About United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UN/ECE)

  • UN/ECE was set up in 1947 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) to develop economic activity and strengthen economic relations among European countries and between them and other countries of the world.

  • One of five regional commissions, UN/ECE acts as a regional arm of the United Nations.

  • UN/ECE encourages greater economic cooperation among its members.

  • UN/ECE provides a regional forum for governments to develop conventions, regulations and standards. These serve to harmonize action and facilitate exchanges between member countries by eliminating obstacles or simplifying procedures. As such UN/ECE provides consumer guarantees of safety and quality, helps protect the environment, facilitates trade and the greater integration of member States at the regional and international level.

  • UN/ECE's main areas of activity are: economic analysis, environment, transport, development of trade, industry and enterprise, forests and timber, sustainable energy, statistics and human settlements.

  • By publishing extensive economic analysis and statistics, UN/ECE encourages the exchange of views and the sharing of experience leading to greater mutual understanding and contributing to policy convergence.

  • UN/ECE provides technical assistance to transition countries and sub-regional groupings, thus enabling them to benefit fully from its analytical, statistical and normative work.