UNECE Weekly
743 12 - 16 March 2018

Environment

Fiftieth UNECE Environmental Performance Review kicks off in Astana

   

The third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Kazakhstan kicked off this week, with a field mission beginning in Astana. Fourteen experts from different countries, OECD, WHO, UNEP and UNECE will work in Kazakhstan for 10 days to review the country’s progress in delivering on its green economy agenda and improving environmental performance. The EPR will focus on the country’s progress in greening its economy, particularly the energy, industry, agriculture and health sectors. It will evaluate the Government’s efforts to abate air pollution, improve water quality, reduce waste and manage protected areas. The review is timely as Kazakhstan is in the process of revising its 2013 Concept on Transition to a Green Economy and its 2007 Environmental Code. This third EPR of Kazakhstan is the 50th EPR organized by UNECE. It builds on the substantial experience accumulated by UNECE and its member States in using this tool to review progress in reconciling national economic and environmental objectives. 

Read more...

Forests

International Day of Forests celebrations to explore vertical forests, vertical farming, and high-rise wood constructions for sustainable cities  

   

Green spaces in cities are emerging as important solutions to tackle urban sustainability challenges. Trees in cities serve as natural air conditioners, while urban forests filter harmful pollutants from the air and act as carbon sinks to help mitigate climate change. Urban farms contribute to improved food security in cities by providing fresh local produce, reducing food miles and reconnecting people to the food they eat. The denser our cities become, the greater the need to address the lack of space available for plants and trees, and to identify innovative ways of integrating natural systems into our urban spaces – where the sky is the only limit. This has led to a range of new approaches for the creation of vertical forests, vertical farming and vertical high-rise wood constructions - practices which will be showcased on 21 March by eminent speakers gathered by UNECE and FAO for the celebration of this year’s International Day of Forests.

Read more...

Aarhus Convention

Aarhus Convention fosters exchange of knowledge and experience for effective access to justice in environmental matters

   

Climate change, the loss of biodiversity and air and water pollution are global environmental challenges that affect everyone. Public rights to timely access to information, especially with regard to environmental impacts and hazards, and to inclusive public participation in environmental decision-making are essential for the effective response to these challenges. Access to justice is a guardian for securing these rights. At its eleventh meeting held recently, the Aarhus Convention’s Task Force on Access to Justice provided a platform for representatives of States, the judiciary, other independent review bodies, international organizations, international financial institutions, non-governmental organizations and other stakeholders from 38 countries in the UNECE region and beyond to share different approaches, practical measures, challenges and lessons learned in enabling effective access to justice for all.

Read more...

Environment

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania engage in consultations with the Compliance Committee of the UNECE/WHO Regional Office for Europe Protocol on Water and Health

   

Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are largely water-rich countries that provide access to water of high quality from well-protected groundwater sources and safe sanitation to their populations. However, the three Baltic States also face a number of similar challenges, in particular related to access to and the quality of drinking water supplied by small scale and individual systems, which comprise a large share of the water supply systems in these sparsely populated states. Moreover, they share similar problems in terms of limited institutional capacity and lack of financial resources to maintain ageing infrastructure and sustainable water management. Earlier this month, the Compliance Committee of the Protocol on Water and Health initiated a consultation with the three countries to support their efforts to improve their water and health situation and deal with emerging challenges by setting national targets under the Protocol.

Read more...

Water Convention

Stay updated on water cooperation with the Water Convention newsletter

   

Cooperation under the Water Convention, serviced by UNECE, can accelerate progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), notably target 6.5 which aims, by 2030, to" implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation". Recent highlights for the Convention are the accession of Chad as the first country from outside the pan-European region, and the opening of the new International Water Assessment Center in Kazakhstan. Current and forthcoming activities include the analysis of the results of the first reporting exercise on SDG indicator 6.5.2 - which measures transboundary water cooperation - and under the Convention, the 2018 High-Level Political Forum in-depth review of SDG 6, and the eighth session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Convention, to be held in Astana, Kazakhstan in October 2018. Stay regularly updated on the activities of the Convention and its Protocol on Water and Health with the new Water Convention newsletter.

Read more...

 
 
 
UNECE Information Service
E-mail: info.ece@unece.org
http://www.unece.org
Follow UNECE on:

flickr Google+ Facebook YouTube Twitter Instagram