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UN Environment Assembly highlights rising global role of UNECE Multilateral Environmental Agreements to address triple planetary crisis   

Faced with increasing impacts of climate change, pollution and biodiversity loss, which together constitute the “triple planetary crisis”, no country can act alone. Like nature itself, these challenges know no borders, which makes international cooperation a crucial part of action to address them.  

How can sustainability standards transform the raw materials sector in a changing world

The raw materials sector is at the forefront of global challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, as it plays a vital role in the energy, transport, and digital transitions required to mitigate and adapt to climate change. However, the sector also faces significant pressures from consumers, investors, and regulators, who demand higher sustainability and responsibility standards. The question arises: How can the raw materials sector cope with these demands and leverage them as opportunities for innovation and differentiation?  

The UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety is visiting Côte d'Ivoire to raise awareness on life saving actions

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will visit Côte d'Ivoire (29 February - 3 March 2024) to support national authorities' road safety initiatives. In particular, the Special Envoy will launch the United Nations Global Campaign for Road Safety, in partnership with JCDecaux, under the motto #MakeASafetyStatement, to raise awareness on life-saving actions. The launch event is organized on 2 and 3 March 2024 in Bouaké with the Ministry of Transport of the Government the Republic of Côte d'Ivoire. 

UNECE’s city profile of Podgorica, Montenegro, to support smart urban development

In recent years, Montenegro and its capital city, Podgorica, have been committed to accelerate sustainable and smart urban development through a variety of ambitious national and regional and local measures, such as digitalization of public services, modernization of public transport, and to increase environmental protection.  

24Seconds: mobilizing brands for safer roads through the UN Road Safety Fund

Every year approximately 1.19 million people die, and 50 million people are left with life-altering injuries. The urgency is clear: road crashes are not just statistics; they are a global epidemic affecting children, young adults, and communities at large. If current trends continue, road crashes are poised to become the 5th leading cause of death for all age groups by 2030, resulting in an additional 13 million deaths and 500 million injuries.

Executive Secretary to highlight global relevance of UNECE Multilateral Environmental Agreements at UN Environment Assembly

Multilateral Environmental Agreements (MEAs) will be at the forefront of discussions at the sixth session of the United Nations Environment Assembly (UNEA-6) on how to tackle the triple planetary crisis. 

Executive Secretary Tatiana Molcean will lead a UNECE delegation to UNEA-6, the world’s highest decision-making body on the environment, which takes place from 26 February to 1 March at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. 

UNECE to develop a guide promoting green and sustainable PPP procurement for the SDGs 

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require a massive transformation of our economies and societies, and a shift towards more sustainable patterns of production and consumption. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are a powerful tool to support this transformation, as they can mobilise private sector capital and expertise to deliver public services and infrastructure that are aligned with the SDGs.