UNECE Weekly
770 19 - 23 November 2018

Road Safety

UN Road Safety Trust Fund approves first pilot projects


Road safety stakeholders from around the world have come together to advance the final steps in the operationalization of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. Member States representing each of the United Nations Regions – Argentina, Lebanon, Nigeria, Russian Federation, Sweden – gathered in Geneva this week alongside UN, multilateral development banks, private sector representatives, civil society and academic partners for the second meeting of the Advisory Board and Steering Committee of the United Nations Road Safety Trust Fund. The Fund’s bodies approved 5 pilot projects, for a total of nearly USD 1 million. New pledges announced this week bring the amounts pledged to the Fund to approximately USD 17 million to date.



EU conclusions on Water Diplomacy promote accession and implementation of the Water Convention


On 19 November, the Foreign Affairs Council of the European Union (EU) adopted new conclusions on Water Diplomacy which underline the link between water, security and peace and promote accession to and implementation of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). These conclusions articulate a new approach to water which reflects increasing challenges (such as climate change or growing water insecurity) and the impact on EU water diplomacy of both the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The conclusions underline the importance of transboundary water cooperation, institutions and governance for peace and stability. Indeed, around 40% of the world’s population depends on transboundary waters. This makes water cooperation key for the prevention of conflicts, regional integration and prosperity. 


Sustainable Energy

UNECE and the European Commission advocate for scaling up deployment in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the pan-European region


UNECE and the European Commission jointly hosted two sessions looking at the policy and investment options and challenges for scaling up deployment in renewable energy and energy efficiency and at the same time for durably addressing energy poverty and improving quality of life during the 9th International Forum on Energy for Sustainable Development in Kiev. The number of UNECE countries with policies relevant to renewable energy and energy efficiency has increased in the last years but various policy barriers still need to be removed to substantially increase renewable energy uptake and improve energy efficiency. Discussions focused on policy options and tools for stimulating investor confidence and ensuring the right regulatory and market frameworks were in place, as well as on identifying barriers to investment in sustainable energy and showcasing examples from international best practices on how to overcome these obstacles.


Sustainable Resource Management

Towards the use of the UN Framework Classification for Sustainable Resources Management in Europe


The United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) is a universally acceptable and internationally applicable scheme for the sustainable management of all energy and mineral resources. UNFC could in particular help in consolidating EU-level data on mineral reserves and resources, an issue of special interest within the current discussions on the access to critical raw materials and the EU strategy for the circular economy. This was at the heart debates at the workshop on “UN Framework Classification for Sustainable Resources Management in Europe”, organised in the framework of the EU Raw Materials Week, by UNECE, the European Commission, the European Federation of Geologists and EuroGeoSurveys.



UNECE supports Belarus on Technology and Innovation Foresight  


In a rapidly changing global and regional economy, a systematic approach to national technology and innovation foresight system is a central element to inform, monitor, and evaluate national science, technology and innovation strategies – ensuring that they contribute towards sustainable development. A solid foresight exercise leading to robust results should combine expert and stakeholder consultations, data mining and analysis, and creativity and horizon scanning. As the first activity of the UNECE capacity building programme for Belarus, UNECE recently organized a workshop on “National Technology Foresight Methodology” in Minsk, examining in depth different foresight approaches and tools, where experts from the Russian Federation, Kazakhstan, Romania and Belarus shared their national experiences and best practices on foresight methodology.


Sustainable Development

UN entities in Europe and Central Asia close ranks to support SDG progress


In view of member States requiring more joined-up UN support to progress under the comprehensive 2030 Agenda and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the regional UN entities in Europe and Central Asia continue to move closer together to meet this demand. Gathering at the Regional UN System Meeting in Geneva on 15 and 16 November 2018, hosted by UNECE, Regional Directors and representatives of more than 20 UN regional offices reaffirmed their commitment to deepen cooperation, seek synergies and pool expertise in support of the SDGs. The Co-Chairs of the Regional UN System Meeting expressed their dedication to further develop the successful model of UN collaboration in the region and to better link up analytical, normative and operational work to maximize the concrete impact of UN activities on the ground. 



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