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UNECE strengthens capacities in Central Asia for mine tailings safety and prevention of accidental water pollution

Mining is an important sector and economic contributor in Central Asian countries due to their rich mineral base. However, the mining activities also generate huge amount of waste which can contain hazardous substances and must be safely stored in so-called tailings management facilities (TMFs). The expected global increase in the demand for minerals and metals will also translate in an increase in tailings management facilities, bringing risks to the environment and populations.

The UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits East Africa (29 May-8 June) to support new mobility initiatives

After a mission earlier this month to West Africa (Senegal and Ivory Coast), Special Envoy Jean Todt will visit Ethiopia (May 29-31), Kenya (June 1-5) and Zimbabwe (June 6-8) to meet with ministers and representatives of the public and private sector, and NGOs, to advocate for the effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030, which aims to halve the number of victims on the road by 2030. 

PPPs can drive digital and green transformations for sustainable development

The world is facing multiple global crises and the 2030 deadline for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is fast approaching. More and faster investment in sustainable infrastructure that supports the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is therefore needed. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) can be a powerful tool to mobilise such investment, but they can also be complex and time-consuming. How can PPPs be more efficient and effective in support of the SDGs? 

Finland and Namibia pilot twinning initiative to strengthen transboundary water cooperation under UN Water Convention

Finland and the Republic of Namibia, both countries which are strong advocates for transboundary water cooperation in their respective regions and globally, have just embarked on a two-year pilot Twinning Initiative to exchange experiences, build capacity and strengthen bilateral cooperation on transboundary water management. It is the first Twinning of its kind between the two countries. 

Uzbekistan is stepping up efforts to use innovation as a driver for the circular economy transition

The transition towards a circular economy could create an estimated 4.5 trillion USD of global economic growth by 2030, while helping to restore natural systems. Within the landlocked countries of Central Asia, this transition can help economies diversify away from a dependence on exports of finite resources, reduce negative environmental impacts, and create new business opportunities and jobs.  

UN/CEFACT spearheads efforts to bolster resilience of supply chains

In the world grappling with the triple crisis, encompassing the COVID-19 pandemic, ongoing regional conflicts, and climate change, disruptions of global supply chains are becoming more evident, resulting in the global trade slowdown. More specifically, these challenges have led to a significant decrease in international trade and investment flows, exacerbating supply shortages and contributing to the growing issues of inflation and rising prices.  

Uzbekistan takes further measures to improve road safety

On the occasion of the 7th UN Global Road Safety Week, UNECE together with UNICEF Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Interior of Uzbekistan organized a workshop to discuss how to improve the national road safety system in the country. 

The workshop kicked off with a policy dialogue with national road safety stakeholders on the preliminary findings and recommendations of Uzbekistan’s Road Safety Performance Review (RSPR), and it was followed by a capacity-building workshop on speed management and safe vehicles.  

Montenegrin authorities and civil society come together under the Protocol on Water and Health to advance equitable access to water and sanitation

Guaranteeing safe access to drinking water and sanitation remains a challenge in the pan-European region, with 16 million people still lacking access to basic drinking water services and over 29 million people not having access to basic sanitation, including hundreds of thousands who have to practice open defecation. This regional trend is also reflected in Montenegro, a country with stark geographical disparities when it comes to access to water and sanitation.  

Quality infrastructure is centre stage at UNECE WP.6 for World Metrology Day

20 May marks the World Metrology Day, celebrating the international system of units, which coincides with the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This treaty created the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) which coordinate international metrology and the development of internationally recognized systems of measurement.