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Sustainable Development

UNECE and partners support seven countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Caucasus to transform construction sector for climate goals

As countries seek to rapidly decarbonize their economies, investing in energy efficiency and the improved performance of buildings offers significant near term gains. Available measures can help transform the building and construction sector, which today is responsible for approximately 40% of energy- and process-related greenhouse gas emissions worldwide.   

UNECE reviews the environmental performance of Tajikistan for the fourth time

In the UNECE region, the Fourth Cycle of Environmental Performance Reviews (EPR) kicks off with the review of Tajikistan, carried out for the fourth time under the leadership of UNECE.  

A large, multidisciplinary team of international experts worked in Dushanbe from 6 to 15 November 2023, assessing the environmental performance of the country by examining developments during the past eight years.  

UN Convention will unify legal system for carriage of cargo between Europe and Asia

Cargo carriage by rail between Europe and Asia will be made easier, quicker and thus cheaper thanks to the adoption of a new United Nations Convention unifying applicable legal rules.   

Until now, rail transport of goods from Asia to Europe was not covered by one uniform legislative system, putting rail at a disadvantage compared to other means of transport (road transport is subject to the Convention on the Contract for the International Carriage of Goods by Road (CMR), maritime transport covered by the Hague Visby Rules and air traffic covered by the Montreal Convention).  

New UNECE recommendation to strengthen private sector participation in National Trade Facilitation Bodies

Strong private sector engagement positively impacts the relevance, legitimacy, and credibility of national trade facilitation bodies (NTFBs) and encourages a business-centric approach to trade facilitation. Over the past several years, governments, donors and international organizations have invested in establishing such bodies and currently they exist in many countries around the world.

UN Special Envoy for Road Safety visits China to advocate for actions in addressing new road safety challenges

The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety (Special Envoy) will travel to China to meet representatives from various sectors, advocating for effective implementation of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2021-2030 with an aim of halving the

Pan-European countries convene to increase resilience to climate change under the Protocol on Water and Health

In the pan-European region, citizens are feeling the impacts of climate change through extreme weather events. This undermines equitable access to water and sanitation as human rights, due to increasing water scarcity and increased burden of water diseases due to overflow of untreated sewerage caused by flash floods. 

New recommendations and standards for sweet potatoes and pecans to facilitate international trade

Sweet potato is a tropical plant which, despite its name, is not related to potatoes. It is a nutritious food rich in vitamin A and C, antioxidants and phytochemicals. Furthermore, sweet potatoes are also a drought-tolerant vegetable, valued for their resilience in diverse agricultural systems. The adaptability of sweet potatoes to different climates and their ability to thrive in a variety of soil types have contributed to their widespread cultivation.