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List of Press Releases - 2014-32

Liquefied Natural Gas will be key to decarbonize the economy and improve energy security (15 April 2014)

Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) has the potential to turn the natural gas market into a truly global one, thus allowing natural gas to play a full role in transforming the energy system to underpin a sustainable future. In addition, in view of the uncertainties caused by recent geopolitical ...
Cycling can create at least 76 600 jobs and save 10 000 lives every year in major European cities (14 April 2014)

Over 76 600 people would be employed in green and healthy transport every year and 10 000 lives would be saved if major European cities[1] reached the cycling modal share of Copenhagen. This is the conclusion of a new publication released today by UNECE and the WHO Regional Office ...
UN/CEFACT commits full support to the implementation of the WTO Bali Trade Facilitation Agreement  (14 April 2014)

The 20th Plenary session of the United Nations Centre for Trade Facilitation and Electronic Business (UN/CEFACT) took place in Geneva from 10 to 11 April, alongside the 23rd UN/CEFACT Forum attended by 150 experts from over 30 countries and International Organizations. Following the WTO Bali ...
Belarus and Ukraine successfully completed the first pilot project on post-project analysis under the UNECE Espoo Convention (11 April 2014)

On Tuesday 15 April, the results of the first pilot project on post-project analysis under the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) will be presented and discussed in a subregional conference in Minsk. UNECE, together with the United ...
Acting Director-General of UNOG Michael Møller takes on functions of Acting Executive Secretary of UNECE (10 April 2014)

UNECE Executive Secretary Sven Alkalaj left his position upon expiry of his contract on 8 April 2014. The Secretary-General has thanked Mr. Alkalaj for his service to the United Nations and for his accomplishments, leadership and commitment towards the goals of the Economic Commission for ...
European Ministers of Transport, Health and Environment gather in Paris to agree common actions for healthy and sustainable mobility (14-16 April) (08 April 2014)

The Fourth High-level Meeting on Transport, Health and Environment (4HLM) will be held in Paris from 14-16 April, hosted by the Government of France, under the auspices of the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP). Run jointly by the United Nations Economic Commission ...
Turkmenistan to develop road map on integrated water resources management within the framework of UNECE Water Convention (07 April 2014)

On 3 April 2014 in Ashgabad, the Steering Committee of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) on water resources management decided to develop a road map for implementation of the principles of integrated water resource management in Turkmenistan. Around 40 representatives of different stakeholders ...
UNECE develops cooperation on information management with Ministers of Environment in Central Asia (07 April 2014)

On 3 April in Dushanbe, Tajikistan the Inter-State Commission on Sustainable Development (ICSD) composed of Ministers of the Environment of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan adopted a decision inviting UNECE to provide assistance to the institutional and legal ...
UNECE Working Party on Land Administration is global model for supporting regional land governance (25 March 2014)

Activities of the UNECE Working Party on Land Administration were presented on 24 March at the World Bank Conference on Land and Poverty, which has as its 2014 theme, “Integrating Land Governance into the Post-2015 Agenda: Harnessing Synergies for Implementation and Monitoring Impact”. The ...
Sustainable Forests for Sustainable Fashion at the UN in Geneva  (24 March 2014)

Forests for fashion – Fashion for Forests, on 21 March, was an event held to celebrate and advocate the linkages between sustainable fashion and sustainable forest management, and was organized by UNECE/FAO on the occasion of the International Day of Forests. Forests and fashion are related in ...
UNECE helped to complete another phase of Kyrgyzstan’s Chu Basin Management Plan  (20 March 2014)

On Thursday, 20 March, the Steering Committee of the Kyrgyz National Policy Dialogue on water resources discussed an expert assessment of the state of water reservoirs in the basin, along with a wide range of policies and projects in field of water. The United Nations Economic Commission for ...
UNECE adopts more accurate fuel efficiency and CO2test for new cars (WLTP) (12 March 2014)

When buying a new car, customers will have a better understanding of the fuel consumption of the vehicle thanks to a new standard testing method agreed to at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva. The test cycle of the Worldwide Harmonized Light-duty Test Procedures ...
UNECE and FAO launch “Forests for Fashion-Fashion for Forests” initiative on International Day of Forests (11 March 2014)

Sustainable development is high on the United Nations agenda, but unfortunately, still a low priority in people’s lives, and very often not a principle driving business. Promoting sustainable production and consumption patterns calls not only for political will and commitment, but also for ...
UNECE and the International Sava River Basin Commission launch nexus assessment to promote intersectoral coordination on natural resources management  (06 March 2014)

On Tuesday, 4 March 2014, a three-day workshop started in Zagreb, Croatia, to assess the intersectoral and transboundary aspects of managing the water, land, ecosystem and energy resources of the Sava River Basin. Some 50 representatives of the relevant ministries and various interest groups from ...
Switzerland joins the Aarhus Convention and its amendment on genetically modified organisms (05 March 2014)

On 3 March 2014, Switzerland ratified the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and its amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO ...
UNECE supports transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan with new knowledge on climate change and a new water management project (27 February 2014)

On 27 and 28 February in Bishkek the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bishkek Office and the national Kyrgyz authorities organized two meetings in support of the development of transboundary water cooperation between Kazakhstan ...
UNECE endorses new global code of practice for packing of containers (CTU Code) (27 February 2014)

Today the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) moved to protect the lives and safety of both workers and the general public by endorsing a new global code of practice for the handling and packing of shipping containers for transportation by sea and land.  According to the ...
Jordan calls for global opening of the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport  (26 February 2014)

The Minister of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Lina Shbeeb, called today for the global opening of the European Agreement concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles engaged in International Road Transport (AETR). She made this call in a meeting with UNECE Executive Secretary Sven ...
Inland Transport Committee to discuss the transformational changes needed to achieve inclusive and sustainable transport and mobility (20 February 2014)

The challenge of the transition to sustainable mobility and transport and the role UNECE Inland Transport Committee (ITC) can play in addressing it will be at the heart of the discussions of the 76th annual session of ITC. Senior government officials, international transport organizations, the ...
Private sector stresses the Importance of the post-2015 Development agenda in shaping international PPP Best Practices  (18 February 2014)

A group of the world’s leading international companies involved in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have argued that international PPP best practices and standards should be inspired by the objectives in the post 2015 Development Agenda that is being developed under the aegis of the ...
UNECE signs Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Specialist Centre for PPPs in Roads, Highways and Related Structures (18 February 2014)

On 13 February, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Specialist Centre for PPPs in Roads, Highways and Related Structures with the Construction Industry Development Council of India on the occasion of the 8th ...
UNECE to present photo exhibit “E 40 – Image of the Road” during the 76th session of its Inland Transport Committee (14 February 2014)

A photo exhibit depicting a journey along the 8,000 kilometre long E40 European Highway from Calais, France, to Ridder, in northeast Kazakhstan near the Russian and Chinese borders, will showcase how operational inland transport between Europe and Asia is becoming a reality. The exhibit will open ...
UNECE to discuss the emerging landscape for innovation and Public-Private Partnerships financing  (11 February 2014)

The current environment for infrastructure and innovation financing will be the focus of the substantive segment of the Eighth session of the UNECE Committee on International Cooperation and Integration. . Participants will also consider policy options to support these two key drivers of economic ...
Forests in the UNECE region: UN works as one (10 February 2014)

On 6 February, UNECE confirmed its commitment to its work on forests in partnership with FAO in the region, with the Executive Committee’s decision to approve the UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work on forests for the period 2014-17.  The UNECE-FAO Integrated Programme of Work is a very ...
Social housing back on countries’ political agendas in the UNECE region (05 February 2014)

Social housing in Europe is back on the political agenda of UNECE member States. The social housing sector in the majority of European Union member states has been shrinking since the 1980s.[1] More than thirty years of deregulation and privatisation of the social housing stock in Western Europe ...
UNECE to help Azerbaijan finalize its water sector strategy  (27 January 2014)

At a 23 January 2014 meeting in Baku, key stakeholders of the National Policy Dialogue (NPD) Steering Committee of Azerbaijan agreed to finalize the State water strategy within the next few months. Development of the strategy has been supported by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe ...
Global economy is improving, but remains vulnerable to new and old headwinds that could derail growth, says UN report (20 January 2014)

A bumpy exit from quantitative easing by major central banks poses risks for financial stability and global growth Global economic growth should increase over the next two years with continuing signs of improvement, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014 ...
Slow recovery ahead as Europe emerges from recession, says UN report (20 January 2014)

Historically high unemployment will persist in Europe over next two years The end of the recession in Western Europe will bring an increase in economic activity in the region in 2014, but growth will be slow and high unemployment will persist, according to the United Nations World Economic ...
Economic growth in Commonwealth of Independent States weakened, but should pick up in 2014, says UN report (20 January 2014)

Unemployment declined, while inflation rates varied and capital flows remained volatile Economic growth in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Georgia weakened in 2013, but is expected to improve over the next two years, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and ...
UNECE assists Azerbaijan and Georgia to make another step towards sustainable management of the Kura River Basin (17 January 2014)

On Thursday, 16 January 2014, representatives of Azerbaijan and Georgia met in Baku to negotiate the text of a draft bilateral agreement on the shared water resources of the Kura River Basin as part of a joint United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) - Organization for Security and ...
The Republic of Moldova joins the UNECE Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers  (08 January 2014)

Published: 8 January 2014 On 23 December 2013, the Republic of Moldova became the thirty-third Party to ratify the Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Kyiv Protocol) to the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in ...
Governments in the Middle East learning from UNECE experiences of land and property administration (07 January 2014)

A fully functioning and well regulated real estate market is essential to ensure sustainable housing and promote economic growth. It can accelerate economic recovery in the short term, as well as sustainable development and greener economies in the long term. Promoting the sector is a driving force ...

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