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Environmental Policy


Double Rainbow over Geneva

The environmental challenges in our region are many and interlinked. Air pollution caused some 600,000 deaths in 2012, and more than 100 million people still do not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. Added to these, releases of hazardous chemicals, climate change, effective engagement of the public in decision-making and access to environmental information and justice are among major concerns we need to address urgently.
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50 years of UNECE - Environment

50 years of environment at UNECE

UNECE’s support to the Aral Sea region

In focus

UNECE taking the lead to organize a high-level event of the Regional Commissions at CBD COP-15

The impacts of climate change, pollution and the loss of biodiversity are the most pressing environmental challenges for our planet.

From 7 to 19 December 2022, the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) will hold its second part of its 15th Conference of the Parties (COP-15) in Montreal. This paramount meeting is supposed to adopt the post 2020 global biodiversity framework.

In 2022, the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) will coordinate the United Nations five Regional Commissions (RCs), which also comprise of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), and Economic and Social Commission for West Asia  (ESCWA). Read more