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List of Press Releases - 2019-55

New Global Roadmap of Action to guide the future of mobility (23 October 2019)

With growing urbanization, increasing world trade and new technologies, the global mobility system is stressed. More than 1 billion people, or one-third of the global rural population, lack access to all-weather roads and transport services, constituting a major barrier to social and economic ...
UN Road Safety Fund opens 2019 Call for Proposals (10 October 2019)

Poor road safety is a key sustainable development issue that affects each and every one of us, but is yet to be matched by global-scale funding mobilization. The UN Road Safety Fund aims to address this gap and has opened its first formal call for project proposals. The 2019 Call for Proposals ...
UNECE Forum of Mayors will strengthen engagement with local authorities to deliver on 2030 Agenda (07 October 2019)

Local authorities are on the front line in addressing some of today’s most pressing sustainability challenges, including climate change, environmental degradation, social inclusion and mobility. However, despite their responsibility for actions affecting citizens’ lives every single day, making ...
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, ...
UNECE issues updated Policy Framework for Sustainable Real Estate Markets (03 October 2019)

The global financial crisis of 2008 was the result of inadequate regulation of financial and real estate markets. Real estate bubbles were allowed to inflate, mortgage lending was inadequately supervised, the financial markets were allowed to develop complex financial instruments that few ...
UNECE and City of Trondheim, Norway, join forces for smart and sustainable urban development with new Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence (03 October 2019)

UNECE and the Norwegian City of Trondheim have agreed to establish a Geneva UN Charter Centre of Excellence to advance sustainable housing as a foundation for urban development. This is the fifth Centre to be created by UNECE. The Geneva UN Charter on Sustainable Housing endorsed by UNECE ...
Belarus advances on sustainable housing and land management, but further efforts needed to enhance energy efficiency and ensure affordability for all (03 October 2019)

Belarus has made considerable progress in implementing sustainable housing and land management policies over the last decade, but targeted efforts will be required to address remaining challenges, according to a new UNECE report. The Second UNECE Country Profile on Housing and Land Management for ...
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 ...
UNECE guidance to reduce emissions of methane from abandoned coal mines will support climate action (30 September 2019)

Methane is a powerful short-lived climate pollutant. It is also the main precursor of tropospheric ozone (O3). Over a 20-year period, methane’s effect on global warming is 84 times greater than carbon dioxide. Fossil fuel production, including coal mining, accounts for 29% of human-made methane ...
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 ...
New call to bring 30 million hectares of degraded and deforested landscapes into restoration in Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia by 2030 (24 September 2019)

Caused by human activity and bio-physical factors, the degradation of land and ecosystems, exacerbated by climate change, is one of the greatest challenges facing Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. Desertification affects 8% of the territory of the European Union, including around 14 million ...
UNECE issues recommendations to accelerate energy efficiency and renewable energy shift in Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, Central Asia and Russian Federation (23 September 2019)

The global climate emergency cannot be addressed without the rapid transformation of the energy system. Accelerating the shift to renewable energy sources and dramatically improving energy efficiency will play a crucial role.  On the day of the UN Climate Action Summit 2019, UNECE has issued ...
UNECE and Mayors launch Trees in Cities Challenge to scale up climate action in urban areas (21 September 2019)

Urban areas are responsible for an estimated 75% of C02 emissions worldwide, making city-level action critical for global efforts to address the climate emergency. Mayors and other key urban leaders can play a pivotal role in localizing climate action, with immediate impact on the ground and ...
UNECE, Eurostat and International Transport Forum improve comparability of transport statistics (16 September 2019)

For any evidence-based transport and sustainable mobility policy, producing relevant transport statistics that are timely, accurate and impartial is necessary. For instance, with 1.35 million people dying in road traffic accidents each year, there is much interest in comparing data on safety ...
UNECE and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance launch International Centre of Excellence on High Performance Buildings (13 September 2019)

UNECE and Pittsburgh’s Green Building Alliance (GBA) signed an agreement launching Pittsburgh’s International Centre of Excellence on High Performance Buildings. Pittsburgh joins New York City’s Building Energy Exchange as the 2nd Centre of Excellence in a global network of sustainability ...
UN Road Safety Fund to launch its first formal call for proposals (04 September 2019)

Following the third session of its Advisory Board, held in Geneva on 3 September 2019, the UN Road Safety Fund will be launching its first formal call for project proposals. The Fund will disburse USD 4 million to finance selected projects aimed at contributing to reduce global road traffic ...
Safety at core of new Framework to guide UN regulatory work on autonomous vehicles (04 September 2019)

Autonomous vehicles are expected to bring enormous benefits to society in terms of enhanced mobility and increased safety. However, these benefits will only materialise if autonomous technologies are introduced in a transparent manner and based on the best global expertise and international ...
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 ...
UNFC solar energy specifications open for public comment (12 July 2019)

Renewable energy-based electric generating capacity is rapidly growing and is expected to deliver up to 30 per cent of the world’s power demand by 2023. Solar energy will significantly contribute to this growth and play a major role in the energy mix of the future. To help accelerate this ...
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 publishes guidance to strengthen independence and legal protection of national statistical systems (24 June 2019)

Official statistics are an indispensable element of the information system of democratic societies, serving governments, economies and the public with data that can help them understand and make decisions about the economy, the population, society and the environment. An essential precondition for ...
UNECE and European Commission report on Active Ageing highlights strongest progress for women (17 June 2019)

Today, almost 98 million people in the EU-28 are aged 65 years and over - some 19.2 per cent of the total population. With this share set to continue rising over the coming decades, ensuring “active ageing” through healthy and independent living and maximising older populations’ contributions ...
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 ...
Azerbaijan brings degraded land restoration commitments in Caucasus and Central Asia to 3 million ha (31 May 2019)

Azerbaijan has announced it will restore 170,000 ha of degraded lands by 2030, and an additional 100,000 ha conditional upon receiving funding, under the Bonn Challenge. The Bonn Challenge is a global effort to bring 350 million ha of degraded and deforested land into restoration by 2030.  ...
Armenia to diversify exports and advance towards knowledge economy with help of UNECE recommendations (28 May 2019)

The Armenian economy is undergoing significant structural changes. Services are playing an increasingly important role, rising from around 46 per cent of the country’s GDP in 2012 to around 53 per cent in 2018, driven by information and communication technology (ICT), tourism and healthcare. The ...
UNECE’s new recommendation on fuel quality will help countries to reduce air pollution (24 May 2019)

Fuel quality is key to deliver on sustained low emissions from cars, as both cleaner fuels and advanced emission control systems are needed to deliver on cleaner tailpipe emissions. Since the 1980s, UN Vehicle Regulations have enforced the installation of advanced emission control systems (e.g. ...
UNFC wind energy standards released for public comment until 21 July 2019 (24 May 2019)

The renewable energy industry has grown significantly in the last few decades, and today, supplies almost a fifth of total primary energy demand. The contribution of renewables at large, especially wind energy, will continue to rise over the coming years. In 2018, 171 gigawatts (GW) of renewable ...
UNECE adopts recommendation on sustainable procurement to advance responsible business practices (23 May 2019)

Public procurement alone represents 15-20% of global GDP, while procurement commitments under the World Trade Organization’s Agreement on Public Procurement (GPA) have been estimated at around EUR 1.3 trillion. This is enormous purchasing power that can drive investment and innovation towards ...
UNECE and FAO issue guidelines to develop national forest monitoring systems (23 May 2019)

Many communities around the world rely heavily on healthy forests for the social, economic and environmental benefits they bring. But without the required skills and capacities to monitor and measure the status of forests, they cannot guarantee the sustainable management of these precious ...
Kazakhstan could play key transport logistics role for rising Euro-Asian trade: UN report (17 May 2019)

Improving the competitiveness of Kazakhstan as a transport logistics centre at the crossroads of Europe and Asia could enable the country to unlock significant untapped benefits of growing cargo flows between the two continents. For this, it is critically important for Kazakhstan to create a ...
UN/CEFACT recommendation to help scale up private sector successes in streamlining international trade (15 May 2019)

Streamlining border crossing and helping traders to access international markets can provide significant stimulus to national economies. A Single Window for international trade is the ideal solution to achieving this; however, fostering the cooperation between government agencies and replacing ...
The five United Nations Regional Commissions to work together to make PPP ‘fit for purpose’ for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (15 May 2019)

Those hoping to see increased cooperation between the public and private sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were given a boost on Wednesday 7 May to 8 May when the Heads of the UN Regional Commissions decided to share a platform and give their support to new forms of ...
UNECE and over 50 standards bodies sign Declaration on Gender Responsive Standards (14 May 2019)

Women are widely under-represented in developing the standards that affect so many areas of our lives, from the infrastructure on which economies depend, to the products we consume every day and the technologies needed to address a wide range of sustainability challenges. Many of these standards ...
Amendment to UN agreement will help more countries ensure safe transport of dangerous goods (13 May 2019)

Far too many accidents involving the transport of dangerous goods still occur in countries all around the world. Recent incidents among the dozens recorded every month include the explosion last week of an overturned petrol tanker in Niamey, Niger, that killed 58 people, seriously burning close to ...
UNECE and FAO take stock of the state of forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia in first ever study (07 May 2019)

The forests of the Caucasus and Central Asia are vital in fighting erosion and desertification in the harsh climates of the region. They host a rich biodiversity and provide livelihoods for the rural population, who have few other sources of revenue. These forests also serve as important sources of ...
As Europe races ahead with electric vehicles, UN Framework helps manage critical raw materials for batteries (18 April 2019)

Country after country in Europe is racing to put more and more electric cars on the road as Europe strives to position itself as a world leader in electric vehicle innovation, digitization and decarbonization. If electric vehicles are going to feature so prominently in a connected and automated ...
Member States underscore value of UNECE’s integrated support for 2030 Agenda implementation in the region (12 April 2019)

Fifty-six member States from Europe, North America and Central Asia have come together to reaffirm their commitment to harnessing UNECE as a key platform for cooperation to advance progress towards the ambitious Sustainable Development Goals in the region. Intergovernmental discussions held this ...
Mayors call for greater recognition by the United Nations of the key role of local governments in achieving the SDGs (08 April 2019)

Cities play an essential role in addressing some of today’s major sustainability challenges, whether it comes to reducing the impact of climate change, giving people a home, strengthening resilience to disasters or reducing pollution. Mayors meeting today at the United Nations in Geneva for the ...
New UNECE guidelines support improved measurement of international labour mobility (27 March 2019)

International labour migration is an increasingly important feature of the interconnected global economy. It has never been easier for people to travel and work in other countries, especially in common market areas such as the European Union. This expansion of international labour mobility has ...
China blast highlights need to continuously improve industrial and chemical safety – solutions exist (26 March 2019)

A major accident at a chemical plant in China last week, which killed around 65 people and injured 94 more – with several dozen still unaccounted for – highlights the urgent need to strengthen measures to ensure safety for the transport of dangerous goods and industrial facilities. According ...
Learn to love forests: Geneva encourages forest education to change the world for the better (21 March 2019)

Forests are life in its essence. Through education and training we can help safeguard these important and highly diverse ecosystems, providing clean air and water, while supplying food, wood and shelter. Today, the global community celebrates the International Day of Forests (IDF) 2019 under the ...
SDG Snapshot report highlights strong progress but persistent challenges for UNECE region (21 March 2019)

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What are statistics worth? Determining the value of Official Statistics (07 March 2019)

‘Evidence-based decision-making’. It’s a term that rolls off the tongue almost without having to think about it, so commonplace has it become in the everyday jargon of policy-making and sustainable development circles. But it’s something that does bear thinking about. What is a decision ...
New UN Convention will significantly speed up international rail travel for passengers, especially in Europe and Asia (22 February 2019)

Rail travel offers an efficient, safe and environmentally friendly means of transport, with significant untapped potential to support progress on a range of Sustainable Development Goals spanning from economic growth to climate action. Global passenger rail travel is growing, with over 3,731 ...
Countries adopt 2030 strategy for sustainable inland transport (22 February 2019)

Ministers of Transport and high-level officials from across the globe came to the Transport Week of the 81st plenary session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC), to debate on cutting-edge issues, including automation and digitalization in transport, and participate in the discussion of a ...
Autonomous transport must be developed with a global eye (19 February 2019)

Automation in transport, including “self-driving” autonomous vehicles, has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people and transform mobility as we know it. It could enable a safer, more efficient, accessible and ecological means of transport. It could also ultimately save billions ...
Piecing together the puzzle: new UNECE guidance on data integration for migration (14 February 2019)

Measuring international migration is a complex task. To paint a complete picture we need to know not only how many people enter and leave a country—which in itself is challenging enough—but also the characteristics of those people and the ways in which they integrate into and impact ...
Official statistics on the right track in Uzbekistan says new report (13 February 2019)

Official statistics provide an indispensable element in the information system of any country, serving the government, the economy and the public with data about the economic, demographic, social and environmental situation. National statistical systems also play a vital role in measuring ...
UN Regulation on Advanced Emergency Braking Systems for cars to significantly reduce crashes (12 February 2019)

Some 40 Countries have agreed on a draft United Nations Regulation for Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) for cars. This will significantly improve road safety, especially in cities, where in the European Union alone, over 9,500 fatalities were recorded in 2016, accounting for 38% of all ...
UN Regional Commissions launch 3rd UN Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation (07 February 2019)

The third United Nations Global Survey on Digital and Sustainable Trade Facilitation 2019 has been launched by UNECE and its four counterpart United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRCs) across the globe. The Survey helps to track countries’ progress on a range of measures to make trade more ...
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. ...
Economic trends in the CIS and South-Eastern Europe are broadly positive: UN report (21 January 2019)

CIS economies remain commodity-dependent, while South-Eastern Europe must overcome structural ...
Europe: Robust growth ahead, with numerous downside risks (21 January 2019)

Risks include increased trade tensions, a shift in policy stance, and ...
Signs suggest global economic growth spurt has peaked but will remain steady at 3 percent in 2019–2020 (21 January 2019)

Economic prospects threatened by weakened support for multilateralism, tightening of financial conditions and heightened trade tensions The global economy will continue to grow at a steady pace of around 3 percent in 2019 and 2020 amid signs that global growth has peaked. However, a worrisome ...
UNECE census guidelines on alternative data sources can help save time and money (10 January 2019)

Without a census, we cannot know such fundamental things as how many people live in a country, their ages or their income per capita. We cannot meaningfully predict future population and the need for schools, homes or public services. Censuses are essential for many of the indicators that enable us ...