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List of Press Releases - 2019-20

As Europe races ahead with electric vehicles, UN Framework helps manage critical raw materials for batteries (18 April 2019)

Country after country in Europe is racing to put more and more electric cars on the road as Europe strives to position itself as a world leader in electric vehicle innovation, digitization and decarbonization. If electric vehicles are going to feature so prominently in a connected and automated ...
Member States underscore value of UNECE’s integrated support for 2030 Agenda implementation in the region (12 April 2019)

Fifty-six member States from Europe, North America and Central Asia have come together to reaffirm their commitment to harnessing UNECE as a key platform for cooperation to advance progress towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals in the region. Intergovernmental discussions held this ...
Mayors call for greater recognition by the United Nations of the key role of local governments in achieving the SDGs (08 April 2019)

Cities play an essential role in addressing some of today’s major sustainability challenges, whether it comes to reducing the impact of climate change, giving people a home, strengthening resilience to disasters or reducing pollution. Mayors meeting today at the United Nations in Geneva for the ...
New UNECE guidelines support improved measurement of international labour mobility (27 March 2019)

International labour migration is an increasingly important feature of the interconnected global economy. It has never been easier for people to travel and work in other countries, especially in common market areas such as the European Union. This expansion of international labour mobility has ...
China blast highlights need to continuously improve industrial and chemical safety – solutions exist (26 March 2019)

A major accident at a chemical plant in China last week, which killed around 65 people and injured 94 more – with several dozen still unaccounted for – highlights the urgent need to strengthen measures to ensure safety for the transport of dangerous goods and industrial facilities. According ...
Learn to love forests: Geneva encourages forest education to change the world for the better (21 March 2019)

Forests are life in its essence. Through education and training we can help safeguard these important and highly diverse ecosystems, providing clean air and water, while supplying food, wood and shelter. Today, the global community celebrates the International Day of Forests (IDF) 2019 under the ...
SDG Snapshot report highlights strong progress but persistent challenges for UNECE region (21 March 2019)

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What are statistics worth? Determining the value of Official Statistics (07 March 2019)

‘Evidence-based decision-making’. It’s a term that rolls off the tongue almost without having to think about it, so commonplace has it become in the everyday jargon of policy-making and sustainable development circles. But it’s something that does bear thinking about. What is a decision ...
New UN Convention will significantly speed up international rail travel for passengers, especially in Europe and Asia (22 February 2019)

Rail travel offers an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly means of transport, with significant untapped potential to support progress on a range of Sustainable Development Goals spanning from economic growth to climate action. Global passenger rail travel is growing, with over 3,731 ...
Countries adopt 2030 strategy for sustainable inland transport (22 February 2019)

Ministers of Transport and high-level officials from across the globe came to the Transport Week of the 81st plenary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), to debate on cutting-edge issues, including automation and digitalization in transport, and participate in the discussion of a ...
Autonomous transport must be developed with a global eye (19 February 2019)

Automation in transport, including “self-driving” autonomous vehicles, has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people and transform mobility as we know it. It could enable a safer, more efficient, accessible and ecological means of transport. It could also ultimately save billions ...
Piecing together the puzzle: new UNECE guidance on data integration for migration (14 February 2019)

Measuring international migration is a complex task. To paint a complete picture we need to know not only how many people enter and leave a country—which in itself is challenging enough—but also the characteristics of those people and the ways in which they integrate into and impact ...
Official statistics on the right track in Uzbekistan says new report (13 February 2019)

Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of any country, serving the government, the economy and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation. National statistical systems also play a vital role in measuring ...
UN Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems for cars to significantly reduce crashes (12 February 2019)

Some 40 Countries have agreed on a draft United Nations Regulation for Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) for cars. This will significantly improve road safety, especially in cities, where in the European Union alone, over 9,500 fatalities were recorded in 2016, accounting for 38% of all ...
UN Regional Commissions launch 3rd UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (07 February 2019)

The third United Nations Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2019 has been launched by UNECE and its four counterpart United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) across the globe. The Survey helps to track countries’ progress on a range of measures to make trade more ...
Let’s not wait for another deadly dam failure: UNECE guidelines can improve safety (31 January 2019)

Another tragic industrial accident hit Brazil on 25 January 2019 when the Brumadinho dam failed at an iron ore mine in the South East of the country, killing over 65 persons with roughly 300 still missing. This comes just over 3 years since the Bento Rodrigues dam collapse in the country. ...
Economic trends in the CIS and South-Eastern Europe are broadly positive: UN report (21 January 2019)

CIS economies remain commodity-dependent, while South-Eastern Europe must overcome structural ...
Europe: Robust growth ahead, with numerous downside risks (21 January 2019)

Risks include increased trade tensions, a shift in policy stance, and ...
Signs suggest global economic growth spurt has peaked but will remain steady at 3 percent in 2019–2020 (21 January 2019)

Economic prospects threatened by weakened support for multilateralism, tightening of financial conditions and heightened trade tensions The global economy will continue to grow at a steady pace of around 3 percent in 2019 and 2020 amid signs that global growth has peaked. However, a worrisome ...
UNECE census guidelines on alternative data sources can help save time and money (10 January 2019)

Without a census, we cannot know such fundamental things as how many people live in a country, their ages or their income per capita. We cannot meaningfully predict future population and the need for schools, homes or public services. Censuses are essential for many of the indicators that enable us ...