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Industrial Accidents


Industrial accidents can have severe consequences on human health and the environment, including in other affected countries. The accidents in Schweizerhalle, Switzerland, and Baia Mare, Romania, have brought this message home.  The Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents helps Parties to prevent industrial accidents that can have transboundary effects and to prepare for, and respond to, accidents if they occur. Read more

In focus

During the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the secretariat to the Industrial Accidents Convention maintains business continuity, while working remotely. Activities are in full speed to prepare for the 11th meeting of the Conference of the Parties, hosted in Bonn, Germany, 1-3 December 2020. The Conference will comprise a seminar on mine tailings safety. 

Scheduled activities for the spring have been postponed to fall 2020, including the Sub-regional workshop on land-use planning and industrial safety for South-Eastern Europe is now scheduled to take place in Belgrade from 21-23 October 2020. The workshop will provide a platform for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia to share their experiences and good practices and to support cooperation. It is organized by the UNECE Industrial Accidents Convention and UNECE Committee on Urban Development, Housing and Land Management in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection (Serbia), with contributions by the UNECE Espoo Convention/Protocol on SEA and the government of Flanders (Belgium), thanks to financing provided by the Ministry of the Ecological and Inclusive Transition of France. For more information, click here

The two-year UNECE Project on supporting countries of Central Asia in strengthening the safety of mine tailings has been initiated in 2020. The project is aimed at strengthening the safe management of mine tailings in Central Asia, preventing accidental water pollution from tailings and enhancing transboundary cooperation in the subregion. The main beneficiaries of the Project are the national competent authorities and operators of Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan; cooperation with the other Central Asia countries, notably from Kyrgyzstan and Turkmenistan, will also be pursued. The Project is implemented thanks to financial support from the Swiss Federal Office for the Environment.