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List of Press Releases - 2017-18

Towards a Green Economy: Kazakhstan has started the second, practical phase to establish a strategic environmental assessment national framework (17 November 2017)

Kazakhstan is underway to introduce a strategic environmental assessment (SEA) procedure in accordance with international standards as a tool for greening its economy. SEA enables governments to prevent irreversible and costly mistakes by integrating environmental considerations at an early stage ...
Entry into force of the second amendment to the Espoo Convention to further support environmental impact assessment in the region (23 October 2017)

Today marks the entry into force of the second amendment to the UNECE Espoo Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context for Parties having ratified, approved or accepted it. The Espoo Convention, which celebrates the twentieth anniversary of its entry into force this ...
Montenegro becomes thirty-sixth Party to the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (16 October 2017)

On 11 October 2017, Montenegro ratified the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers, becoming the thirty-sixth Party to join this Protocol to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus ...
Governments and stakeholders strengthen commitment to environmental democracy as driver of sustainable development at Budva meetings (15 September 2017)

More than 400 participants from 58 countries gathered in Budva, Montenegro, this week to attend the sixth 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 Convention) and ...
Explosions at chemical plant following Hurricane Harvey highlight need to step up prevention and preparedness for extreme weather-related industrial accidents (05 September 2017)

A series of explosions at a chemical plant in Texas following severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey highlight the risk of extreme weather-related industrial accidents and the urgent need to strengthen efforts for prevention and preparedness. The explosions, which were caused by the loss of ...
Deforestation, health risks of contaminated food and water, and air pollution from road transport among the most pressing environmental challenges for Tajikistan (25 August 2017)

Despite progress made in addressing environmental considerations, deforestation, diseases associated with contaminated food and water, and air pollution from road transport are some of the most pressing environmental challenges in Tajikistan. These are the main findings of the third Environmental ...
Assessment launched to reinforce cooperation between Algeria, Libya and Tunisia in managing shared groundwater resources (20 July 2017)

The North-West Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS) is the principal groundwater resource in its region, with an estimated reserve of some 40,000 billion cubic metres of water, which is to a large degree non-renewable. Water from the aquifer is in high demand for potable and irrigation use in particular. ...
Treaty on sustainable management of the transboundary Dniester River Basin can enter into force (06 July 2017)

In June 2017, Ukraine ratified the Treaty between the Government of the Republic of Moldova and the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine on Cooperation in the Field of Protection and Sustainable Development of the Dniester River Basin so that the Treaty can enter into force. The ratification law was ...
Governments and civil society looking to further transparency and public participation in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at Budva meetings (03 July 2017)

A five-day event in Budva, Montenegro, will provide a platform for some 400 representatives of Governments, international organizations, civil society and other stakeholders to discuss achievements and challenges in promoting transparency, public participation in decision-making and access to ...
Role of Environment Assessments emphasized as key to SDG and climate change action at Minsk meeting (21 June 2017)

Strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment in a transboundary context can play an important role in helping countries to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and address climate change. This was one of the central messages of the Meetings of the Parties (MoP) ...
Nuclear issues, sustainable development, and climate change to be at the centre of debates of the meeting of the Parties to UNECE Treaties on Environmental Assessment (13 June 2017)

Over 200 Government officials, representatives of international organizations, international financial institutions (IFIs), civil society, academia and other stakeholders from some 50 countries will meet in Minsk, at the invitation of the Government of Belarus, from 13 to 16 June to take stock of ...
United Nations urges action in Europe on 1.4 million deaths annually from polluted environments (13 June 2017)

Leaders of countries in Europe and Central Asia need to scale up action to prevent environment-related deaths and diseases affecting their populations. This is the call from the heads of the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe (WHO/Europe), the United Nations Economic Commission ...
Environmental performance review of Mongolia starts with cooperative effort by UNECE and UNESCAP (22 May 2017)

The Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Mongolia kicked off today, 22 May 2017, with a field mission beginning in Ulaanbaatar. Fifteen experts from different countries and the United Nations secretariat will work in Mongolia for 10 days to review the country’s progress in improving ...
New opportunities and economic benefits for Drina River Basin countries with intensified cross-sectoral cooperation (21 April 2017)

Despite development risks, an intensified cross-sectoral cooperation could have amplified economic benefits for countries of the transboundary Drina River Basin, mainly shared by Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Serbia. Basin-wide coordination to prioritize investments, taking into account ...
UNECE celebrates 25 years of the Industrial Accidents Convention and its contribution to sustainable development and disaster risk reduction (17 March 2017)

Twenty-five years ago today, a key regional instrument aimed at protecting people and the environment from the devastating effects of industrial accidents was adopted. On 17 March 1992 in Helsinki 26 countries and the European Union signed the UNECE Convention on the Transboundary Effects of ...
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 ...