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Sustainable Development

At COP28, UNECE and partners highlight need to decarbonize inland transport and how UN tools and legal instruments can help

The global transport sector has the highest reliance on fossil fuels of any sector. In 2021 it accounted for almost one fourth of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The road transport sector, including passenger cars, buses, heavy and light duty commercial vehicles, is the major GHG contributor of the transport sector, accounting for approximately 77% of global transport related GHG emissions.  

COP28: UN urges coordinated action to align soaring Critical Raw Materials extraction and use with sustainable development

Critical Raw Materials (CRM) like lithium, nickel, cobalt, copper, manganese, graphite and rare earth elements are crucial for renewable energy technologies like solar panels, wind turbines and for battery production, driving the global shift to electrification.

Furthering accession to the Aarhus Convention in the Mediterranean Region

The Mediterranean Region, home to over 510 million people, is an important crossroads for economic, social and cultural exchanges between Europe, Africa, Asia and other continents. The region is rich in biodiversity, but has come under pressure due to the intensive exploitation of mineral resources and mass tourism linked to its numerous cultural landmarks. The region is also warming 20 per cent faster than the global average, placing additional pressure on already fragile ecosystems and vulnerable economies and societies.

Beyond simply ‘more data’, climate action demands better use of existing data and coordination, urges statistical community at COP28

Amid the proliferation of data related to climate change, the international statistical community has called at COP28 for greater coordination to improve statistics, address persistent gaps, and to fully leverage existing data systems for urgent climate action. This, as stressed in discussions convened by UNECE and partners, is crucial to produce reliable, coherent and accessible data for reporting, policymaking, and informing the public. 

Promoting digital access to information in support of green and circular economy

Transparency in the environmental performance of economic activities and effective public access to environmental information, especially on products, are indispensable in addressing pressing environmental challenges. This also supports a just transition towards a green and circular economy, enabling consumers to make environmental choices, developing sustainable value chains and strengthening trust in public authorities.  

UNECE emphasizes strategic learning in transformative innovation for sustainable future

In a rapidly evolving world, grappling with climate change and the triple planetary crisis, transformative innovation stands as a crucial solution to these pressing challenges.  Strategic learning is increasingly recognized as a key component in both ecosystem development and the broader realm of transformative innovation.  

UNECE and partners advocate for "transition finance" at COP28 to help hard-to-abate sectors and small businesses decarbonize

Climate investments of $1.6 to $3.8 trillion per year are needed from 2020 to 2050 to meet the objectives of the Paris Agreement, according to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

UNECE publishes legal framework for Public-Private Partnerships in support of the SDGs

Countries that wish to harness the potential of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) to advance the development, provision and operation of sustainable infrastructure and public services will find help in ensuring this is done in ways that support the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) thanks to the Standard PPP/Concession Legal Framework published today by UNECE.