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List of Press Releases - 2018-5

UNECE and partners launch network to support the development of high performance buildings (18 July 2018)

In 2017 UNECE adopted the Framework Guidelines for Energy Efficiency Standards in Buildings which promote the adoption of aggressive, performance-based codes for buildings.  To support the deployment of the Framework Guidelines and to advance the performance of buildings broadly, UNECE is ...
UNECE joins global coalition to improve fire safety in buildings through industry standards (12 July 2018)

The Grenfell Tower fire in London in June 2017 has brought under the spotlight the need for a coherent global approach to fire safety. That fire -  the worst in the UK for almost a century that claimed 72 lives - not only focused attention on building and fire safety in the United Kingdom but ...
The first United Smart Cities SMART CITY LAB opened in Vienna, supporting co-creation of solutions for smart sustainable cities worldwide (30 May 2018)

According to United Nations estimates, around two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas by 2050. Smart sustainable cities technologies and approaches, including those based on ICT solutions and Internet of Things (IoT) are already helping people to overcome multiple challenges ...
UNECE, ITU and partners accelerate action under the United for Smart Sustainable Cities Initiative (U4SSC) (27 April 2018)

Information and communication technologies (ICTs) are key to reach the objectives set out by the United Nations for cities, particularly the Sustainable Development Goal 11 “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”.    They are also crucial to ...
UNECE supports Housing Sector Reforms in Ukraine (26 April 2018)

Ukraine is facing multiple challenges related to its housing sector. Housing is not affordable, especially to vulnerable groups of the population, including young people entering the labor market and low-income families. The housing affordability index, which is calculated as a ratio between the ...