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United Nation Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety to launch global road safety campaign in South Africa

The launch events are to be held in Johannesburg and Pretoria with the participation of the Minister of Transport of South Africa and the Executive Mayors of Tshwane and Johannesburg

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will visit South Africa from 13 to 15 May 2024 to support national and local authorities’ road safety initiatives. In particular, the Special Envoy will launch the UN Global Campaign for Road Safety, in partnership with the No.1 outdoor…

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Global use of United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) grows to support more sustainable resource management

The adoption of UNFC and UNRMS continues to expand, as evidenced by new legislation such as its integration into the EU Critical Raw Materials Act

UNECE Resource Management Week 2024 spotlighted the growing roles of the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC) and the United Nations Resource Management System (UNRMS) in promoting sustainable development through enhanced integration and effective management of natural resources.  Growing global application: The adoption of UNFC and UNRMS continues to expand, as evidenced…

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Water Convention facilitates negotiations between Democratic Republic of Congo and Zambia on the establishment of the Luapula River and Lake Mweru Authority

The two Parties exchanged views and agreed on the language, content, scope and objectives of the proposed draft agreement, as well as a road map to complete the negotiation

The Water Convention has facilitated the First round of Technical & Planning Negotiations of the Draft ‘Agreement on the Establishment of the Luapula River and Lake Mweru Authority between the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia on 18 and 19 April, concerning the transboundary Lake Mweru and Luapula River, a tributary…

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As widespread droughts spark national emergencies in Southern Africa, Water Convention and partners convene in Zambia to strengthen transboundary water cooperation

The event was designed to support states, river basin and lake organizations

On 29 February 2024 Zambia declared a National Crisis and Emergency regarding a drought gripping the country and which has decimated food and energy supply. Other Southern African countries have declared similar National Emergencies due to severe drought, including Zimbabwe in April. Severe droughts have also developed or recently intensified…

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Chad validates its strategy and implementation plan for the Water Convention

The 10th session of the Meeting of the Parties to the Water Convention in October 2024 will be an opportunity for Chad to present its priority needs on the basis of this plan and explore possible support from technical and financial partners

Much of Chad's water resources are shared, notably the Lake Chad basin and its many tributaries and distributaries (shared with Cameroon, Central African Republic, Libya, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan and Algeria), the Niger River basin (shared with Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Niger and Nigeria) and the Nubian…

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The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety is visiting Côte d'Ivoire to raise awareness on life saving actions

The Special Envoy will launch the United Nations Global Campaign for Road Safety, in partnership with JCDecaux, under the motto #MakeASafetyStatement

The United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt, will visit Côte d'Ivoire (29 February - 3 March 2024) to support national authorities' road safety initiatives. In particular, the Special Envoy will launch the United Nations Global Campaign for Road Safety, in partnership with JCDecaux, under the motto…

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Sierra Leone accelerates progress on Water Convention accession

A high-level commitment for Sierra Leone’s accession was the main outcome of the National workshop organized on 23-24 January 2024 by the Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation through the National Water Resources Management Agency (NWRMA)

Sierra Leone shares four major rivers with the neighbouring countries of Guinea and Liberia, including the Great Scarcies, Little Scarcies and Moa shared with Guinea, and Mano River shared with Liberia. All provide crucial freshwater that sustains ecosystems, livelihoods and the well-being of communities.   In this context, Sierra Leone has…

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Burkina Faso confirms interest in joining the Water Convention to improve management of its shared water resources in a context of increased climate change

Joining the Water Convention will enable Burkina Faso to consolidate its existing cooperation with neighbouring countries, by facilitating the implementation and application of these regional legal frameworks

Burkina Faso is one of the Sahelian countries hardest hit by the effects of climate change, experiencing torrential rains and floods, as well as periods of insufficient rainfall.   To  help address these challenges, through adaptation, resilience and concerted, shared management of its water resources, Burkina Faso officially confirmed on 19…

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Water cooperation must remain at core of climate action to address security and health risks, urges United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) at COP28

This call was further backed up by a new Policy Brief issued by the Transboundary Water Cooperation Coalition, comprising over 40 governments and organizations

Climate change is a major stress factor for the world’s water resources, heightening risks of conflict in shared basins, threatening health and undermining sustainable development.   During high-level discussions held at COP28 on the thematic days on Peace, Security, and Health and on Agriculture, Food and Water, UNECE and its partners…

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3rd Forum of Mayors to gather 50 city leaders at United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in push for networked and inclusive multilateralism

A rich programme of side events will address pressing issues such as the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles within local governments

The 3rd Forum of Mayors will bring together some 50 city leaders from around the world at the United Nations in Geneva on 2-3 October to share practical experiences of urban regeneration, and to help harness cities’ unique role in addressing some of the key challenges of our time.   Mayors will focus…