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Burkina Faso confirms interest in joining the Water Convention to improve management of its shared water resources in a context of increased climate change

Burkina Faso is one of the Sahelian countries hardest hit by the effects of climate change, experiencing torrential rains and floods, as well as periods of insufficient rainfall.  

To  help address these challenges, through adaptation, resilience and concerted, shared management of its water resources, Burkina Faso officially confirmed on 19 January 2024 its wish to accede to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes, more commonly known as the Water Convention. 

At Davos UNECE highlights relevance of its normative tools and partnerships to overcome global challenges in trade, energy and climate

At the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, UNECE Executive Secretary Tatiana Molcean highlighted the role of UNECE’s legal instruments, standards and tools in dealing with the most pressing global challenges, namely climate change, digital and green transformations, low-carbon energy transition, and disruptions of international trade caused by the ongoing geopolitical tensions.    

Uzbekistan's accession to the Protocol on Water and Health opens new opportunities for stronger action on water, sanitation, hygiene and health

Uzbekistan has joined to the UNECE-WHO/Europe Protocol on Water and Health, thereby becoming its 29th Party and the first country in Central Asia to join this treaty. Accession to the Protocol is expected to serve as a catalyst to further drive and streamline national action on water, sanitation, hygiene and health with the aim of ensuring access and protecting the growing population of Uzbekistan against water-borne disease and in a changing climate. 

New UN regulation will ensure durable batteries for electric vans

Batteries fitted to electric vans will be required to be of high quality and durable over the years thanks to a proposal agreed today by UNECE’s Working Party on Pollution and Energy (GRPE).  

The proposal will now be submitted to the UNECE-hosted World Forum for Harmonization of Vehicle Regulations (WP.29) for adoption in June 2024. 

UNECE introduces circular economy principles to business incubator models of Central Asian countries to achieve sustainable development

In recent years, the participating States of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) - Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - have observed rapid growth in the number and impact of business incubators and accelerators. At the same time, awareness of circular economy principles and the potential to move towards a zero-waste economic model remains at a relatively early stage.


Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan commit to improving transboundary water cooperation for the benefit of 3 million people in the Chu and Talas river basins

Today, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan signed a joint statement on the approval of the Strategic Action Programme (SAP) for the Chu and Talas river basins aimed at effective transboundary cooperation in the context of climate change to ensure health, security and economic well-being for the 3 million inhabitants as well as ecosystem resilience in the basin. The statement was signed by the Co-Chairs of the Chu-Talas Water Management Commission. 

Scientists provide recipe to halve Nitrogen pollution from food production

Nitrogen, which is vital for plant growth, is present in animal excreta and synthetic fertilisers that are applied to land to boost crop production. But excessive and inefficient use of this nutrient means up to 80% of it leaks into the environment, mostly in various polluting forms of nitrogen: ammonia and nitrogen oxides, which are harmful air pollutants; nitrous oxide, a potent greenhouse gas; and nitrate, which affects water quality.   

Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus: a decade of cross-sectoral cooperation under the Water Convention

Originally introduced in policy and development discussions in 2011, the water-food-energy-ecosystem nexus approach has evolved into a pivotal framework for sustainable development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Work on the water-energy-food-ecosystems nexus under the Water Convention started in 2013, with the development of a methodology to analyse cross-sectoral linkages – essentially resource management trade-offs and synergies — in transboundary settings in order to reconcile multiple water uses and facilitate cooperation.  

At Ministerial Meeting of Landlocked Developing Countries UNECE stresses that UN transport conventions and trade facilitation tools can help achieve better connectivity

Due to their geographical location, the world’s 32 Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) are facing common problems that negatively affect their economic engagement with the rest of the world. Long distances from the nearest seaports, inadequate transport and transit systems multiple border crossing and cumbersome transit procedures cause the LLDCs to incur higher transport and transit costs when compared to coastal countries.