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Sixty-seventh session of the Commission

26 - 27 April 2017

The sixty-seventh session of the Commission, on the occasion of UNECE’s 70th anniversary, provides a unique opportunity for UNECE member States to develop a collective vision of the future of the region on the path towards sustainable development guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Commission will be preceded, on 25 April, by the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (RFSD), convened by UNECE, in close cooperation with the regional UN system.

The Commission will include two main segments:

THE HIGH-LEVEL DIALOGUE: UNECE at 70: Economic Integration and Cooperation towards 2030


In addition, a series of side events will highlight how UNECE’s concrete work has a significant impact on the lives of citizens in our region and beyond.

Pictures taken during the 67th session of the Commission are available here

Delegates attending the meeting are requested to register by 21 April 2017 at the following link:  https://www2.unece.org/uncdb/app/ext/meeting-registration?id=nb5Tpp.
We would recommend using Internet Explorer browser for the online meeting registration.

Document Symbol N°   Document Title                                                                               ENGLISH         FRENCH        RUSSIAN        
Programme on the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of UNECE (as of 21 April 2017)PDF


E/ECE/1479Provisional Annotated Agenda (as of 6 March 2017)PDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1481UNECE at 70: Economic integration and cooperation towards 2030PDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1482Strengthening cross-sectoral action and mobilizing resources in support of the implementation of the 2030 AgendaPDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1483Discussion and endorsement of the high-level statementPDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1484Report on activities of the Executive CommitteePDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1485Other issues calling for decision by the Commission PDFPDFPDF
E/ECE/1486Resolutions endorsed by the Inland Transport Committee at its seventy-ninth sessionPDF
ECE/TRANS/2017/17/Rev.1Inland Transport Committee Resolution on International Rail PassengerTraffic on the route East-WestPDFPDFPDF



Wednesday, 26 April 2017  67th Commission Session    
Item 1:Opening and adoption of the Agenda EnglishRussian
10:00 - 10:30
Room XVIIOpening Remarks
Statement by the President of the General Assembly, H.E. Peter ThomsonPDF
Statement by the Secretary-GeneralPDF
Opening remarks by Mr. Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary of the UNECEPDF
Statement by Mr. Michael Møller, Director-General, United Nations Office at Geneva PDF
Keynote address by Prof. Dr. Ludger Kühnhardt, Center for European Integration Studies, Bonn UniversityPDF



Programme on the Occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
Tuesday, 25 April – Thursday, 27 April 2017

Geneva, Palais des Nations


Side Events and Exhibits Programme

Greening your participation

1) Make your participation paper-smart: 

  • We encourage all delegations to bring their tablets or laptop computers and use the online versions of the official documents. WiFi is available throughout the Palais des Nations.
  • If you need to print, print on both sides of the paper. If possible, opt for unbleached paper with as high a proportion of recycled content as possible, or paper derived from legally (and ideally, sustainably) managed forests.
  • Paper recycling bins are available throughout the Palais des Nations.

2) Reduce and offset CO2 emissions from your travelling: 

  • Offset your flight emissions personally or check with your travel agent and your organization to see if they offer any carbon offsetting schemes.
  • Opt for economy class rather than business.
  • Take advantage of Geneva’s excellent public transportation system. Geneva hotels offer free public transportation cards to guests. At the airport, free bus tickets to transfer to the city can be obtained near the luggage carousels.
  • Walk, or bike. 

3) Avoid bottled water:

  • To minimize waste, bring your own bottle or container.
  • Opt for tap water. The tap water at the Palais des Nations has been certified to fit all Swiss and WHO safety standards.
  • If you do purchase beverages, recycling bins for aluminium cans and plastic bottles are available throughout the Palais des Nations.

4) Eat local and in-season:

  • Take advantage of the organic and local food options offered by the Palais des Nations cafeteria and many Geneva restaurants. Look for the Genève Région - Terre Avenir (GRTA) label which identifies products from the Geneva region.
  • Avoid food waste as much as possible.
  • Avoid paper coffee cups, plastic utensils and plates. Opt for porcelain or steel alternatives.

5) Others:

  • Switch off lights, computers and other equipment when not in use.
  • Enjoy being in nature in the park Ariana surrounding the Palais des Nations, and at the “Forests for Food – Food for Forests” exhibition on display at the Salle des Pas Perdus (3rd floor, A building).