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Turkmenistan unveils plans for strategic use of Public-Private Partnerships to achieve SDGs

Turkmenistan has made significant progress in increasing the share of the non-state sector in its GDP (excluding fuel and energy), which reached 71.1% in 2022. Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) are considered by Turkmenistan as an important tool to further advance the implementation of the SDGs and to increase private sector GDP share and participation in the economy.   

UN Special Envoy for Road Safety visits Saudi Arabia to encourage further actions in improving road safety

The UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, is visiting Saudi Arabia to meet Ministers and stakeholders from the private sector, calling for further actions to address the challenge of road safety. While Saudi Arabia has made significant progress in tackling its traffic safety problem, road crashes remain one of the greatest causes of injury and fatality in the country. 

ICPD30 review in European region stresses need for people-centred development to address demographic challenges

Delegations from over 40 countries in the wider European region convened in Geneva on 19-20 October to review progress towards the goals adopted by the landmark 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and discuss priorities for the future. 

Between trees and terabytes: regional workshop in Kyrgyzstan aims to improve forest information systems

Forest ecosystems in the Caucasus, Central Asia and Eastern Europe are struggling with the complexity of changing climatic conditions, human and natural pressures threatening their vitality and resilience. 

To address these challenges and promote sustainable forest management, data on forest resources, including their extent, distribution, and conditions, as well as the social and economic benefits they provide are also needed.  

Water crises show need to link management of underground and surface waters in international basins, urge countries and UN

An estimated 3.6 billion people face inadequate access to water at least a month per year – a figure expected to increase to more than 5 billion by 2050.  According to WMO, over 50% of global catchment areas and reservoirs displayed deviations from normal conditions in 2022, of which the majority were drier than usual.

UN review of population trends in Europe, Central Asia and North America stresses that rights and choices must underpin policy responses to societal shifts

With the wider European region facing the impacts of several overlapping crises, including the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the ripple effects of the war in Ukraine and other conflicts in the region, speakers at a high-level regional population conference in Geneva today stressed that investing in the well-being and choices of people must remain a key priority for enabling countries to address current socio-economic and demographic challenges and make the most of the opportunities that also present themselves. 

UNECE launches a compendium to support micro, small, and medium-sized enterprises in their efforts to embrace circular economy models

Micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) account for over 90 per cent of registered enterprises in the UNECE region, spreading from North America to Central Asia. These enterprises hold immense potential to drive the transition towards a circular and green economy due to their agility and localized operations. However, they often face challenges such as limited access to finance, lack of technical knowledge, and regulatory and procedural barriers, which hinder their ability to fully leverage circular and sustainable practices.  

UNECE helps Central Asian countries attract sustainable and climate finance into PPP and infrastructure projects

Sustainable and climate finance needs in Central Asia are considerable, with an estimated 38 billion US dollars per year up to 2030. On the other hand, the total foreign direct investment flows in the region in 2022 amounted to 10 billion US dollars. The infrastructure finance gap is therefore huge, and private finance remains crucial to meet the sustainable infrastructure needs in Central Asia.