23 – 27 January 2023

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UN flagship report predicts sharp slowdown of economies in Europe

Economic growth in #Europe to slow sharply amid high #inflation and rising interest rates, according to  @UN  flagship report  Explore findings from the #WorldEconomyReport⏩  @UNDESA   @UNECE   @UNCTAD Economic growth in #Europe to slow sharply amid high #inflation and rising interest rates, according to @UN flagship report Explore findings from the #WorldEconomyReport⏩ @UNDESA @UNECE @UNCTAD
The war in Ukraine, elevated inflation and tighter monetary policies will weigh heavily on Europe’s economies this year. Nevertheless, growth is forecast to pick up in 2024 as some of the current headwinds subside, according to the United Nations World Economic Situation and Prospects (WESP) 2023. The report presents a gloomy and uncertain near-term outlook for world economy, which has been battered by a series of severe and mutually reinforcing shocks. Global growth is projected at only 1.9 per cent in 2023, down from 3 per cent last year and one of the lowest rates in recent decades.
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UNECE issues biodiversity monitoring guidelines to help countries implement Kunming-Montreal framework

UNECE has published an updated guidance to help governments to strengthen biodiversity monitoring as a basis for sharpened biodiversity protection policies across all sectors. The guidance is the first of its kind to build on the historic Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework, agreed at the 15th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity (COP-15) in December 2022. It comes at a crucial moment, with global biodiversity declining faster than at any time in human history.
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UNECE starts regulatory work on automotive life cycle assessment

Participants in the motor industry’s complex supply chains, regulators and investors are increasingly interested in considering the carbon footprint of vehicles over their entire lifetime. Lifecycle assessments of products are becoming common practice, but in the automotive industry methodologies remain diverse and thus non-comparable. This is about to change with the adoption by UNECE’s Working Party on Pollution and Energy of terms of reference for an Informal Working Group on Automotive Life Cycle Assessment.
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UNECE tests methodology to calculate economic viability of industrial decarbonization measures

Decarbonizing industry remains a key challenge for climate action: according to the International Energy Agency, industrial activity was directly responsible for emitting 9.4 Gt of CO2 in 2021, accounting for a quarter of global emissions, not including indirect emissions from electricity used for industrial processes. UNECE’s Task Force on Energy Efficiency in Industry has started testing an innovative methodology for assessing potential industrial decarbonization measures. 
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UN4Mykolaiv: UNECE and One Works strengthen support to the city of Mykolaiv

UNECE is mobilising international architects to help the city of Mykolaiv, Ukraine’s ninth largest city, to develop a forward-looking, people-centred master plan for its reconstruction. UNECE has engaged One Works, an international design company in Milano, Italy, to provide the necessary expertise on a pro-bono basis. Representatives of Mykolaiv and One Works have signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the development of the master plan, sealing their commitment for the future cooperation.
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Could synthetic data redefine the way we share statistical insights?

UNECE’s new publication provides many of the main elements needed to start exploring the implementation of synthetic data, as a foundation to motivate further development of this field. Data create value by guiding the decisions of governments, businesses and individuals, helping to target resources where they are most needed. However, producers of statistics face a serious constraint in facilitating access to their data due to the need to protect confidentiality of individuals. Synthetic data provide an alternative way to meet the needs of users who require microdata.
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