6 – 10 February 2023

In Focus

Annual session of Inland Transport Committee to focus on climate action

📢2 weeks left till 85th session of Inland Transport Committee focused on #ClimateAction.  🗓️21-24 Feb. ▶️  Custodian of 59 legal instruments ITC is the ultimate  @UN  regulatory platform for road, rail, inland, waterway & intermodal #transport.  #ITC4Climate 📢2 weeks left till 85th session of Inland Transport Committee focused on #ClimateAction. 🗓️21-24 Feb. ▶️ Custodian of 59 legal instruments ITC is the ultimate @UN regulatory platform for road, rail, inland, waterway & intermodal #transport. #ITC4Climate
The main theme of the 85th session of UNECE’s Inland Transport Committee (ITC) from 21 to 24 February 2023 will be how the inland transport sector can turn into a catalyst for climate solutions. Discussions will focus on critical partnerships to leave no-one behind in the climate battle; bridging regulators and innovators to bring to scale critical technologies supporting climate change mitigation actions; and on challenges and opportunities in the nexus of international financial and regulatory support for climate action.
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UNECE calls for action in labour market to adapt to population ageing at UN Commission for Social Development

“Older workers are not sufficiently valued and continue to face employment barriers across the UNECE region – which is at the forefront of population ageing,” warned Executive Secretary Olga Algayerova at the 61st session of the Commission for Social Development, calling for strengthened efforts to combat ageism. She also stressed the need to invest in decent working conditions of employees in health and care sectors. The UNECE Standing Working Group on Ageing will continue to help all countries in the region to realize the policy principles set out in the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing, adopted in 2002.


UNECE and Islamic Development Bank launch the International Transport Infrastructure Observatory

The observatory is a web-based platform that hosts data on a large variety of transport infrastructure networks, including road, rail, inland waterways, ports, airports, intermodal terminals, logistics centers, and border crossing points across Europe, Asia, Middle East, Western Mediterranean and North Africa. It operates as a virtual marketplace for financing transport infrastructure by providing an electronic interface between four user groups: governments, multilateral development banks, regional cooperation organizations, and the wider public.
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African Union issues sustainability guidance for mining sector based on United Nations Framework Classification for Resources

The guidance presented by the African Minerals Development Centre (AMDC) showcases the African Mineral and Energy Resource Classification and Management System and the Pan-African Resource Reporting Code, both of which are based on the United Nations Framework Classification for Resources (UNFC). UNFC is a universally acceptable and internationally applicable scheme for the classification, management and reporting of mineral and energy resources. Africa’s guidance will facilitate transparent financial reporting of mineral projects and will help the negotiation and implementation of reciprocal arrangements with other regions that aligned their initiatives with UNFC.


New Glossary for Inland Water Transport to facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation

The trilingual glossary provides a comprehensive list of terms and definitions used in the various fields of inland waterways, navigation and transport of goods and passengers by inland waterways. It aims to facilitate the understanding of UNECE rules, standards and resolutions relevant to inland water transport and to ensure the consistency of terminology with legal instruments and standards of international organizations. It also aims to assist waterway administrations and practitioners to establish a harmonized way of using the terms in the three languages, and to facilitate cross-sectoral cooperation.
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Road Safety

UN Road Safety Fund launches 2023 call for proposals

The UN Road Safety Fund has issued its 2023 call for proposals, which will disburse USD 4 million to approved projects aimed at reducing road traffic fatalities. Open between 6 February 2023 and 3 April 2023 (23:59 CET), it is calling on eligible participating organizations to submit projects responding to key priorities guided by the Global Framework Plan of Action for Road Safety as a way to leverage the collective knowledge and capability of the UN system and all Fund stakeholders to a substantial reduction in road traffic injuries and fatalities, and related economic loss.
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Upcoming Events

Leaving No One Behind at the Regional Level: Adopting an Age-Sensitive Lens to Policy Making

13 February 2023

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From farm to shelf: Why upstream and downstream actors need to work in tandem to achieve social and environmental justice in fashion value chains

13 February 2023

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15th meeting of the Implementation Committee of the Water Convention

16-17 February 2023
Geneva, Switzerland

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