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Advancing gender mainstreaming in transport, health and environmental policies in the Pan-European Region

Despite decades of discussions on the challenges and intersections between gender and transport, progress has been slow in implementing a gender perspective in transport policies. This has been problematic, for example, in urban planning which fails to recognise the different travel patterns between different genders, having an adverse impact on the mobility of women. Progress has been even slower for policies integrating the health and environmental aspects despite several studies demonstrating how transport policies, if including a gender perspective, can also be beneficial for the enviro

Discover the stories behind the best photographs of UNECE global photo contest “Humans locked down: Nature unlocked”

The COVID-19 pandemic spread around the world at lightning speed, devastating cities and communities and prompting a lockdown. The lockdown period also provided some respite for nature, resulting in memorable sights of ‘nature unlocked’ in our urban habitats.

Tackling methane emissions from fossil sectors is vital to slow near-term climate warming: readily available UNECE tools can support action

Human-caused methane emissions are rising, and must be reduced by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030 to limit global temperature rise to 1.5° C, warned the Global Methane Assessment released last month by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). This would avoid nearly 0.3° C of global warming by 2045 and complement all long-term climate change mitigation efforts.

UNECE and partners explore opportunities to finance Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus projects in the Western Balkans

Integrated management of water, energy and land resources, while protecting ecosystems, remains a substantial challenge in the Western Balkans. The Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus approach offers solutions that can reconcile potentially conflicting interests as they compete for the same scarce resources, while capturing existing opportunities and exploring emerging ones.

Ghana Launches its National Implementation Plan for the two Global Water Conventions

Ghana’s transboundary river basins, namely the Volta River basin (shared with Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Mali and Togo – home to over 23 million people, with a population projected to more than double by 2050), Bia and Tano Rivers (shared with Côte d’Ivoire) and Todzie-Aka basin (shared with Togo), cover over 75% of the country’s land surface and generate around 80% of freshwater flow.

Interagency group discusses solutions for air pollution from domestic heating in Serbia

Contrary to what most people think, transport is not the major source of particle pollution in the air. In fact, in Serbia and many other countries, domestic heating is the most important source of harmful particle pollution (PM2.5 and PM 10). In Serbia, pollution is a result of heating, which is mainly operated with individual wood or coal stoves and ovens.

Emission reductions from domestic heating and agricultural waste burning will help reduce black carbon in the UNECE region, promising climate benefits

Black carbon (BC) is an air pollutant with significant impacts on our health and climate. Resulting from incomplete combustion processes, it is part of fine particulate pollution (PM2.5) and estimated to have a warming impact on climate that is 460–1,500 times greater than that of carbon dioxide (CO2) per unit mass. It is recognized widely that mitigating BC emissions (in addition to CO2) is necessary to achieve the Paris Agreement goals.