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  The COVID-19 pandemic stopped trade routes, disrupted supply chains, and impacted international trade globally. Kyrgyzstan is no exception. According to its Ministry of Economy, Kyrgyzstan’s
Innovation is central to build back better after the COVID-19 pandemic and to drive sustainable development. Making up over 10% of Gross Domestic Product globally, public procurement carries the potential to stimulate broad experimentation with new ideas and technologies to attain economic,
COVID-19 has significantly changed the way UN/CEFACT works. As the focal point within the United Nations Economic and Social Council for trade facilitation recommendations and electronic business standards, UN/CEFACT typically convenes experts twice per year to a week-long Forum to discuss
Data can be a matter of life and death. We have seen in recent years how statistical information about the structure of the communities affected by earthquakes or typhoons—how many people, in which age groups, and in which locations—is essential for making quick and informed decisions to mobilize
The COVID-19 health crisis has caused wide-ranging socio-economic disruption worldwide. This has exposed and aggravated existing social imbalances. The pandemic has called for unprecedented measures to protect those so close to our heart: our parents, grandparents, the elderly and vulnerable.
From the very beginning of the Covid-19 crisis, it has been clear that there is a gender dimension to its
UNECE statistical modernization programme supports countries’ response to data collection challenges A virtual UNECE workshop concludes today in which experts on surveys, censuses and alternative data collection methods have revealed their brand-new learning about the best ways to maintain core
Supporting countries in the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is UNECE’s key priority. The SDGs are embedded in all UNECE workstreams, including trade. Sustainable trade reforms can promote inclusive growth, job creation and poverty reduction, thus contributing to the
With the consequences of COVID-19 still unfolding, one area of major disruption has been to global food systems, resulting in significant increases in food loss and waste. Today, the first ever International Day of Awareness of Food Loss and Waste, is a wake-up call. We must access and make
The Sustainable Development Goals cannot be achieved by governments alone. As uneven progress made worldwide is being threatened by the COVID-19 crisis, massive and multistakeholder action is urgently needed, with a critical role for the private sector. Joining business and political leaders,
  While COVID-19-related disruptions may have impacted people’s mobility and slowed cross-border movements of people and goods this year, pollution knows no travel restrictions. Air pollutants, travelling through our atmosphere, can harm people and the environment even thousands of kilometres from
In early March this year, the UN Secretary-General called for countries to step up their efforts and turn deforestation around in order to make 2020 a ‘super year’ for nature. This call arrived
The COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown measures implemented by most of the governments in the UNECE region have fundamentally changed the way we work, study, communicate, define priorities and function in our everyday life. Governments and international organisations have focused on immediate
Most Governments have responded to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic by declaring a state of emergency and by adopting numerous measures to combat the spread of the virus, which have often included restrictions on the freedoms of assembly and movement. This has altered the way in which
Like so much else in our societies that we had taken for granted before the COVID-19 crisis, the daily commute has for many been temporarily set aside in a makeshift home office. After weeks of lockdown and confinement, the priority now is to relaunch the economy, while maintaining the necessary
By UNECE Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova and UN Women Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia Alia El-Yassir Since the global outbreak of COVID-19, essential workers have been risking their lives in order to protect ours. No expense should be spared to ensure the availability and
Meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America, 3 - 6 March 2020, PPP experts from around the world identified concrete steps for integrating resilience into infrastructure and PPP projects. The 10 PPP experts, representing the 8 Specialist Centres affiliated to UNECE (in China,
From young gender equality advocates to high-ranking government officials, more than 700 key stakeholders will gather in Geneva on 29-30 October 2019 to review the progress made on the commitments of the
Geneva, 2 October 2019     I am deeply saddened to announce that Mr. Andrey Vasilyev, the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), passed away this morning in Geneva, Switzerland, after a long illness. Mr. Vasilyev had a distinguished career of almost 30 years at
The UN entities in Europe and Central Asia keep forging ahead in better connecting their expertise and capacities to support the 2030 Agenda in the region. The
The UNECE region is among the most highly urbanized regions in the world, with over 75% of the population living in cities in Europe, 80% in North America and close to 50% in Central Asia. This share is projected to continue to rise, making the issue of sustainable urban development a critical
How can we turn intentions into action? At the 2019 Regional Forum, 850 key stakeholders demonstrated their readiness to act for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – not with lip service but concrete solutions. Gathering in Geneva on 21-22 March 2019, change makers from governments of 50
What can we learn from each other to deliver better results on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)? When governments and key stakeholders gather in less than two weeks for the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (21-22 March), they will have their hands full as they exchange