Floods and droughts affect water supply, drainage, sewerage and wastewater treatment plants in cities.
UNECE guidance supports strengthened adaptation policies and integrated management procedures to ensure the protection of public health.
Examples of how UNECE helps reduce greenhouse gas emissions in cities include:
- Integrating climate change measures into policies and planning in cities through Environmental Performance Reviews and the Protocol on Strategic Environmental Assessment.
- Tackling short-lived air pollutants through the Air Convention.
UNECE’s Industrial Accidents Convention helps countries prevent accidents and limit their consequences for the environment and human health. Guidance on land-use planning, the siting of hazardous activities and related safety aspects provides a basis for better decision-making to prevent technological accidents and limit their effects on the population, the environment, and across borders. Regional and sub-regional capacity-development supports the implementation of the Guidance and fosters strengthened governance and policy integration among land-use planning and industrial safety authorities.
UNECE guidance on Standards for Disaster Risk Reduction helps ensure better preparedness and management of crises.