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List of Press Releases - 2019-8

UNECE supports action on food loss and waste with new measurement methodology and code of ‎good practice for handling fresh produce ‎ (28 November 2019)

Sustainable Development Goal Target 12.3 is to halve by 2030 per capita global food waste at the retail and consumer levels and reduce food losses along production and supply chains, including post-harvest losses. The need for action is urgent - consider for instance that on average 14% of all the ...
UNECE adopts the first international standard for dried melons (20 November 2019)

More than 9 million tonnes of melons of various types are produced worldwide every year. Most melons are consumed fresh, leading to an abundance of available produce in many regions of the world including in Central Asia. Compared to the overall production, export volumes in Central Asia are low. ...
UNECE launches English-Russian-Chinese trade facilitation glossary, helping to cut red tape ‎across Eurasia and beyond (19 November 2019)

Harmonizing and standardizing not only trade procedures, but also the accompanying information flows, can unlock significant time and cost savings. For this, using the same terminology and the same semantics of terms in different languages is crucial. To support this aim, UNECE has today released ...
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 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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...