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List of Press Releases - 2017-12

Ministers from Europe and Beyond Sign Resolution to Support Inland Transport Committee (24 February 2017)

Transport ministers from across Europe and the Globe came together at the 70th anniversary session of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC) to sign a ministerial resolution, which not only recognizes the 70 years of accomplishments of ITC but also commits to continuing to support the Committee ...
The UN Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) approves a new Recommendation on Public-Private Partnerships in Trade Facilitation (23 February 2017)

The port of Aqaba, Jordan’s only sea port, was reformed in 2004 through a public-private partnership (PPP), which helped to reduce average port stays from 8 days to a few hours. Port productivity has more than tripled and the cost to export per 20-foot container dropped from USD 720 in 2004 to ...
UNECE welcomes ratification of Trade Facilitation Agreement by WTO Members and pledges full support for implementation (22 February 2017)

Today, the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has formally entered into force. This will cut total trade costs for about 14% on average, and will result in massive savings of over 1 trillion USD annual to economies, the majority of which will accrue to developing economies.  “The first ...
Awards of 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival raise awareness about the fatal consequences of drink driving and distracted driving (21 February 2017)

UNECE and Life announced today the winners of the 2017 Global Road Safety Film Festival. Among the top three winners were a film about drink driving, and two films about distracted driving. The winner of the Gran Prix Prize, “Reflections from Inside Dawn” produced by NGO “We save lives” ...
UNECE prepares guidance on fire-water retention to avoid another Sandoz accident (02 February 2017)

Thirty years ago, one of the worst environmental disasters in Europe was caused by a fire breaking out in an agrochemical warehouse at a Sandoz pharmaceutical company site near Basel, Switzerland. It was not the accident itself that caused the real disaster, but the contaminated fire-water — ...
Coordinating assessment of water, energy and agricultural needs among riparians is key to sustainable development in the Sava River Basin (01 February 2017)

For all the countries sharing the Sava River Basin (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia and Slovenia), hydropower is a major source of energy, sometimes the main source (i.e., in Montenegro and in Croatia). Collectively, hydropower in from the Sava River constitutes 11% of the total ...
Third Environmental Performance Review of Albania kicks off with a field mission (31 January 2017)

Experts from UNECE member States and the secretariat will be visiting Albania from 31 January to 8 February 2017 for a field mission in the framework of the third environmental performance review (EPR) of the country. The third review of Albania will evaluate the country’s efforts to abate ...
UNECE launches Ideas4Change for the SDGs Award (25 January 2017)

The adoption of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda with its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in 2015 marked a key milestone for the world.  It is now time to take action and to find concrete solutions that can help countries achieve their commitments under these ambitious ...
UNECE signs MoU with the World Coal Association (19 January 2017)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the World Coal Association (WCA) signed today a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that formalizes their long-term collaboration. Through this MoU, UNECE and WCA will work to facilitate a dialogue between governments and the coal ...
Modest global economic recovery expected, but return to robust and sustained growth remains elusive: UN report (17 January 2017)

Concerted policy efforts to revive investment and growth are needed to facilitate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals  Although a modest global recovery is projected for 2017-18, the world economy has not yet emerged from the period of slow growth, characterised by weak ...
CIS region expected to see tentative recovery in 2017 and 2018 as global economy slightly improves: UN report (17 January 2017)

Regional growth will still be muted given persistent uncertainty and continued fragilities Following the terms-of-trade shock and economic downturn of 2014-2015, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region entered a period of tentative stabilization in 2016 and is expected to return to ...
Economic growth in Europe will remain subdued in 2017 and 2018: UN report (17 January 2017)

Domestic demand and intra-European trade will support economic activity amid a challenging international environment Economic activity in Europe will expand at a subdued pace in 2017 and 2018, as the global economy continues to be trapped in a prolonged period of slow growth, according to the ...