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Sustainable Development

Crises are further slowing sustainable development in Europe, North America and Central Asia, warns UNECE report

Efforts to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 are facing strong headwinds from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, shocks arising from climate change and the war against Ukraine, high interest rates and still-elevated inflation.  

Executive Secretary’s visit to EU Commission underscores mutual benefits of cooperation, with a strong focus on normative work 

In her first visit to Brussels as UNECE Executive Secretary, Tatiana Molcean held strategic discussions this week with European Commissioners for environment and energy, and high-level officials responsible for industrial policy, trade and cooperation with EU acceding, candidate and neighbouring countries. 

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Third Forum of UNECE Working Party on Regulatory Cooperation and Standardization Policies to focus on digital, green transformation including AI

Would you trust artificial intelligence (AI) in your heart? This is not some imaginary, science-fiction scenario. Biomedical companies are already developing pacemakers embedded with AI. Digital technologies like AI are also opening new possibilities such as improved management of natural resources and facilitating the shift towards a circular economy.  

UNECE Inland Transport Committee to focus on decarbonization of inland transport by 2050

The transport sector is responsible for 23% of global greenhouse gas emissions, with road transport accounting for around 77% of these emissions. As populations, economies, and the need for mobility grow, the World Bank estimates that greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from transport could increase by as much as 60% by 2050 if left unchecked

To get on track with the Net Zero Emissions scenario by 2050, CO2 emissions from the transport sector must fall by more than 3% per year by 2030.   

Advancing transparency, the rule of law and public participation regarding living modified organisms/genetically modified organisms

Ensuring the principles of environmental democracy are upheld in relation to modified organisms/genetically modified organisms (LMOs/GMOs) can help countries to address biodiversity loss and support progress on a number of Sustainable Development Goals, in particular Goals 2 (zero hunger), 15 (life on land) and 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions). 

UNECE to introduce the first ever methodology to measure particle emissions from tyres

Following the adoption last year of a methodology to measure the emissions from braking systems, UNECE’s World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) now turns to tackling emissions from tyres.   

Made from a mixture of natural and synthetic rubber and plastic polymers, including other chemical components, tyres represent a significant source of non-exhaust emissions. 

UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety visits Timor-Leste to advocate for safer mobility

Special Envoy Jean Todt is visiting Timor-Leste from 7 until 10 February, to meet H.E President José Manuel Ramos-Horta, ministers and representatives of the public and private sector, and civil society, to advocate for the effective implementation of the

New UN regulation paves the way for the roll-out of additional driver assistance systems

UNECE’s Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles has adopted the draft of a new regulation that defines provisions for the approval of vehicles with Driver Control Assistance Systems (DCAS) and provides minimum safety requirements for vehicles equipped with the Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS), such as lane keep assist. 

DCAS are a subset of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). While active, DCAS are able to stabilize or manoeuvre the vehicle.  

UNECE releases Inventory to help National Statistical Offices measure all aspects of our economies

UNECE has today released a detailed inventory of Thematic and Extended Accounts.  

This new resource offers comprehensive insights into the economic accounts published by countries worldwide that expand on the classical measures included in core national accounts.