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List of Press Releases - 2015-56

Kyrgyzstan to remove trade barriers based on UNECE recommendations (03 September 2015)

As a core part of its new national sustainable development strategy, Kyrgyzstan will use UNECE recommendations as the basis for removing regulatory and procedural barriers to trade.  The Government expects that these, summarized in the study “Regulatory and Procedural Barriers to Trade in ...
UNECE supports trade facilitation in Central Asia (27 August 2015)

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan are landlocked countries a long distance from the closest seaports, which creates special challenges for their participation in international trade. As a result, trade facilitation and the elimination of unnecessary procedural and regulatory barriers to trade ...
UNECE at World Water Week 2015 (25 August 2015)

Every summer, Stockholm becomes the world’s water capital during World Water Week, which is being celebrated from 23 to 28 August this year. Organized by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), this is the largest annual gathering of approximately 3,000 water professionals, who come ...
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia joins the UNECE Water Convention (05 August 2015)

On 29 July 2015, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia deposited its instrument of accession to the UNECE Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention), including the amendments to the Convention that allow accession by countries ...
UNECE signs United Nations Development Assistance Framework of Armenia for 2016-2020 (31 July 2015)

On 31 July 2015, UNECE signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework with the Government of Armenia for the period 2016-2020. The four key development areas of UNDAF are: ·         Equitable, sustainable economic development and poverty ...
Pakistan joins the United Nations TIR Convention (24 July 2015)

Pakistan has taken a key step towards the development of international economic corridors with its regional trading partners and the rest of the world with the ratification of the United Nations TIR Convention. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, ...
UNECE signs United Nations Partnership Framework for Development for 2016-2020 with Kazakhstan (22 July 2015)

UNECE and the United Nations country team announced today that they will strengthen their support to Kazakhstan’s sustainable development efforts over the next five years. This will be achieved through the implementation of a United Nations Partnership Framework for Development (UNPFD) for 2016 ...
Specifications for application of UNFC to injections projects for geological storage of CO2 released for public comment (08 July 2015)

Specifications for the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC) to injection projects for geological storage were released today for public comment until 15 September 2015. The initial and main focus of the ...
MDG report stresses progress in the Caucasus and Central Asia (07 July 2015)

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have produced the most successful anti-poverty movement in history and will serve as the jumping-off point for the new sustainable development agenda to be adopted this year, according to the final MDG report launched on 6 July by United Nations ...
UNECE peer review mechanisms can contribute to the post-2015 review framework (06 July 2015)

Regional review mechanisms, including peer reviews, can play an important role in the monitoring, evaluation and reporting on the future sustainable development goals. This is acknowledged in the current Zero draft of the outcome document for the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development ...
UNECE welcomes vote by Ukrainian parliament ratifying Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment (03 July 2015)

Ukraine made an important step towards sustainable development on 1 July 2015 with the ratification by the Ukrainian parliament (or Verkhovna Rada) of a law on the country’s accession to the UNECE Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment to the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment ...
Guidelines for application of UNFC to uranium and thorium resources released for public comment (25 June 2015)

Guidelines for the application of the United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources 2009 (UNFC) to uranium and thorium resources were released today for public comment until 20 August 2015. The views of all stakeholders are critical to ensure ...
UNECE World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations tightens vehicles noise limits and adopts new test procedure to measure them (24 June 2015)

With rapid urbanization and growth of vehicle's fleet, more and more people are suffering from noise pollution. According to a recent study, 25 per cent of European citizens are exposed to average noise above the threshold established by WHO (55 dB) and road traffic is its main source. Thus, ...
UNECE launches the fifth revision of the European Code for Inland Waterways (24 June 2015)

UNECE today released the fifth revision of the European Code for Inland Waterways (CEVNI), Pan-European instrument regulating the navigation on the E-waterways network as a part of its work towards smooth and efficient inland water transport across the European region. CEVNI contains the core ...
Belarus launches two infrastructure projects worth Euro 350 million based on UNECE PPP guidance (18 June 2015)

Belarus launched yesterday two Public Private Partnership projects worth Euro 350 million to a group of PPP investors in London. The projects, a motorway crossing from Poland through the south of Belarus and into the Russian Federation (M10) and a hydroelectric power plant, are expected to tender ...
New Environmental Performance Review of Montenegro finds waste issues and adaptation to climate change among pressing environmental challenges (05 June 2015)

Waste management, wastewater treatment and adaptation to climate change are some of the most pressing environmental challenges for Montenegro. These are the main findings of the third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Montenegro, undertaken by UNECE. The findings were presented by UNECE and ...
UNECE fosters cooperation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to address water issues (02 June 2015)

Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan have pressing water quantity and quality issues regarding the shared resources of the Chu and Talas Basins. During the difficult dry year of 2014 both countries had problems with the water supply from the two rivers. In addition, the two countries estimate the level of ...
France launches International Specialist Centre of Excellence for Public-Private Partnership Policy, Laws and Institutions (21 May 2015)

Partnerships with the private sector will be critical to mobilize the financing needed to implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to be adopted in September 2015 by the UN General Assembly. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs), including concessions, can play an important role in ...
UNECE and IATA Strengthen Cooperation for Trade Facilitation Implementation (12 May 2015)

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen their support to developing countries seeking to implement the World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation ...
UNECE, UNEP sign landmark agreement to strengthen partnership on green economy and sustainable development (08 May 2015)

The Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Christian Friis Bach, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Achim Steiner, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reinforce the collaboration between UNEP and UNECE ...
Secretary-General appoints Jean Todt of France Special Envoy for Road Safety (30 April 2015)

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the appointment of Jean Todt as his Special Envoy for Road Safety. Mr. Todt is the President of the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA).   Every year, some 1.3 million people are killed and up to 50 million people ...
UNECE signs MoU with the International Gas Union (IGU) (30 April 2015)

Gas could play a key role in the transition towards a low carbon economy. In order to accelerate the move towards this transition, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the International Gas Union (IGU) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to formalize their ...
Private Sector keen to support countries in implementing the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement (29 April 2015)

Private Sector representatives at the Global Facilitation Partnership meeting in Geneva last week stressed their willingness to support international organizations in assisting countries implement the recently concluded World Trade Organizations Trade Facilitation Agreement.  Speaking on ...
Air pollution costs European economies US$ 1.6 trillion a year (29 April 2015)

A staggering US$ 1.6 trillion is the economic cost of the approximate 600 000 premature deaths and of the diseases caused by air pollution in the WHO European Region in 2010, according to the first-ever study of these costs conducted for the Region. The amount is nearly equivalent to one tenth of ...
Use of United Nations Location Code can drastically reduce import/export costs (28 April 2015)

With more than 100,000 entries and a community of users from 249 countries, dependent territories and special areas, the United Nations Code for Trade and Transport Locations (UN/LOCODE) is a public good that helps reduce the cost of international trade. UN/LOCODE is used to identify ports, ...
Republic of Moldova and Ukraine endorse Strategic Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change for the Dniester Basin (23 April 2015)

Serhiy Kurykin, Deputy Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine, and Lazar Chirica, Deputy Minister of Environment of the Republic of Moldova, met today in Kyiv to launch the Strategic Framework for Adaptation to Climate Change for the Dniester Basin. The Strategic Framework will ...
UN Agencies Strengthen Cooperation for Trade Facilitation Implementation (22 April 2015)

Three key UN agencies signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 22 April 2015 to strengthen their support for developing countries as they implement the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement (WTO TFA). Under the terms of the MoU, UNCTAD, the International Trade Centre (ITC) ...
UNECE and FAO redouble efforts to address land management challenges (16 April 2015)

With 75 percent of the European population living in cities, more space is needed for expanding urban areas, yet at the same time there is a growing need for agricultural land and for the protection of key ecosystems. Rising competition for land ownership, reduced availability, and declining land ...
UNECE Ideas4Change Award goes Orange (15 April 2015)

Orange Fiber, an innovative Italian start-up producing textiles -  releasing vitamins on the skin –  from citrus waste, won the UNECE Ideas4Change Award, winning both the popular vote and that of the Jury. The competition featured the participation of 150 ideas from 25 countries of the ...
UNECE and Global NCAP call for worldwide adherence to UN car Safety Standards (14 April 2015)

Tens of thousands of deaths and hundreds of thousands of injuries could be avoided each year in the world if all countries would apply the safety standards outlined in the UN regulations developed by the World Forum for the Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations. This was the conclusion of the study ...
UNECE releases Quick Stats app (14 April 2015)

UNECE releases its first statistics mobile app, putting in your hands the key indicators you need about the UNECE region in a graphical format. With UNECE Quick Stats you have your main figures on economy, population, forestry or transport at your fingertips wherever and whenever you need ...
UNECE member States endorse Charter on Sustainable Housing (14 April 2015)

Countries in the region are facing enormous challenges in providing adequate housing to all, especially to vulnerable groups such as the young and the elderly. Uncontrolled urbanization has expanded informal settlements, where residents often lack security of tenure, infrastructure, water, ...
UNECE and the International Network of Basin Organizations launch flagship publication on water and climate change adaptation (13 April 2015)

Over 50 different experiences from river basins around the world have been compiled and analysed in the new publication “Water and climate change adaptation in transboundary basins: lessons learned and good practices”, prepared by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and ...
UNECE partners with the Government of Armenia to improve sustainable urban development (09 April 2015)

UNECE experts are visiting Armenia this week to conduct the research mission for the second Country Profile on Housing and Land Management of Armenia. The recommendations to be formulated in the Country Profile will form the basis of the country’s national action plan on sustainable housing and ...
Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine test transboundary cooperation in case of an oil spill on the Danube within a UNECE project (02 April 2015)

For the first time, on 24 March 2015, the Republic of Moldova, Romania and Ukraine tested how the three countries would jointly cooperate to respond to an industrial accident with possible transboundary consequences, such as an oil spill that might reach the Danube Delta. After more than 2,000 ...
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, ...