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European Ministers of Transport, Health and Environment to discuss the future of healthy and sustainable mobility

The Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), jointly serviced by the UNECE and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, will hold its Fifth High-Level Meeting from 17 to 18 May 2021. The Fifth High-Level Meeting was due to be held in November 2020 in Vienna; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be hosted by Austria in a completely virtual format for the first time.  

Multiple ways to finance transboundary water cooperation exist but significant gaps remain, concludes a high-level workshop convened by UNECE and partners

While transboundary rivers, lakes and aquifers, accounting for 60 per cent of global freshwater flows, are of crucial importance for the sustainable development and political stability of riparian States, the financial means for their management, development and protection are insufficient in most parts of the world. This negatively affects more than 40 per cent of the world’s population, who live within or rely on the more than 300 transboundary basins on our planet, and delays achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6 on clean water and sanitation.

Albania identifies key sustainability challenges and opportunities using UNECE’s Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystem Nexus approach

Economic and social development in Albania crucially depends on the availability and good quality of water, land, forest and environmental resources, which are, however, under increasing pressure, including from climate change. An online consultation on the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus in Albania held on 14 December 2020, provided for broader engagement into a cross-sectoral assessment exercise.

30 years on, cooperation on environmental assessment must underpin countries’ green recovery

After months of the COVID-19 crisis challenging healthcare systems and undermining economies, governments worldwide are looking for ways to jump-start the economic recovery. Without factoring in environmental concerns, recovery packages risk undermining the foundations for sustainable development, aggravating pollution and other environmental challenges, and jeopardizing progress towards carbon neutrality.  

Towards a concerted management of groundwater in the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin to promote peace and resilience among States

A vision for transboundary cooperation around the Senegal-Mauritanian Aquifer Basin (SMAB) has been developed by representatives of the States that share this aquifer system, namely The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Mauritania and Senegal. 

UNECE leads second environmental performance review of Morocco

Morocco has requested UNECE to review its environmental performance for a second time. To provide the groundwork for the review, a team of UNECE and international experts will participate in a country hybrid mission from December 2020 to February 2021, first meeting national experts by virtual means and later going on a short mission to the country depending on the COVID-19  situation in early 2021. UNECE cooperates with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in conducting the review.