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Laying the foundation in the UNECE region for economic

integration and sustainable development towards 2030


International Conference, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 26-27 October 2016

“I support this initiative to strengthen the dialogue on economic integration and sustainable development in the UNECE region.  We need to build bridges instead of walls. The world needs a Europe in 2030 with more integration and cooperation - more trade, more transport, more transit, more tourism.  This will help us to achieve sustainable development. The United Nations is well placed to facilitate this dialogue.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Join us at this International Conference to discuss visions for and approaches to economic integration and sustainable development towards 2030.

The Conference will take place in Minsk on 26-27 October 2016 and is jointly organized by the Government of the Republic of Belarus and UNECE. The Conference will be opened by H.E. Mr. Vladimir Makei, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, and Mr. Christian Friis Bach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of  UNECE.

The objective is to discuss visions for and approaches to economic integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable economic development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries in the UNECE region towards 2030 based on peaceful coexistence and respect for international law.

The outcome of the Conference, including proposals for further work, will be submitted to the 67th Commission session dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the UNECE.

The Conference, during opening and closing sessions and four thematic panels, will bring together policymakers, academics and civil society representatives in forward-looking discussion on the following questions:

Which are the principal trends and drivers of competitiveness in our increasingly connected, fast-changing societies where products, services and information technology increasingly merge and move together? Where is there a need for cross-border cooperation and what new opportunities could be created by greater economic integration including by harmonizing integration processes as we move towards 2030?

In order to create greater prosperity by 2030, how could the UNECE region develop greater trade integration by building on the current regional trading blocks while, at the same time, facilitating the participation in trade by all countries, across the region, through the development of harmonized policies, common standards, cross border value chains and the increased implementation of best practices?

What are the needs for further integration in transport and infrastructure, moving towards 2030, in the light of intelligent transport systems and demands for climate action? How could connectivity be increased and sustainable transport solutions facilitated by common policies and regulations?

What factors are shaping the evolution of the energy sector as it moves toward 2030 and, in particular, what are the opportunities being created by the transition to a green economy; the challenges of climate action and the requirements for future integrated energy markets in Europe?

What can be done to mobilize the investment and create the innovative solutions that will be needed if the UNECE region is to create integrated economic growth and meet the sustainable development goals by 2030? To what degree are public-private partnerships part of the answer? And which policies could stimulate and support the dynamic role that innovation should play?

What could integration and cooperation in support of sustainable development within trade, transport, energy, investment and innovation look like in the UNECE region in 2030?

  • Participants: The Conference will be attended by UNECE member States and all key organizations working in the pan-European region on the economic aspects of the SDGs, including EAEU, EU, CIS, OECD and EBRD, and other representatives from interested organizations, public, financial and academic institutions.
  • Format and language: The opening session and the four panels will be participatory and interactive and draw on the experience of all participants. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English and Russian.
  • Venue: The Conference will take place in the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Lenin Street 19, Minsk.
  • Contact information: For further information see www.unece.org/vision2030 or write to vision2030@unece.org and uesur@mfa.gov.by.