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Sixty-eighth session of the Commission

9 - 10 April 2019

“Smart Sustainable Cities: Drivers for Sustainable Development”

Room XVIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva

The 68th session provides a forum for the consideration of issues of importance for the economic integration and cooperation among the countries of the region and is an opportunity to review the progress of the Commission’s activities.

The high-level segment will be held under the theme “Smart Sustainable Cities: Drivers for Sustainable Development.” Discussions will focus on national priorities and good practices related to sustainable cities in the region, UNECE initiatives aimed at supporting governments in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the New Urban Agenda, and the impact of relevant UNECE norms, standards and Conventions at the national and regional level. The segment will consider how cities can provide inhabitants of all ages with a high quality of life, not leaving anyone behind, while becoming centres of innovation and competitiveness.

The second day of the Commission Session will be dedicated to the general segment that covers regular agenda items (including report on the activities of the Executive Committee; issues requiring a decision; election of officers; adoption of the report of the session).

The Commission session will be preceded on 8 April 2019 by a Day of Cities. To inform the intergovernmental discussions of the 56 UNECE member States, Mayors will discuss how to create smart sustainable cities, focusing on ways to improve the quality of life of people and on improving efficiency of urban operations, services and competitiveness. An exhibition and information fair invites participants to showcase their success stories, and present useful tools that help to embrace smart and sustainable practices.


Delegates attending the meeting are requested to register by 1 April 2019 at the following link:  https://uncdb.unece.org/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=IrmRtF

Please register at your earliest convenience, and allow enough time for visa application and processing.

If you have any difficulties in registering online, please send an email to: unece.68session@un.org 

Document Symbol N°Document TitleENGLISHFRENCHRUSSIAN
Programme of the High-level Segment, 9 April 2019 (as of 20 March 2019)PDF
E/ECE/1487Annotated provisional agenda for the 68th session PDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1489Toolbox of the Economic Commission for Europe: Instruments to support the transition to smart sustainable citiesPDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1490Consideration of the high-level statementPDF
E/ECE/1491Report on activities on the Executive CommitteePDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1492/Rev.1Other issues calling for decision by the CommissionPDF