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List of Press Releases - 2014-103

30 years after Bhopal: UNECE countries meet to enhance industrial safety and transboundary cooperation (26 November 2014)

On 3 December 2014, 30 years to the day after the largest chemical accident in human history occurred in Bhopal, India, the eighth meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents ...
UNECE member States adopt recommendations on Carbon Capture and Storage on the road to the Paris Climate Conference (24 November 2014)

UNECE member States agreed on recommendations to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on how Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) and CCS for Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) should be treated in a Post-Kyoto Protocol Agreement. The agreement was made on 20 November during the ...
UNECE promotes smart urban solutions for a better future  (20 November 2014)

What is the future of our cities? How can we meet our citizens’ needs? How can we help to improve the urban environment and make efficient use of our cities’ resources? With the rapid increase of urbanization, today, 50 percent of the world’s population live in cities, and, by 2050, this ...
UNECE Road Map for Mainstreaming Ageing in Georgia launched (20 November 2014)

The UNECE is launching the Road Map for Mainstreaming Ageing in Georgia, a document to guide the country in strengthening its policy response to population ageing. The report is the result of more than a year’s research, including a desk review of existing policies, contributions from national ...
North America developments to help the Russian forest sector  (19 November 2014)

The North American forest sector experienced a steep decline in the wake of the 2008 global economic crisis, due to the associated downturn in the housing market. Most single-family homes in North America are built with wood, and this downturn had devastating effects on the domestic forest-based ...
UNECE Forum discusses how technology can help to improve mobility  (18 November 2014)

Lead experts  in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) gathered in Brussels for a two-day workshop this week to discuss how technology can be better used to create a driving and transportation culture that contributes to safe, efficient and sustainable mobility in the coming ...
UNECE to help Armenia reform innovation policies (18 November 2014)

On the occasion of the official launch of the UNECE Innovation Performance Review of Armenia in Yerevan on 14 November 2014, the two sides agreed to cooperate on innovation policy reform. Under the agreement, which is to be signed at the 66th session of the Economic Commission for Europe in April ...
UNECE signs MoU with the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century  (18 November 2014)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in Geneva during the first session of the UNECE Group of Experts on Renewable Energy. The two organizations formalize ...
Forest Products Markets in the UNECE region still recovering from the 2008 crisis (17 November 2014)

Despite improving conditions in the five years since the economic crisis hit bottom in 2009, production output for the major forest products in the UNECE Region (Europe, the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and North America) are still 10-15% below the average annual output for the four ...
Sustainable management increases Forests' carbon sequestration function in the UNECE region (17 November 2014)

The UNECE region hosts an incredibly vast forested area: 1.89 billion hectares—twice the size of China or roughly four times the size of the whole European Union. This vast body of forests plays a very important role in climate change mitigation trough carbon sequestration. In addition, it ...
UNECE celebrates 35 years of successful cooperation for cleaner air and human well-being in the region (12 November 2014)

On this day 35 years ago, 34 Governments and the European Community signed the Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution (Air Convention) out of a growing awareness that the ecological and human health problems throughout the region were caused by air pollution which did not respect ...
UNECE and partners raise the Road Safety flag in Africa (12 November 2014)

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia - The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Center for Alcohol Policies (ICAP) organized a two-day workshop, in cooperation with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), aimed at raising awareness of UN road safety ...
UNFC - a tool for good governance of mineral resources in Africa (12 November 2014)

Good governance of mineral resources is critical for sustainable development in Africa.  This message is being reinforced in Johannesburg this week at the Regional Technical Workshop on UNFC with a focus on uranium resources. The United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and ...
Member States issue urgent call for action to achieve gender equality at Beijing+20 Regional Review Meeting (12 November 2014)

On 6 -7 November 2014, over 500 stakeholders from UNECE member States’ governments, civil society, academia, international organizations and the private sector came together at the Palais des Nations to review the progress and setbacks of the past 20 years in the implementation of the Beijing ...
UNECE facilitates negotiation of a technical protocol on transboundary water cooperation between Belarus and Lithuania (04 November 2014)

On 30 and 31 October 2014, Belarus and Lithuania negotiated a bilateral technical protocol on transboundary water cooperation for the shared Neman River Basin, facilitated by UNECE and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Belarus, in the framework of the project “River Basin Management ...
The Executive Secretaries of the five UN Regional Commissions issue joint call for action to accelerate the transition to sustainable energy (03 November 2014)

The Executive Secretaries of the five United Nations Regional Commissions are issuing a joint call for action to accelerate the transition to sustainable and fair energy, on the occasion of the 5th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Hammamet, Tunisia. The Forum will ...
UNECE Executive Secretary participates in conference on sustainable development in the Aral Sea Basin  (28 October 2014)

The drying out of the Aral Sea is one of the gravest environmental catastrophes in human history. It has had severe implications for the environment and the climate in the region, as well as for the health and development of the more than 60 million people living in the Aral Sea Basin. To ...
United Nations Regional Commissions join forces to conduct a Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation, in collaboration with OECD (22 October 2014)

To implement Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade, it is important for countries to be able to periodically measure progress and exchange experiences on respective practices. Having agreed on this need, the five UN Regional Commissions, namely, United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRC) including ...
Regional Review meeting to explore status of women in the UNECE region 20 years after the Beijing Platform for Action (21 October 2014)

In the lead up to the 20th anniversary commemoration of the landmark Beijing Platform for Action, considered the most comprehensive agenda on women’s rights, UNECE has undertaken a review of the implementation of the Platform by its Member States. The results of this review will be the focus of ...
Forests in the UNECE region are expanding, but urbanization remains a major threat (20 October 2014)

The UNECE region as a whole has 1.89 billion ha of forest land, 41.4% of the global total, as compared to 34.8% of global land area and 18.3% of the population.  The region’s share of the world’s forests is one percentage point more than ten years ago because UNECE region forests have ...
UNECE to consider incorporating Smart Specialisation into its policy advice on innovation (20 October 2014)

UNECE will incorporate new approaches to innovation at the regional level in its policy advice to Governments, including in upcoming national Innovation Performance Reviews for Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus. This is one of the outcomes of an international conference on “Smart ...
UNECE and partners raise the Road Safety flag in South-Eastern Europe  (15 October 2014)

With someone killed or injured on the world’s road every six seconds, the governments of Eastern and South-Eastern Europe take a step towards changing that statistic this week by working together to find ways to better coordinate and improve road safety. The two day workshop (15-16 October), ...
Turkmenistan studies benefits of joining UNECE environmental agreements on water and health and industrial accidents (12 October 2014)

On Friday, 10 October 2014 the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) concluded four days of trainings in Ashgabat for Turkmen government representatives to familiarize them with two UNECE environmental treaties: the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents ...
UNECE study shows that housing is the least affordable human right (09 October 2014)

“Access to decent and affordable housing is a fundamental human need and right. However, housing is the least affordable human right.” This is the main finding of the study Models, challenges and trends in social housing in the UNECE region, presented at the 75th session of the UNECE Committee ...
UNECE delegates agree on a Charter on Sustainable Housing (07 October 2014)

The countries of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) face challenges in the housing sector that directly impact their citizens’ quality of life and the environment. Desiring to assist them, the UNECE Committee on Housing and Land Management agreed on the text of a Charter on ...
UNECE encourages us all to live in Greener and Smarter Homes on World Habitat Day (07 October 2014)

Every year on World Habitat Day, we are encouraged to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and how we can improve them. We are also called upon to remember that we all have the power and the responsibility to shape their future. For this year’s World Habitat Day on 8 October the UNECE ...
Christian Friis Bach is officially sworn in as UNECE Executive Secretary by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon  (01 October 2014)

On 2 October 2014, Christian Friis Bach was officially sworn in as UNECE Executive Secretary by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in a ceremony held at the Council Chamber in the Palais des Nations in Geneva in the form of a Town Hall meeting with UNECE staff. In his opening speech, the ...
UNECE supporting regional Trade Facilitation in the Black Sea Region  (30 September 2014)

Members of the Organization of Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC), including  Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Ukraine, have decided to develop a regional trade facilitation strategy, modelled on proposals made by UNECE, Turkey, Greece and ...
UNECE signs MoU with the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) (24 September 2014)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today in New York, in the aftermath of the 2014 Climate Summit. With this MoU the two organizations formalize their cooperation with a view to ...
Regional Ministerial Consultation calls for strong and participatory accountability for the post-2015 agenda at all levels (22 September 2014)

The Regional Ministerial Consultation “Monitoring and Accountability for the Post-2015 Development Agenda –The Regional Dimension” discussed how to give ‘teeth’ to a non-legally binding framework that will formulate an ambitious agenda of transformation towards sustainability for all ...
UNECE signs MoU with the International Geothermal Association to develop a global classification system for geothermal resources (18 September 2014)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Geothermal Association (IGA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to develop a globally applicable harmonized standard for reporting geothermal resources. Such a standard will ensure greater consistency and ...
The UNECE Region and Global Urban Development Priorities  (17 September 2014)

 “As we work to formulate the post-2015 development agenda, the role of urbanization in supporting sustainable development is becoming increasingly important. The United Nations should continue to promote equitable urban development in our human settlements, villages, towns, cities and ...
The Green Economy: a real goal or just an excuse to promote forests?  (17 September 2014)

Forests are ' natural' suppliers to a green economy. The sustainability of wood as a material is proven; the ecological functions and ecosystem services that they provide are undeniable. The challenge for countries is how to enhance this contribution, while strengthening the sustainability of the ...
UNECE and the Philippines to develop international best practices in Public-Private Partnerships in health (11 September 2014)

Following a meeting between Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health, and Geoffrey Hamilton, Chief of UNECE’s Public-Private Partnerships Section, at the Department of Health, Manila, Philippines, the International Specialist Centre of Excellence on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Health ...
UNECE Ministerial Consultation to discuss accountability for the post-2015 development agenda (09 September 2014)

In about one year, the UN Member States are expected to adopt a new development framework that will succeed the expiring Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The post-2015 development agenda will be a universal and transformative agenda with goals for all countries. It will be centered around a set ...
UNECE Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment becomes a global instrument (26 August 2014)

Through the entry into force yesterday, 26 August 2014, of its first amendment, the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context is now open to all United Nations Member States. “This opening will fill an important gap in international law and will further ...
UNECE and OSCE train participants from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on cross-border trade and trade facilitation (23 July 2014)

A three-day workshop for participants from Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan on simplifying and harmonizing procedures for international trade concluded at the OSCE Border Management Staff College in Dushanbe on 23 July. Its objective was to reduce trade costs, and boost commercial flows to ...
International Organizations Commit to Coordinated Assistance for Implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (21 July 2014)

Responding to the clear needs of developing, least-developed and transition economies for technical assistance, capacity building and support in implementing and securing long term benefits from the World Trade Organization Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA); the United Nations Economic Commission ...
The Secretary-General appoints Christian Friis Bach of Denmark as the next Executive Secretary of UNECE (09 July 2014)

The United Nations Secretary-General announced yesterday that he had appointed Christian Friis Bach of Denmark as the next Executive Secretary of UNECE. He will replace Sven Alkalaj of Bosnia and Herzegovina, to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the ...
Parties to UNECE treaties on public participation in environmental matters join forces to increase transparency, protect whistle-blowers and promote environmental democracy  (08 July 2014)

More than 400 participants from some 50 countries gathered in Maastricht, the Netherlands, last week to attend the fifth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus ...
UNECE Adopts New Test to make cars more Pedestrian Friendly  (08 July 2014)

Serious and fatal injuries from car accidents involving pedestrians will be dramatically reduced making walking and cycling safer as a result of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) adopting a new impact testing method for automakers.  Embracing the latest technological ...
Albania launches work on a national roadmap for an energy-efficient residential sector with UNECE support  (07 July 2014)

The need for an energy-efficient housing sector is stronger than ever. In the UNECE region, buildings are responsible for approximately one third of total final energy consumption. Three quarters of this energy consumption is by the residential sector. Improving the energy performance of ...
Montenegro becomes the fortieth Party to the UNECE Water Convention  (03 July 2014)

On 23 June 2014, Montenegro joined the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) and the amendments to the Convention that allow accession by countries outside the UNECE region. ...
TIR Executive Board takes note of last minute decision by the Russian Customs to extend the use of TIR Carnets until 30 November 2014  (30 June 2014)

The TIR Executive Board (TIRExB) held its 59th session on 30 June and 1 July 2014, just hours before the announced termination of the guarantee agreement between the Federal Customs Service of the Russian Federation (FCS) and the national TIR guarantor (ASMAP). The restrictions placed by FCS on ...
Experts from Belarus and Lithuania agree to strengthen technical cooperation on shared water resources in the Neman River Basin (25 June 2014)

On 19 and 20 June 2014, experts and representatives from environmental authorities in Belarus, Lithuania and the Kaliningrad oblast of the Russian Federation met in Vilnius to discuss the results of the draft strategic framework for basin adaptation in the Neman Basin, as well as options for future ...
UNECE finalizes research mission in Uzbekistan to prepare country profile on housing and land management (19 June 2014)

Due to rapid population growth, Uzbekistan faces challenges in the provision of housing and infrastructure. With about half of Uzbekistan’s population living in rural areas, the development and the improvement of rural living standards is particularly important. In order to address the situation, ...
UNECE helps Greece improve its trade competitiveness (19 June 2014)

In 2012 UNECE participated in the Task Force set up by the European Union to help Greece design a holistic national Trade Facilitation Strategy. In October 2012 the Greek Government approved the Trade Facilitation Roadmap 2013-2015, which aims at helping the country develop sustainable exports. ...
Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals: the essential role of Sustainable Forest Management (16 June 2014)

Experts met in Geneva on June 16 for the Second Workshop on Forests and Sustainable Development Goals to discuss whether and how the essential role played by forests in sustainable development is currently reflected in the SDGs. In the day-long workshop participants agreed upon the essential role ...
Contracting Parties to the TIR Convention urge the Russian Federation to lift restrictions on the TIR Convention (15 June 2014)

The Administrative Committee of the TIR Convention held an extraordinary high-level session on 12 June 2014. The high level delegations of ministries of Finance, ministries of Transport, national Customs authorities, and diplomatic representatives of some Contracting Parties came together to ...
Arab countries study the benefits of joining the UNECE Water Convention (12 June 2014)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) can be a source of inspiration for progress in the management of shared surface waters and groundwaters in the Arab region and ...
Parties to UNECE treaties adopt declaration on applying environmental assessment procedures to nuclear energy issues (12 June 2014)

On 10 June 2014 – Parties to the Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment adopted a declaration on the application of these instruments to nuclear energy issues last week at back to back sessions of the ...
The UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment now a global instrument (12 June 2014)

Parties to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and its Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment decided last week to turn the Protocol into a fully global instrument and to simplify the future accession of non-United Nations Economic ...
UNFC development continues: rules for application to renewables released for public comment (11 June 2014)

Generic specifications (rules of application) for the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC) to renewable energy were released today for public comment. Comments are invited from all relevant constituencies until ...
UNECE to help develop the management of information on the environment and water in Central Asia (11 June 2014)

Central Asia is facing growing challenges in the field of environment and water resources. Part of the problems – like the drying out of the Aral Sea or unsafe uranium tailings – is inherited from the past. Increasing environmental pollution and strain on water resources is the result of ...
Third Environmental Performance Review of the Republic of Moldova shows waste management and biodiversity conservation remain top priorities (04 June 2014)

Despite progress in recent years in the country’s policy framework related to the environment and sustainable development, the Republic of Moldova faces significant challenges with regard to wastewater management, municipal solid waste management and biodiversity conservation. These are the main ...
The Future of Forests –Planted, semi-natural and urban forests to prevail in 300 years  (04 June 2014)

On 22 May, to celebrate the International Day of Biodiversity, the Acting Director General of UNOG and Acting Executive Secretary of UNECE, Mr. Michael Møller, buried a bottle containing a message to future generations under a tree, in the garden of the Palais. When the tree dies in 300 years, the ...
UNECE and Partners Launch initiative to save lives at Level Crossings (02 June 2014)

Millions of near misses and over 6,000 deaths occur each year in the world at level crossings – where a road and railway tracks intersect. To raise awareness of this issue, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and partners have produced a film highlighting the dangers and ...
Energy issues to be at the centre of debates of the meeting of the Parties to UNECE Treaties on Environmental Assessment in June (27 May 2014)

Over 150 Government officials, representatives of international organizations, international financial institutions (IFIs), civil society, academia and other stakeholders from some 50 countries will meet in Geneva from 2 to 5 June to take stock of progress made in implementing environmental ...
Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Water Continues Water Sector Reforms in Tajikistan (25 May 2014)

On Friday, 23 May 2014, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue on Integrated Water Resources Management of Tajikistan discussed the state of water management reforms that the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) helped to design. Over 60 representatives of ...
UNECE and international agencies to reinforce cooperation on land management to better protect property rights and improve people’s lives (22 May 2014)

Sound land administration and land management support many goals of the United Nations, including secure tenure for peoples’ homes, environmental protection, disaster risk mitigation, conflict prevention and economic development. In the region of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ...
UNECE welcomes the entry into force of the United Nations Watercourses Convention (22 May 2014)

The 1997 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses (United Nations Watercourses Convention) will enter into force on 17 August 2014. The accession by Viet Nam to the United Nations Watercourses Convention on 19 May 2014 triggered its entry into ...
Celebrating the International Day of Biodiversity with a forest message in a bottle (21 May 2014)

An old forester tradition is to bury a message for future generations underneath the roots when a tree is planted. The message will lie there for decades—maybe centuries—until a future generation finds it. The message becomes a time capsule for posterity that bears reflections, hopes, and ...
UNECE finishes first Environmental Performance Review of Morocco  (20 May 2014)

On 21 May 2014, the first Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Morocco, undertaken by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in cooperation with the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), was launched in Rabat. The review reveals both progress in Morocco’s policy ...
21st Century Housing Challenges to be addressed through a Charter on Sustainable Housing (07 May 2014)

There are many challenges facing housing in the 21st Century in the UNECE region. The continuing economic crisis and high unemployment levels have limited access to affordable and healthy housing. The housing sector is responsible for some 40% of energy consumption and CO2 emissions also has an ...
Armenia prepares to ratify the UNECE Protocol on Water and Health: draft national water and health targets finalized  (06 May 2014)

On 6 May 2014 in Yerevan, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on water resources management approved the draft national water and health targets, prepared by the national expert group with support from the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). The targets ...
Information systems for smart cities and better lives (05 May 2014)

The major challenge for the governments today is how to provide people with a decent quality of life, while at the same time managing the pressures coming from overpopulation, rapid demographic growth, urbanization and climate change. Nowadays, half of the world’s inhabitants live in cities and ...
UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents takes further steps towards alignment with the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals and the improvement of industrial safety in the region (01 May 2014)

Representatives of the Parties to the Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents, gathered in Geneva on 28 and 29 April 2014 at the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Development of the Convention, unanimously agreed on a revised annex I to the Convention that will align it ...
We Are All Forest Dependent People (28 April 2014)

In 1958 Charles David Keeling began collecting carbon dioxide samples that became the basis for the first graph describing the build-up of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, the Keeling Curve. This is the most known story. The less known story is that the Keeling Curve also shows the universal ...
Kazakhstan to start process of joining UNECE Protocol on Water and Health (27 April 2014)

At a meeting on 24 April 2014 in Burabay, Kazakhstan, key stakeholders of the National Policy Dialogue on water resources Steering Committee of Kazakhstan recommended the initiation of the process of joining the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)-World Health Organization ...
UNECE/FAO to help Kazakhstan develop an action plan for the forest sector in a green economy (23 April 2014)

The joint UNECE/FAO Forestry and Timber Section, has been requested by the Ministry of Environment and Water Resources of Kazakhstan to assist its Committee of Forestry and Hunting to support the elaboration of its forestry development programme and action plan, with a view to enhance its ...
Forest Matters: from plan to action (23 April 2014)

At the invitation of the Government of the Russian Federation and with the support of the Russian Federal Forest Agency and the Ministry of Forestry of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan will host the 72nd Session of the UNECE Committee on Forests and the Forest Industry (COFFI), from 18 to 21 ...
Liquefied Natural Gas will be key to decarbonize the economy and improve energy security (14 April 2014)

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has the potential to turn the natural gas market into a truly global one, thus allowing natural gas to play a full role in transforming the energy system to underpin a sustainable future. In addition, in view of the uncertainties caused by recent geopolitical ...
UN/CEFACT commits full support to the implementation of the WTO Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement  (13 April 2014)

The 20th Plenary session of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) took place in Geneva from 10 to 11 April, alongside the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum attended by 150 experts from over 30 countries and International Organizations. Following the WTO Bali ...
Cycling can create at least 76 600 jobs and save 10 000 lives every year in major European cities (13 April 2014)

Over 76 600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10 000 lives would be saved if major European cities[1] reached the cycling modal share of Copenhagen. This is the conclusion of a new publication released today by UNECE and the WHO Regional Office ...
Belarus and Ukraine successfully completed the first pilot project on post-project analysis under the UNECE Espoo Convention (10 April 2014)

On Tuesday 15 April, the results of the first pilot project on post-project analysis under the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) will be presented and discussed in a subregional conference in Minsk. UNECE, together with the United ...
Acting Director-General of UNOG Michael Møller takes on functions of Acting Executive Secretary of UNECE (09 April 2014)

UNECE Executive Secretary Sven Alkalaj left his position upon expiry of his contract on 8 April 2014. The Secretary-General has thanked Mr. Alkalaj for his service to the United Nations and for his accomplishments, leadership and commitment towards the goals of the Economic Commission for ...
European Ministers of Transport, Health and Environment gather in Paris to agree common actions for healthy and sustainable mobility (14-16 April) (07 April 2014)

The Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment (4HLM) will be held in Paris from 14-16 April, hosted by the Government of France, under the auspices of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP). Run jointly by the United Nations Economic Commission ...
Turkmenistan to develop road map on integrated water resources management within the framework of UNECE Water Convention (06 April 2014)

On 3 April 2014 in Ashgabad, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on water resources management decided to develop a road map for implementation of the principles of integrated water resource management in Turkmenistan. Around 40 representatives of different stakeholders ...
UNECE develops cooperation on information management with Ministers of Environment in Central Asia (06 April 2014)

On 3 April in Dushanbe, Tajikistan the Inter-State Commission on Sustainable Development (ICSD) composed of Ministers of the Environment of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan adopted a decision inviting UNECE to provide assistance to the institutional and legal ...
UNECE Working Party on Land Administration is global model for supporting regional land governance (24 March 2014)

Activities of the UNECE Working Party on Land Administration were presented on 24 March at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, which has as its 2014 theme, “Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact”. The ...
Sustainable Forests for Sustainable Fashion at the UN in Geneva  (23 March 2014)

Forests for fashion – Fashion for Forests, on 21 March, was an event held to celebrate and advocate the linkages between sustainable fashion and sustainable forest management, and was organized by UNECE/FAO on the occasion of the International Day of Forests. Forests and fashion are related in ...
UNECE helped to complete another phase of Kyrgyzstan’s Chu Basin Management Plan  (19 March 2014)

On Thursday, 20 March, the Steering Committee of the Kyrgyz National Policy Dialogue on water resources discussed an expert assessment of the state of water reservoirs in the basin, along with a wide range of policies and projects in field of water. The United Nations Economic Commission for ...
UNECE adopts more accurate fuel efficiency and CO2 test for new cars (WLTP) (11 March 2014)

When buying a new car, customers will have a better understanding of the fuel consumption of the vehicle thanks to a new standard testing method agreed to at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The test cycle of the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Test Procedures ...
UNECE and FAO launch “Forests for Fashion-Fashion for Forests” initiative on International Day of Forests (10 March 2014)

Sustainable development is high on the United Nations agenda, but unfortunately, still a low priority in people’s lives, and very often not a principle driving business. Promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns calls not only for political will and commitment, but also for ...
UNECE and the International Sava River Basin Commission launch nexus assessment to promote intersectoral coordination on natural resources management  (05 March 2014)

On Tuesday, 4 March 2014, a three-day workshop started in Zagreb, Croatia, to assess the intersectoral and transboundary aspects of managing the water, land, ecosystem and energy resources of the Sava River Basin. Some 50 representatives of the relevant ministries and various interest groups from ...
Switzerland joins the Aarhus Convention and its amendment on genetically modified organisms (04 March 2014)

On 3 March 2014, Switzerland ratified the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and its amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO ...
UNECE supports transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with new knowledge on climate change and a new water management project (26 February 2014)

On 27 and 28 February in Bishkek the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bishkek Office and the national Kyrgyz authorities organized two meetings in support of the development of transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan ...
UNECE endorses new global code of practice for packing of containers (CTU Code) (26 February 2014)

Today the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) moved to protect the lives and safety of both workers and the general public by endorsing a new global code of practice for the handling and packing of shipping containers for transportation by sea and land.  According to the ...
Jordan calls for global opening of the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport  (25 February 2014)

The Minister of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lina Shbeeb, called today for the global opening of the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport (AETR). She made this call in a meeting with UNECE Executive Secretary Sven ...
Inland Transport Committee to discuss the transformational changes needed to achieve inclusive and sustainable transport and mobility (19 February 2014)

The challenge of the transition to sustainable mobility and transport and the role UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC) can play in addressing it will be at the heart of the discussions of the 76th annual session of ITC. Senior government officials, international transport organizations, the ...
Private sector stresses the Importance of the post-2015 Development agenda in shaping international PPP Best Practices  (17 February 2014)

A group of the world’s leading international companies involved in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have argued that international PPP best practices and standards should be inspired by the objectives in the post 2015 Development Agenda that is being developed under the aegis of the ...
UNECE signs Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Specialist Centre for PPPs in Roads, Highways and Related Structures (17 February 2014)

On 13 February, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Specialist Centre for PPPs in Roads, Highways and Related Structures with the Construction Industry Development Council of India on the occasion of the 8th ...
UNECE to present photo exhibit “E 40 – Image of the Road” during the 76th session of its Inland Transport Committee (13 February 2014)

A photo exhibit depicting a journey along the 8,000 kilometre long E40 European Highway from Calais, France, to Ridder, in northeast Kazakhstan near the Russian and Chinese borders, will showcase how operational inland transport between Europe and Asia is becoming a reality. The exhibit will open ...
UNECE to discuss the emerging landscape for innovation and Public-Private Partnerships financing  (10 February 2014)

The current environment for infrastructure and innovation financing will be the focus of the substantive segment of the Eighth session of the UNECE Committee on International Cooperation and Integration. . Participants will also consider policy options to support these two key drivers of economic ...
Forests in the UNECE region: UN works as one (09 February 2014)

On 6 February, UNECE confirmed its commitment to its work on forests in partnership with FAO in the region, with the Executive Committee’s decision to approve the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests for the period 2014-17.  The UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work is a very ...
Social housing back on countries’ political agendas in the UNECE region (04 February 2014)

Social housing in Europe is back on the political agenda of UNECE member States. The social housing sector in the majority of European Union member states has been shrinking since the 1980s.[1] More than thirty years of deregulation and privatisation of the social housing stock in Western Europe ...
UNECE to help Azerbaijan finalize its water sector strategy  (26 January 2014)

At a 23 January 2014 meeting in Baku, key stakeholders of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) Steering Committee of Azerbaijan agreed to finalize the State water strategy within the next few months. Development of the strategy has been supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ...
Global economy is improving, but remains vulnerable to new and old headwinds that could derail growth, says UN report (19 January 2014)

A bumpy exit from quantitative easing by major central banks poses risks for financial stability and global growth Global economic growth should increase over the next two years with continuing signs of improvement, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 ...
Slow recovery ahead as Europe emerges from recession, says UN report (19 January 2014)

Historically high unemployment will persist in Europe over next two years The end of the recession in Western Europe will bring an increase in economic activity in the region in 2014, but growth will be slow and high unemployment will persist, according to the United Nations World Economic ...
Economic growth in Commonwealth of Independent States weakened, but should pick up in 2014, says UN report (19 January 2014)

Unemployment declined, while inflation rates varied and capital flows remained volatile Economic growth in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Georgia weakened in 2013, but is expected to improve over the next two years, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and ...
UNECE assists Azerbaijan and Georgia to make another step towards sustainable management of the Kura River Basin (16 January 2014)

On Thursday, 16 January 2014, representatives of Azerbaijan and Georgia met in Baku to negotiate the text of a draft bilateral agreement on the shared water resources of the Kura River Basin as part of a joint United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) - Organization for Security and ...
The Republic of Moldova joins the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers  (07 January 2014)

Published: 8 January 2014 On 23 December 2013, the Republic of Moldova became the thirty-third Party to ratify the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Kyiv Protocol) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in ...
Governments in the Middle East learning from UNECE experiences of land and property administration (06 January 2014)

A fully functioning and well regulated real estate market is essential to ensure sustainable housing and promote economic growth. It can accelerate economic recovery in the short term, as well as sustainable development and greener economies in the long term. Promoting the sector is a driving force ...

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