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International Treaties Seminar: Road Safety, New York, 5 June


UNECE and the Office of Legal Affairs will organize a “Road Safety Treaty Day” for all Permanent Missions to the United Nations. The event – coorganized with the Regional Commissions New York Office and the International Road Transport Union (IRU) – will take place on 5 June 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters in New [...]

Meeting of the Parties to UNECE Treaties on Environmental Assessment in June


Published:28 May 2014 (ECE) Over 150 Government officials, representatives of international organizations, international financial institutions (IFIs), civil society, academia and other stakeholders from some 50 countries will meet in Geneva from 2 to 5 June to take stock of progress made in implementing environmental assessment procedures within the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) [...]

Acting Director-General of UNOG Michael Møller takes on functions of Acting Executive Secretary of UNECE


  Published:10 April 2014 UNECE Executive Secretary Sven Alkalaj left his position upon expiry of his contract on 8 April 2014. The Secretary-General has thanked Mr. Alkalaj for his service to the United Nations and for his accomplishments, leadership and commitment towards the goals of the Economic Commission for Europe. The Secretary-General has asked Mr. [...]

Switzerland joins the Aarhus Convention and its amendment on genetically modified organisms


Published:05 March 2014  On 3 March 2014, Switzerland ratified the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention) and its amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO amendment), raising the total number of Parties to the Convention to 47 [...]

65th session of the Economic Commission for Europe adopts renewed strategic framework for UNECE’s work

ECE 65th Session

At its 65th session, held from 9 to 11 April at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) adopted the outcome document of the review of the 2005 UNECE reform, which defines the strategic priorities for UNECE’s work for the coming years. The high-level debates were centred on [...]

UNECE Ministerial meeting “Making the Euro-Asian Transport Network Operational”

UNECE Ministerial Meeting

Published: 27 February 2013 On the occasion of the 75th Jubilee session of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), a high-level Ministerial meeting was held on 26 February 2013. More than fifty Ministers, Deputy Ministers and other high-level officials from across Europe and Asia gathered in Geneva [...]

UNECE Air Convention Parties adopt more stringent controls of heavy metals emissions and measures to help Parties from Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia to join in


Following three years of negotiations, Parties to the 1998 Protocol on Heavy Metals under the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution adopted historic amendments on 13 December 2012, the last day of the thirty-first session of the Executive Body, the Convention’s highest-level decision-making organ. Under the Protocol, Parties [...]

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