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Where we work

UNECE works with and for its 56 member countries, located in Europe, North America (Canada and the United States), the Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) and Western Asia (Israel).

"Achievements have made UNECE a go-to source for improving global public goods and services, with more than 100 countries beyond the UNECE region benefitting from its works". 

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (2007-2016)

Many of our standards and legal instruments are used worldwide, and a number of countries outside the region participate in UNECE's normative work.

Here are a few examples:

Environment

2 of our conventions ( Water Convention and Aarhus Convention access to information, access to justice and public participation) are now global.

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Transport

  • Vehicles, promoting safety and environmental performance
  • The transport of dangerous goods (chemicals, explosives)
  • Global harmonized labelling system for chemicals
  • The international transport of goods by road  (TiR Convention)
  • Road safety (road signs, road safety, etc.)

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Trade

  • Trade Facilitation
  • Electronic Trade (Edifact, UN/CEFACT)
  • Single Window
  • Agricultural products (fruits, vegetables, dried fruits, meat)

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Sustainable Energy

  • World-unified system for the classification of mineral resources and fossil fuels, of high interest to all mining countries
  • Best Practice Guidance for Effective Methane Drainage and use in Coal Mines

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Statistics

  • Global Standards: Methodologies (Public Accounts, Census)
  • Conceptual Framework and suggested indicators to measure sustainable development

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