilitates trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across borders. More than 30% of global trade crosses the Red Sea, making Saudi ...
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 ...
Georgia is among the top trade reformers in the region - UNECE study (03 May 2018)

With its lean institutional set-up and paperless trading environment, Georgia stands among the top trade reformers in the UNECE region. This is the main conclusion of the UNECE Study on regulatory and procedural barriers to trade in the country, presented today in Geneva. Today, it takes 30 minutes ...
UN/CEFACT wants to harness the potential of the Internet of Things to facilitate trade (27 April 2018)

Internet of Things (IoT) devices are ushering in a new era of efficiency in global trade using sensors and other connected devices. The United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) has recognized the need to study the use of IoT for trade facilitation and the ...
UNECE, ITU and partners accelerate action under the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) (27 April 2018)

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are key to reach the objectives set out by the United Nations for cities, particularly the Sustainable Development Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.    They are also crucial to ...
UNECE and EuroGeoSurveys to promote the sustainable management of all resources (26 April 2018)

Sustainable resource management is increasingly recognized in Europe as a matter of singular importance to ensure the well-being of society. The achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals hinges greatly on access to energy and raw material resources. UNECE and EuroGeoSurveys (EGS) will be ...
UNECE supports Housing Sector Reforms in Ukraine (26 April 2018)

Ukraine is facing multiple challenges related to its housing sector. Housing is not affordable, especially to vulnerable groups of the population, including young people entering the labor market and low-income families. The housing affordability index, which is calculated as a ratio between the ...
Ministers call for accrued efforts to embrace the full potential of Inland Navigation for sustainable development (18 April 2018)

Inland Navigation has an important role to play to advance the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.  Its advantages in terms of high safety level, efficiency in energy use and costs, as well as low emissions could offer key contributions to reducing transport and ...
Renewable energy is growing in the UNECE region, but uptake is lagging far behind targets and ambitions (13 April 2018)

In 2014, the UNECE region accounted for 42% of global GDP, 40% of the world’s total primary energy supply and 34% of global carbon emissions from fossil fuel combustion. It is the only region which has substantially increased the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix in the last ...
Launch of United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund (12 April 2018)

An estimated 1.25 million people are killed every year in road traffic crashes, and up to 50 million more are injured, often seriously. Beyond human suffering, road traffic deaths and injuries cause significant economic losses to individuals and societies, keeping millions of people in poverty and ...
UNECE and the Institute of Road Traffic Education sign MoU to leverage impact of UN road safety conventions (19 March 2018)

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and up to 50 million are injured in road traffic accidents, making it one of the most pressing health emergencies of our time. Every day 500 children lose their lives because of road accidents. It is the leading cause of death for young people aged 15 to 29 ...
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 ...
Countdown to the 2020 global and European forest assessments (07 March 2018)

Forests are fundamental to sustainable development, from their role as carbon sinks and the vital ecosystem services they perform, to the many wood-based products and renewable energy they provide. Monitoring the status of forests to ensure their sustainable management is therefore essential if ...
Regional Forum on Sustainable Development: a “Springboard for future action” (06 March 2018)

How can we make the ambitious 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality in the diverse UNECE region?  Responding to this overarching question, about 600 participants, including government representatives from more than 50 countries, converged in Geneva on 1-2 March ...
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 ...
Uganda urgently needs to move from Policy to Action to improve Road Safety, says first Road Safety Performance Review (28 February 2018)

The number of road traffic fatalities reported in Uganda has increased seven-fold over the past 25 years and 10 people die every day due to road traffic injuries, according to the first United Nations Road Safety Performance Review, which was launched in Kampala today. The review, conducted by the ...
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 ...
UNECE standards on digitalization to enhance efficiency in international transportation of goods by road (26 February 2018)

International standards and harmonized processes can boost trade by enabling countries and companies to cut costs and reduce bureaucracy. The digitalization of these standards brings additional efficiency gains, further multiplying the benefits of their use. UNECE has taken another step towards ...
New tool to help harness potential of data-driven decision making for improved road safety (20 February 2018)

Every year 1.25 million people are killed and around 50 million are injured in road traffic crashes, often seriously, making improving road safety among one of the most pressing health emergencies of our time. In this context, identifying specific road safety challenges and designing targeted ...
UNECE launches Team of Specialists to support action for sustainable fisheries (31 January 2018)

Overfishing and illegal, unreported or unregulated fishing (IUU) accounts for one-fourth of the fish resources in the oceans and cost a staggering USD 23 billion. As a result, future fish stocks are at risk of depletion, ocean biodiversity is impacted and the economic security of legitimate fishery ...
Accession of Qatar to UN TIR Convention will facilitate the movement of goods across borders (26 January 2018)

Qatar has become the 73rd Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system, to facilitate trade and the seamless and secure movement of goods across its borders. Qatar’s accession is an important milestone for improving road and multimodal ...
UNECE supports modernization of seed-potato cultivation, quality control and certification in the Russian Federation and CIS (26 January 2018)

With the official opening of a modern in vitro laboratory for seed potato cultivation, quality control and virus elimination, at Shushari, near Sankt Petersburg, on 26 January, UNECE finalized a multiyear project financed by the Russian Federation that significantly raised the quality of seed ...
UNECE study highlights potential of rail for sustainable transport systems, but no “one size fits all” approach to railway reform (25 January 2018)

Rail can play an important role as part of sustainable transport systems, supporting enhanced connectivity within and between countries for the efficient movement of people and goods. While the proportion of transport by rail has been growing over recent years across many countries in the UNECE ...
2018 Regional Forum on Sustainable Development to foster exchange of experiences and solutions for SDG implementation in the UNECE region (25 January 2018)

The 2030 Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is the most ambitious agenda ever adopted by the United Nations. It calls for collaborative action by all countries and all stakeholders to eradicate poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change by 2030. The vision is clear ...
Accession of State of Palestine to UN TIR Convention (03 January 2018)

The State of Palestine has become the 72nd Contracting Party to the United Nations’ TIR Convention, the only global customs transit system, which facilitates trade and the secure movement of goods across borders. The TIR Convention (1975), which facilitates the transport of goods between ...