United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)

Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l'Europe (CEE-ONU)
Comisión Económica de las Naciones Unidas para Europa (CEPE)
Evropejskaja Ekonomiceskaja Komissija OON (EEK)

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28 Mar 1947, by Resolution 36 (IV) of United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). 1st Session held in May 1947, Geneva (Switzerland). Took over the functions of Emergency Economic Committee for Europe, which had been set up in 1945. In 1951 became a permanent organ (regional commission) of United Nations (UN); currently one of the 5 regional commissions of the United Nations. Also referred to by initials UNECE -- ONU-CEE and ECE. Based at United Nations Office at Geneva (UNOG).


Promote pan-European economic integration by bringing together 56 countries located in the European Union, non-EU, the Caucasus and Central Asia, as well as North America, Turkey and Israel; encourage dialogue and cooperation among members on economic and sectoral issues; provide analysis, policy advice and assistance to governments; give focus to UN global mandates in the economic field, in cooperation with other global players and key stakeholders, notably the business community; set out norms, standards and conventions to facilitate international cooperation within and outside the region.

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Programme of work currently covers statistics, environment, transport, trade, sustainable energy, forests, housing and land management and economic cooperation and integration. Management of treaties and agreements, including:

 • European Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways;

 • Customs Convention on the International Transport of Goods under Cover of TIR Carnets, 1975 (TIR convention);

 • International Convention on the Harmonization of Frontier Controls of Goods;

 • Convention on Customs Treatment of Pool Containers Used in International Transport;

 • Accord européen sur les grandes routes de trafic international (AGR);

 • European Agreement on Main Inland Waterways of International Importance (AGN);

 • Convention on Civil Liability for Damage Caused During Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road, Rail and Inland Navigation Vessels (CRTD);

 • Convention on Long-range Transboundary Air Pollution;

 • Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes;

 • Protocol on Water and Health to the 1992 Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes;

 • Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention);

 • Convention on the Transboundary Effects of Industrial Accidents;

 • Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Århus Convention);

 • Protocol on Pollutant Release and Transfer Registers (Kiev protocol).


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Relations with 156 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with 112 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 57 countries
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Subjects *

  • Economics
    • Economic
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Integration
    • Integration

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-beingGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 15: Life on LandGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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