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Check out UNECE's new video on its Framework Convention on Energy sources!
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#Airpollution costs 225 billion dollars (199 billion euros) to global economy and affects eight out of ten citizens in the world.
What #UNECE does to reduce air pollution and protect the #environment ? Discover it on http://ow.ly/AjZI3043JgP and don’t forget that you can also take action, by choosing sustainable modes of transport, for example.
Thanks for contributing to better air quality!
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#UNECE calls for active strategies to meet older migrants’ needs.
In recent decades, the number of international migrants globally has grown faster than the world’s population. While the current refugee crisis has drawn the focus of attention to newly arriving asylum seekers, the UNECE region has long been a destination for migrants. In Northern and Western Europe, the bulk of today’s migrants over the age of 65 came in the decades after World War II as labour migrants and have since grown older and retired in their host country. Whilst many migrants choose to grow old in their host country, the international mobility of older persons is on the increase with more and more people migrating at an older age.
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#migration #population #SDGs
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Helping CentralAsia countries explore their trade potential in nuts and dried fruit.

Keep reading about it: http://ow.ly/gEew302EY3W

UNECE, together with the United Nations Development Programme - UNDP and the GIZ, and supported by the Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade of Uzbekistan held, in Tashkent, a practical training workshop on Agri-Food Supply Chains in the Cross-Border Trade of Nuts and Dried Fruit focusing on quality, FoodSafety, business processes and potential markets. The first training of its kind in Uzbekistan, the workshop brought together over 70 participants from Uzbekistan and Central Asia, and from both the public and private sectors - all keen on learning more about how to explore the region’s large but so far largely untapped export potential in this sector.
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China’s ratification of the United Nations TIR Convention opens prospects for new international trade routes.

“China’s accession to the TIR Convention will open new efficient and faster transport opportunities and transport routes between China and Europe. It can become a real game changer for international trade and is a strong contribution to the Chinese vision for “One Road One Belt”. We warmly welcome China to the TIR Convention and look forward to working closely with China and all TIR contracting partners to turn this decision into strong opportunities for trade, transport and economic growth,” said UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach.
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Check out Dukascopy TV interview with Oleg Dzioubinski from UNECE on Energy and Sustainable Development
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On 13-16 September 2016 #UNECE will host the 77th session of the Committee on Housing and Land Management.
It will bring together high-level representatives of governments and stakeholders from the UNECE region and observers to discuss the implementation of the Geneva UN Charter on #SustainableHousing, the Committee's Strategy for Sustainable Housing and Land Management in the ECE region 2014-2020, its programme of work for 2016-2017, and national policies on housing, urban development and land management.
A number of side events and workshops will be organised back to back with the Committee session.
Discover more on http://ow.ly/In4R304ajFz #HLM
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READ the new blog post by Christian Friis Bach on #BigData and #SDGs
"Big Data and Machine learning can help achieve SDGs"

"The amount of digital information in the world is growing exponentially, doubling approximately every two years. With the Internet-of-Things, this will move even faster. In 2012, there were less than 9 billion devices connected to the internet. In 2020, some say this number will be more than 50 billion. In 2025, McKinsey expects this number to have increased to 1 trillion. All these devices will be connected, all will be sending data to the cloud. This is mind-boggling. We need to use the power of this data tsunami to improve our understanding of the world we live in. This is why we need Big Data for official statistics.
The use of Big Data will be an important part of the data landscape as we move forward in the measurement of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Big Data will change the very way in which we produce data and develop statistics. We will see multi-source statistics where Big Data will play a significantly larger role – combined with data from statistical surveys and censuses, administrative registers and geospatial information systems. This can improve the quality of our data."
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UNECE brings resource classification to ‪‎Mongolia‬.

Organized jointly by UNECE and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in collaboration with the Mongolian Ministry of Mining, the training course will focus on a series of case studies and live exercises on applying UNFC (United Nations Framework Classification for Fossil Energy and Mineral Reserves and Resources -2009) to current projects. The participants will learn how integrated development of energetic basins can be well managed.

Read more on UNECE website: http://bit.ly/2aCJx38
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France joins the #AarhusConvention’s amendment on genetically modified organisms (#GMO)

On 11 July 2016, France approved the amendment on genetically modified organisms (GMO amendment) to the UNECE Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), raising the total number of the Parties to the amendment to 30. The GMO amendment is a response to the growing recognition, including in a green economy context, of the need for transparency and public participation in decision-making on GMOs.
France has been actively engaged in the activities under the Aarhus Convention for a long time.

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Ending Poverty and Reducing Inequalities – knowing where we stand

The UNECE region has neither the high economic inequalities typical for the Latin American region nor the high extreme poverty rates faced by some African countries. Yet, poverty continues to be widespread, especially affecting vulnerable population groups, such as ethnic minorities, immigrants, single parents, the elderly and children.

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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) http://www.unece.org/ Comments or questions, please drop us a line at: info.ece@unece.org
Introduction
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was established in 1947 to promote economic integration among its member States and beyond. UNECE has 56 member States located in Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia and North America.

Through dialogue, policy advice and technical assistance, we help our members cooperate to mutual benefit. We develop international norms, standards and regulations with national experts of our member countries and serve as the secretariat for a number of regional and global conventions and protocols. 

In carrying out our mandate and initiatives, we work closely the other UN regional commissions, global institutions and key stakeholders. More than 70 international professional organizations and non-governmental organizations also participate in our work.


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Our areas of expertise cover economic cooperation and integration, energy, environment, housing and land management, population, statistics, timber, trade, and transport. Through these targeted fields we endeavor to improve living standards in a sustainable way. Our numerous activities allow us to deal with the challenges of the 21st century, from transport and energy to environment and security.