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List of Press Releases - 2016-24

UNECE signs United Nations Partnership Framework for Development for 2016-2020 with Turkmenistan (23 May 2016)

UNECE will strengthen its support to Turkmenistan’s development efforts through the implementation of the United Nations Partnership Framework for Development (UNPFD) for the period 2016-2020, which was officially signed today in Geneva. In the next five years, UNECE will provide technical ...
Shaping smarter and more sustainable cities: UNECE and ITU launch the United for Smart Sustainable Cities global initiative (19 May 2016)

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are key to achieve the urban climate targets of lowering energy use and GHG emissions while boosting socio-economic growth.  Many cities around the world already claim to be “smart and sustainable”, but statistics and studies, show that ...
Ukraine joins UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (03 May 2016)

Yesterday, on 2 May 2016, Ukraine ratified the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, becoming the thirty-fourth Party to join this Protocol to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters ...
UN/CEFACT adopts the FLUX Standard for sustainable fisheries management (29 April 2016)

World fish stocks are being depleted by overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. This threatens not only the fish, but also the coastal communities that rely on fisheries for economic survival and a dependable food source. The importance of protecting this resource is recognized ...
UNECE International Specialist Centre on PPPs in Public Transport and Logistics inaugurated in China (26 April 2016)

The international Specialist Centre on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) in Public Transport and Logistics in China was officially inaugurated on 22 April in Beijing, in front of over 250 experts from the public and private sectors as well as top PPP experts from the academic community in ...
Land-use planning: Integrating industrial safety considerations into environmental assessments (13 April 2016)

In August 2015, massive explosions at a chemical warehouse in Tianjin, China, left some 139 people dead, more than 700 injured and 6,000 displaced, and damaged 17,000 homes in close proximity to the industrial site. Back in 2001, a chemical explosion at a warehouse in Toulouse, France, led to the ...
National Policy Dialogue process in Tajikistan celebrates adoption of Water Sector Reform Programme (13 April 2016)

On 12 April 2016 in Dushanbe, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on integrated water resources management marked the fifth anniversary of the dialogue process in the country and celebrated the Government approval of the Water Sector Reform Programme for 2016–2025. The ...
UNECE signs United Nations Development Assistance Framework for 2017-2021 with Montenegro (29 March 2016)

UNECE will strengthen its support to Montenegro’s development efforts for the period 2017-2021. This will be achieved through the implementation of a United Nations Development Assistance Framework, which was signed on 25 March 2016. Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs and ...
The link between forest and water is key to the 2030 Development Agenda (24 March 2016)

Forest ecosystems safeguard clean water supply, aquatic wildlife and increase landscape resilience to water-related hazards. As global demand for freshwater rises and demand for water resources increase, land managers and policy-makers need to carefully manage this resource.  “One third of ...
UNECE paves the way for automated driving by updating UN international convention (23 March 2016)

A major regulatory milestone towards the deployment of automated vehicle technologies will be attained on 23 March 2016 with the entry into force of amendments to the 1968 Vienna Convention on Road Traffic. As of that date, automated driving technologies transferring driving tasks to the vehicle ...
UNECE and UN-Habitat to launch pilot projects on monitoring the SDGs in Albania, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine (16 March 2016)

Developing a system to monitor the SDGs in different areas will be key to measure progress and ensure that targets can be met. In order to strengthen member States’ capacities for the development of evidence-based policies for sustainable housing and urban development, UNECE and UN-Habitat are ...
New UN Regulation keeps silent cars from becoming dangerous cars (09 March 2016)

“Silent cars” will no longer be dangerously silent thanks to a new regulation adopted by the UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) which requires acoustic warning devices on hybrid and electric cars.  While no car is completely silent unless it is turned off, ...
Special Rapporteur cites UNECE Aarhus Convention as a “leading example” in implementing human rights obligations relating to the environment (04 March 2016)

A human rights perspective on environmental protection not only promotes human dignity, equality and freedom, but also improves the effectiveness of policymaking generally. Ensuring that those most affected by development and environmental policies are able to obtain information, freely express ...
Wood continues to be the primary source of renewable energy in Europe (03 March 2016)

Wood energy accounts for 3.5% of the total primary energy supply (TPES) and 38.2% of the renewable energy supply (RES) in the UNECE region, making it the first source of renewable energy in the region. Woody biomass covers 21 to 23% of the primary energy demands of Finland and Sweden and 14 to 16% ...
New UN study points to ways to create sustainable inland transport (23 February 2016)

Europe has managed to decouple the increase in motorization and death on roads in the last several decades, due to the strong embrace of road safety measures and their enforcement, coupled with uniform high safety regulations for cars and systematic education of drivers, according to a new study ...
UN SG’s Special Envoy for Road Safety and UNECE call on Governments and the automotive industry to implement UN road safety legal instruments (10 February 2016)

The United Nations Secretary General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, and UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach call on Governments and the automotive industry to implement the United Nations road safety legal instruments. The call was made today at a meeting with the Geneva ...
Georgia ratifies GMO amendment to the Aarhus Convention (08 February 2016)

With Georgia’s ratification of the amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO amendment) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) the total number of the amendment's Parties raises ...
Parliament of Ukraine paves the way for ratification of the Kyiv Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (04 February 2016)

Yesterday, the Parliament of Ukraine approved with no objections the law on the ratification of the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (PRTRs), also known as the Kyiv Protocol. Ukraine will become the 34th Party to the Protocol when the law enters into force on the ninetieth ...
Belarus adopts Action Plan to implement Environmental Performance Review recommendations (28 January 2016)

The Deputy Prime Minister of Belarus has approved an Action Plan rolling out some 80 measures to address the recommendations contained in the Third UNECE Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Belarus. The adoption of the Action Plan reaffirms the country’s strong commitment to the EPR ...
UNECE and UNITAR partner to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (28 January 2016)

To help Member States implement the SDGs, two Geneva-based UN organizations, UNECE and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) are strengthening their cooperation to better promote best practices and standards in a range of areas. Joint initiatives are expected in ...
Global economy faces major headwinds – only a modest improvement projected for the next two years, says UN report (20 January 2016)

Targeted and coordinated policy efforts are needed to reduce uncertainties and revive investment and growth worldwide for achieving the Sustainable Development ...
Europe is the driving force behind world trade growth, says UN report (20 January 2016)

Economic prospects in the European Union and South-Eastern Europe have generally improved despite a slowdown in the world economy in 2015, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2016 report, launched today. The gains in the European Union and South-Eastern Europe ...
Rebuilding the ‘ancient silk road’ and transforming global trade routes through Public Private Partnerships (20 January 2016)

China’s ‘One Belt, One Road’ initiative, aimed at improving the connectivity between China and Europe along the ancient Silk Road as well by sea, will require massive investments in infrastructure. This will considerably improve infrastructure in both China and in neighbouring countries. ...
Pope Francis supports road safety in meeting with UN SG’s Special Envoy for Road safety (14 January 2016)

Pope Francis received today in a private audience, the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, accompanied by UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach. Jean Todt and Christian Friis Bach outlined today’s road safety challenge and the need for governments and ...