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List of Press Releases - 2015-21

UNECE and IRU sign MoU on the computerization of the TIR procedure (eTIR) (27 March 2015)

An electronic TIR system could greatly improve the efficiency, speed and transparency of the TIR system, reduce administrative burdens and increase efficiency of international freight. This is why UNECE and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on ...
Financing for Development: regional dimension critical on the way to Addis Ababa and beyond (25 March 2015)

2015 is a landmark year, providing a historical opportunity to chart a new era of sustainable development.  Mobilising the required financing will be key to ensure that change actually happens. Financing needs are huge. Investment requirements in infrastructure only are estimated at $5-7 ...
New E-book Highlights Africa’s Road Safety Challenges, Calls for Continued Efforts (23 March 2015)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), and the International Alliance for Responsible Drinking (IARD) launched a publication today focused on improving road safety and reducing drink driving in Africa. Preventing Drink ...
Forests in the Northern Hemisphere are growing but reforms are needed to maximise their economic and social use (20 March 2015)

While forest cover is expanding in the UNECE region, with an increase over the last 15 years of a total area of approximately the size of the United Kingdom, the income generated by forests and the related sectors is declining, the job force is shrinking, and many forest related services could be ...
Wildfires are increasingly dangerous in the UNECE region (18 March 2015)

Between 2011 and 2014, more than 776 people were killed and 532,000 evacuated in wildfire situations worldwide, and a total of 16,100 houses were destroyed. Based on modelling it is estimated that annual human mortality due to inhalation of fire-generated particulate matter (PM2.5) may reach ...
UNECE @ Sendai, #WCDRR (17 March 2015)

The Third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR) is taking place in Sendai  (14-18 March), Japan, four years to the date after the tragic events of the Great Japanese Earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdowns, which were among the many disasters that, altogether, have led to ...
Jordan initiates study of the UNECE Water Convention (17 March 2015)

Jordan has decided to study the implications of joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), launching the process on 10 March 2015 with a national workshop on ...
UNECE helps Kyrgyzstan identify more efficient irrigation technologies (17 March 2015)

The introduction of sprinkler or drip irrigation in place of surface irrigation could boost agricultural productivity in Kyrgyzstan — where the agriculture sector consumes some 90 per cent of available water resources — while significantly reducing water use. These preliminary findings of a ...
PPPs for Smart and Sustainable Cities - New Specialist Centre in Barcelona (05 March 2015)

Barcelona will host the International Specialist Centre on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Smart and Sustainable Cities, as part of the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence. UNECE and IESE Business School – one of the leading business schools in Europe – signed a Memorandum of ...
UNECE welcomes extension of the guaranteeing agreement between the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation and the Association of International Road Carriers (27 February 2015)

The Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS) decided on 26 February to prolong the agreement with the Association of International Road Carriers (ASMAP) until 30 June 2015, thus guaranteeing the implementation of the TIR Convention in the Russian Federation until that date. This was ...
From MDGs to SDGs – what have we learned? (26 February 2015)

Before we embark on the most ambitious development agenda ever as expressed by the proposed Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), we must learn from the past. The experience with implementing and monitoring the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) holds many lessons for the SDGs. These lessons are ...
Informal settlements remain a challenge in the pan-European region (25 February 2015)

In 2014, there were some 3.5 million informal buildings (i.e. constructed without building permits) in South-Eastern Europe, including approximately 2,500,000 in Greece; 500,000 in Albania; 350,000 in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia; and 130,000 in Montenegro.  In spite of the ...
The UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) approves a new Recommendation on consultation approaches in trade facilitation matters (18 February 2015)

A new UNECE Recommendation (No. 40) on consultation approaches in trade facilitation matters was approved on 16 February by the  UN/CEFACT Plenary at its 21th session.  Consultations will help governments and organizations prioritize agendas and communicate results which will build trust ...
Tajikistan to use UNECE recommendations for removing barriers to trade in its national development plan (18 February 2015)

Tajikistan will use UNECE recommendations for removing regulatory and procedural barriers to trade as a core part of its new development strategy. This strategy, which is currently being finalized by the government, will set out medium and long-term socio-economic development goals,   for the ...
UNECE announces the members of the Jury of the Ideas for change Award (12 February 2015)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has introduced the members of the jury of the Ideas for Change Award. The jury, led by Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of the UNECE, will be composed by: -Brigitte Baumann - Founder and CEO of Go Beyond Early Stage ...
UNECE to discuss first international regulatory steps concerning automated-driving (10 February 2015)

As self-driving cars slowly edge towards commercial reality, with companies such as Mercedes-Benz, Continental, Tesla, Denso, or Google getting in gear, regulatory action has already started at UNECE. Under the auspices of the World Forum for harmonization of vehicle regulations, the UNECE Working ...
Lebanon to consider joining UNECE Water Convention following Beirut workshop (10 February 2015)

Lebanon announced its interest in joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) during a national workshop on the Convention, “Key aspects and opportunities for ...
UNECE releases set of indicators of gender equality (05 February 2015)

In recent years, the demand for statistical information on gender equality by the media, policymakers and the scientific world has grown considerably together with the rapid and substantial changes that have characterized the lifestyles of men and women in society. The need for better statistics to ...
Belarus joins the UNECE Agreement on global vehicle regulations (23 January 2015)

On 3 March 2015 Belarus will become a Contracting Party to the 1998 Agreement on Global Vehicle Regulations. The 1998 Agreement is the legal framework for the development of global technical regulations for vehicles and their components, with the aim of increasing their active and passive safety, ...
Europe’s slow recovery still fragile, warns UN report (19 January 2015)

, 19 January—Europe continues to recover moderately from the global financial crisis of 2008, but tensions in Ukraine and other risks could send Europe back into a recession, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) released today. Gross domestic product ...
Global economy to improve marginally, but mounting uncertainties and risks could undermine economic growth, says UN (19 January 2015)

New York, 19 January—Global economic growth is forecast to increase marginally over the next two years, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2015 (WESP) report, launched today. The global economy is expected to grow 3.1 per cent in 2015 and 3.3 per cent in 2016, ...