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List of Press Releases - 2018-30

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 ...