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List of Press Releases - 2019-13

Pan-European countries reaffirm commitment to advance the water, sanitation and ‎health agenda at Meeting of the Parties to the Protocol on Water and Health (29 November 2019)

Montenegro is to become the 27th Party to the Protocol on Water and Health in the next months and 8 other pan-European countries confirmed that they are on their way to accession! These announcements came as more than 225 participants from  40 countries gathered in Belgrade for the 5th ...
Countries in Pan-European region making progress on equitable access to water and sanitation but important ‎gaps remain (20 November 2019)

Ensuring equitable access must be central to efforts to realize the basic human rights to water and sanitation. However, despite significant progress in the provision of water and sanitation in the pan-European region, the latest data of the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, ...
More efforts are still needed to realize the basic human rights to clean water ‎and sanitation in the Pan-European region (19 November 2019)

Over 31 million people in the Pan-European region lack access to basic sanitation services and 314,000 people still practice open defecation. Every day, 14 people die because of inadequate water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH). In addition, there are significant inequalities in access to basic ...
EU4Environment supports Moldova’s commitment to addressing ‎environmental impacts of its economic growth ‎ (07 November 2019)

Environmental assessments are tools that benefit people and nature. Their use ensures the soundness and transparency of economic and territorial planning decisions, preventing damage to the environment and health from economic growth. The Republic of Moldova committed to apply strategic ...
North Macedonia on path to sustainable development but must step up efforts on air quality and waste management, says UNECE Environmental Performance Review (04 November 2019)

Over the past eight years, North Macedonia has taken important strides in improving its environmental performance in several areas, including reducing its dependence on fossil fuels to generate electricity in favour of renewables, and strengthening waste and chemicals management. However, a number ...
UNECE and Interstate Commission on Sustainable Development strengthen cooperation for environmental protection in Central Asia (24 October 2019)

The countries of Central Asia - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - are facing an increased vulnerability of natural ecosystems. Yet, the socio-economic development of these countries is very much dependent on natural resources, particularly those – such as water ...
Entry into force of amended Gothenburg Protocol is landmark for clean air and climate action (04 October 2019)

Air pollution kills 7 million people every year according to WHO data. It is by far the world’s largest single environmental health risk and a leading cause of death by cancer. Air pollution is also closely linked to climate change and is a major cause of environmental degradation, ...
Renewed cooperation on environmental security in the UNECE region (02 October 2019)

Peacefully resolving the overriding political, economic and social concerns of our time requires a multifaceted approach. This includes mechanisms to address the links between the natural environment and human security. Building up on over a decade of successful cooperation, the partners of ...
Improved water management is crucial for climate action – UN-Water policy brief (25 September 2019)

Water management must play a central role in adapting to the worst effects of climate change and reducing greenhouse gases, according to a new UN-Water Policy Brief. Released in the context of the Climate Action Summit and the opening of the 74th UN General Assembly in New York, the brief argues ...
UNECE becomes strategic partner of the 2021 World Water Forum in Dakar (30 August 2019)

Political authorities and water stakeholders from all over the world will gather in Dakar in March 2021 for the ninth World Water Forum under the theme "Water Security for Peace and Development". The Forum, co-organized by the Government of Senegal and the World Water Council, will for ...
UNECE to further support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to strengthen environmental assessment through USD 2.6m EU-funded initiative (02 July 2019)

UNECE will support Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to further enhance strategic environmental assessment (SEA) and transboundary environmental impact assessment (EIA) to prevent and mitigate damage to the environment and health from economic growth. This ...
UNECE names top 10 environmental achievements of Kazakhstan and the country’s top 10 environmental priorities for the future (05 June 2019)

The Third Environmental Performance Review (EPR) of Kazakhstan, launched in Nur-Sultan on World Environment Day (5 June 2019), highlights the successes of Kazakhstan in improving its environmental policy over the past decade and provides recommendations to the country for future action. The Review ...
Let’s not wait for another deadly dam failure: UNECE guidelines can improve safety (31 January 2019)

Another tragic industrial accident hit Brazil on 25 January 2019 when the Brumadinho dam failed at an iron ore mine in the South East of the country, killing over 65 persons with roughly 300 still missing. This comes just over 3 years since the Bento Rodrigues dam collapse in the country. ...