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New UN Regulation to enhance safety of transport of children in buses and coaches

The majority of the buses and coaches currently in use worldwide are not equipped with safety-belts. And if they are, they are equipped with safety-belts designed to protect adults by means of 2-point or 3-point harness seat belts. These types of safety-belts are not suitable for use on and by children because they could lead to serious injuries and event fatalities in road crashes.  

Over 40 countries gathered in Budapest to drive development of transboundary water cooperation agreements and other arrangements

Transboundary rivers, lakes, and aquifers play a vital role in supporting the livelihoods of billions of people worldwide. Roughly 60% of global freshwater flow is in shared basins. About 40% of the world’s population lives in shared basins. The development and management of transboundary water resources have historically been fraught with challenges. Divergent interests, inadequate legal frameworks, and limited technical capacity have often impeded equitable and sustainable cooperation among riparian states.

New “green” loan options for SMEs and underserved individuals in North Macedonia

New loan options with Performance-Based Payments (PBPs) will be made available to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and seven target groups of creditworthy but underserved individuals/households from North Macedonia. The loans are to be used for investments in renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) solutions, such as: photovoltaics, heat pumps, inverters, solar panels, efficient heating systems, etc. 

UN Tools can help Central Asia tap its Critical Raw Materials potential

Critical Raw Materials (CRMs) are essential for the production and deployment of low-carbon technologies, such as wind turbines, solar panels, electric vehicles, and batteries. However, they also pose significant challenges regarding supply, demand, environmental and social impacts, and governance. Central Asia has a rich and diverse mineral resource base, which includes mineable reserves of most CRMs, such as lithium, rare earth elements, and uranium.

UNECE countries build new partnerships for circular economy transition through Circular STEP platform

According to the 2023 Global Circularity Gap Report by the Circle Economy Foundation, transitioning to a circular economy will allow us to fulfil people's needs with only 70% of the materials we currently extract and use. The benefits of the circular economy are tremendous, as it not only addresses waste management issues but also drives innovation and creates new business practices and jobs.  

Botswana accelerates progress on Water Convention accession and shared river agreements

Almost all of Botswana’s territory sits within transboundary rivers basins. Although landlocked, Botswana is therefore a ‘water-linked’ country. The Cubango-Okavango, Limpopo, Orange-Senqu and Zambezi Rivers all provide crucial freshwater arteries that supply people and nature, including the Okavango Delta, a major tourist destination for the country. 

Central Asia moves to become a regional hub for innovation to advance sustainable development

With a long history of reliance on resource-based industries for growth, countries of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) - Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan - have embraced the power of innovation for further growth and for delivering on their commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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