Category

Regional Commissions

HQ location

Geneva

Date established

1947

Resolution

ECOSOC res. 36 (IV) (1947)

The Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was created in 1947 by ECOSOC res. 36 (IV) (1947). Its major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. To do so, UNECE brings together 56 countries from Europe, Central Asia and North America to work together on economic and sectoral issues.

The Commission provides analysis, policy advice and assistance to governments. In cooperation with other stakeholders, notably the business community, it gives focus to UN global economic mandates. It also sets out norms, standards and conventions to facilitate international cooperation within and outside the region.

UNECE expertise covers sectors including: economic cooperation and integration, sustainable energy, environment, housing and land management, population, statistics, timber, trade and transport.

The Commission is responsible for making strategic decisions on its work programme and
provides a forum for policy dialogue on economic developments in the region.

Principal subsidiary bodies are:

  • Committee on Economic Cooperation and Integration
  • Committee on Environmental Policy
  • Conference ofEuropean Statisticians
  • Committee on Housing and Land Management
  • Committee on Inland Transport
  • Committee on Sustainable Energy
  • Committee on Timber
  • Committee on Trade.

The Commission is composed of the European members of the UN, plus the USA, Canada, Israel and the Central Asian and Caucasian former USSR republics.

The 56 members are:

Albania
Andorra
Armenia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Belarus
Belgium
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Canada
Croatia
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Estonia
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Greece
Hungary
Iceland
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Kazakhstan
Kyrgyzstan
Latvia
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malta
Monaco
Montenegro
Netherlands
Norway
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Moldova
Romania
Russian Federation
San Marino
Serbia
Slovakia
Slovenia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Tajikistan
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Ukraine
UK
USA
Uzbekistan

The Commission holds a public session every two years. The 54th session was held in Geneva from 29 to 31 March 2011. Meetings of its sectoral committees are held throughout the year.

Palais des Nations
1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
Telephone: (+41 22) 917 4444
Fax: (+41 22) 917 0505
Email: info.ece@unece.org