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This thematic area addresses issues related to the creation of a supportive environment for innovative development and knowledge-based competitiveness of the UNECE member States, including issues related to the financing for innovative development and innovative entrepreneurship.

CECI’s activities in this thematic area aim at knowledge sharing and the exchange of experiences gained and lessons learned, as well as the identification of good practices leading to the formulation of better policies.

The Committee will support the broad dissemination of good practices and policy options for creating a supportive environment for innovative development in the UNECE region, including capacity-building activities in requesting countries.

Innovation Performance Reviews are a major new focus of work for the Economic Cooperation and Integration Division. Initiated at the request of member state Governments, they are a participatory policy advisory service examining possible policy actions to stimulate innovation activities, enhance innovation capacity and improve the efficiency of national innovation systems. 

As part of the review of the 2005 UNECE reform, the Commission decided at its 65th session in April 2013 that work previously done under a separate Team of Specialists on Intellectual Property should be integrated into the work of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies, and that technical cooperation activities on the commercialization of intellectual property should be phased out by the end of 2014. Information on the work done on intellectual property prior to 2014 can be found here.

Meeting and Events

Launch Event: Innovation Performance Review of Armenia 
(14 November 2014) UN House, Yerevan

Seventh session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies 
(16 - 17 October 2014) Salle XII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

High-level workshop on Innovation Policy and Environmental Challenges 
(19 June 2014) Minsk, Belarus

Policy Advisory Workshop on Public Support to Venture capital Financing 
(28 May 2014) Astana, Kazakhstan

Sixth session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies 
(10 - 11 October 2013) Palais des Nations, Geneva

Workshop: “Developing the regional dimension of innovation policies” 
(30 May 2013) Minsk, Belarus

International Conference Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Making Things Work Better 
(23 - 24 May 2013) Dubrovnik, Croatia

Workshop on promoting innovation as a source of international competitiveness  
(15 November 2012) Minsk, Belarus

Fifth Session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies 
(12 - 13 April 2012) Palais des Nations, Geneva

International Conference on Knowledge-based Development and Innovative Entrepreneurship  
(24 - 25 November 2011) Baku, Azerbaijan

International Conference Promoting Eco-innovation: Policies and Opportunities 
(11 - 13 July 2011) Tel Aviv, Israel

Fourth Session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies (TOS-ICP)  
(12 - 13 May 2011) Geneva, Switzerland

International Conference "From Applied Research to Entrepreneurship: Promoting Innovation-driven Start-ups and Academic Spin-offs"  
(09 - 11 November 2010) Kiev, Ukraine

3rd Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development and Regional Seminar 
(28 - 30 June 2010) Astana, Kazakhstan

Regional seminar on trade and economic aspects of intellectual property 
(09 - 10 June 2010) Minsk, Belarus

International Conference on Policies to Address Financing and Entrepreneurial Challenges in High-growth Innovative Firms 
(02 - 04 June 2010) Helsinki, Finland

Third Session of the UNECE Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies 
(25 - 26 March 2010) Geneva, Palais des Nations, Salle VII

Promoting Innovation in the Services Sector 
(25 March 2010) Geneva, Palais des Nations, Salle VII

Regional Capacity-Building Seminar in the Area of Financing of Innovative Enterprises, Commercialization of Intellectual Property and Public-Private Partnerships 
(10 - 11 November 2009) Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

Promoting Innovation-based Entrepreneurial Opportunities in the UNECE Region 
(28 - 29 September 2009) Palais des Nations, Geneva

International Conference on Technological Readiness for Innovation-based Competitiveness: Promoting an Enabling Information and Communication Technology Policy and Regulatory Framework 
(29 - 30 June 2009) Salle XI, Palais des Nations, Geneva

International Conference on Knowledge-based Development  
(10 - 12 June 2009) Minsk, Republic of Belarus

International Conference Ways and Means of Attracting External Finance for New Innovative Enterprises 
(21 - 22 May 2009) Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan

Applied Policy Seminar on "Early Stage Financing and "Investment Readiness" of Innovative Entreprises" 
(23 May 2008) Moscow, Russian Federation

International Conference on Investing in Innovation: Promoting New Opportunities in the UNECE Region  
(10 - 11 April 2008) Geneva

International Conference on Strengthening Integration of the Economies in Transition into the World Economy through Economic Diversification 
(02 - 04 April 2008) Geneva

Second Session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies 
(14 - 15 February 2008) Geneva

International Conference on Reducing Barriers to Entrepreneurship and Encouraging Enterprise Development: Policy Options  
(18 - 19 June 2007) Geneva

Meeting of Experts on Financing for Innovative Development 
(03 - 04 May 2007) Geneva

First Session of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies 
(08 - 09 March 2007) Geneva

Meetings and Events


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