UNECE Weekly
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Trade

UNECE addresses issues at the cross section of E-Commerce and Trade Facilitation at E-Commerce Week in Geneva

 

Growing E-Commerce is a driver of innovation and competitiveness. Increasingly, business enterprises, and SMEs in particular, are connected through e-trade with consumers and businesses. Between 2013 and 2015, the value of global online trade jumped from 16 trillion to 22 trillion dollars. At the E-Commerce week (24-28 April) attended by almost 1.000 participants from all over the world, UNECE along with development partners UNCTAD, ITC and WCO, co-organized two sessions, where panelists from governments, international organizations and the private sector addressed challenges and opportunities for E-Commerce and trade facilitation. “There is a strong linkage between trade facilitation measures and E-Commerce, with several potential areas of benefit”, said Maria Ceccarelli, Head of the UNECE Trade Facilitation Section.

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Environment

UNECE works to improve dam safety in Central Asia

   

Representatives from key authorities and stakeholders from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan along with experts from the Russian Federation met to discuss issues related to dam safety from 25 to 27 April, in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation, as part of efforts by UNECE to improve the safety of dams in Central Asia. Participants stressed the importance of national legislation in improving dam safety, and identified needs in the respective countries. Challenges uncovered included the need for new or revised laws to better control the safety of ageing water infrastructure, the establishment of responsible institutions and improved safety inspection procedures and monitoring.

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Trade 

It starts with a standard - but UNECE's work on agriculture and food does not stop there

 

Over the past years, UNECE’s work in agriculture has expanded from the development of quality/marketing standards to helping governments adopt and implement them and reaching out to traders, producers and farmers. Indeed, “It starts with a standard but it cannot end there” has become one of the guiding principle of our work. This has not only resulted in an average 50% increase of participants in meetings and workshops, but more importantly, has led to the recognition of the importance of quality by all parties in the agricultural supply chain. Last week’s Farmers’ Market organized as part of the UNECE’s 70th anniversary was a celebration of quality production of food worldwide, and showed the practical impact of UNECE standards.

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Transport

UNECE works with government of Georgia to improve road safety

 

Representatives from the Government of Georgia and the United Nations gathered with a variety of public and private road safety stakeholders to review the current state of Georgia’s national road safety and discuss further ways of protecting the citizens on the roads. Better road safety is an international necessity, and a challenge that each government must undertake. The Government of Georgia has taken up this challenge, and is working with the United Nations to improve road safety. The objective of the Workshop was to provide information, best practice and training in areas identified in the Review as one of the most challenging: speed management, safer vehicles and combat against drink-driving.

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Facts and Figures

Unemployment down in majority of UNECE member states in 2016

                                             

Unemployment rates fell in the overwhelming majority of UNECE member states that reported data in 2016. Compared with 2015, unemployment decreased in 27 out of 32 reporting countries, with 13 countries publishing rates that were over one percentage point lower in 2016. The largest decreases were reported by Croatia, Spain, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, where rates fell by 3.5, 2.5, 2.4 and 2.3 percentage points, respectively.

However, even after the decrease in unemployment from the 2015 levels, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Spain, Serbia and Croatia still reported some of the highest unemployment rates of UNECE member states in 2016 (25.4%, 19.6%, 15.3% and 12.8%, respectively). Cyprus and Portugal also reported unemployment rates of more than 10%.

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