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The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic represents an unprecedent challenge that is leaving no country untouched. It is having major disruptive effects for all. Besides the devastating health impacts, many signs show that we will face one of the most severe economic slumps in modern history – along with severe impediments in our ambition to meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda.

The impact on different parts of our region has varied depending on the timing of the initial outbreak, the economic and demographic structures and pre-existing capacities.  But all countries have been hit by various economic shocks- on demand, supply and financing. The crisis severely affects the very fabric of international economic relations – trade and transport.

UNECE policy response

UNECE has a large number of instruments and initiatives that can support member States in their efforts to tackle the crisis and promote a sustainable recovery. Engaging all our different functions and assets – convening power, normative production and technical cooperation – we can respond to evolving needs in benefit of all our member States.

Our action framework is structured around 3 main pillars:


UNECE resources 

UNECE has launched online platforms and observatories gathering updates and policy resources to help member States respond to the COVID-19 crisis:


Related News and Press Releases

Please read the latest updates at: https://www.unece.org/info/media/covid-19-press-releases.html


Impact on meetings and events

In light of the current situation related to the coronavirus (COVID-19), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is reviewing its calendar of meetings.  Guided by the assessments of the World Health Organization and the host country authorities, the respective governing bodies and partner organizations have considered amending the format and conduct of meetings.

As the situation is evolving, delegations are encouraged to consult this page regularly to stay apprised of the latest developments.

Please consult the respective meeting pages for further details and updates.

Please consult the information on COVID-19 for meeting participants here.


12-13 MarchGenevaInformal Working Group on Environmental and Propulsion Performance Requirements of L-category vehicles (EPPR) cancelled
13 March GenevaInformal Working Group on Periodic Technical Inspectioncancelled
16-20 MarchBern

Joint Meeting of the RID Committee of Experts and the Working Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (WP.15/AC.1)

postponed to 14-18 September
30 MarchGenevaInformal Working Group on Panoramic Sunroof Glazing (PSG) postponed
7-9 April Geneva

Working Party on the Transport of Perishable Foodstuffs (WP.11)

30 April-3 MayGenevaWorking Party on General Safety Provisions postponed
11-15 MayGenevaWorking Party on the Transport of Dangerous Goodspostponed to 9-13 November
26-27 May GenevaGroup of Experts on Benchmarking Transport Infrastructure Construction Costs (WP.5/GE.4)cancelled
8 JuneGenevaBureau of the Inland Transport Committee (ITC)postponed
8 JuneInformal Group on Worldwide harmonized Light vehicles Test Procedure (WLTP)   cancelled
9 (am) JuneWLTP Sub-Group on Electric Vehicles                                        
9 (pm) -12 June (am)GenevaWorking Party on Customs Questions affecting Transport (WP.30)    postponed to 13-4 and 16 October
9-11 JuneGeneva(WP.29/GRPE) Working Party on Pollution and Energy (81st session)virtual meeting
15 JuneGeneva(SC.1/GE.21) Group of Experts of the European Agreement Concerning the Work of Crews of Vehicles Engaged in International Road Transport (AETR) (25th Session) postponed to 13 October
2-3 JulyInformal Working Group on Fibre Reinforced Plastics (FRP) Portable Tanks cancelled
8(pm)-10 JulyECOSOC Sub-Committee of Experts on the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (ST/SG/AC.10/C.4) (39th session)                                                    postponed to 9-11 (am) Dec
13-14 JulyGenevaGroup of Experts on Assessment of Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation for Inland Transport (WP.5/GE.3)postponed
29 Jun-8 July (am)ECOSOC Sub-Committee of Experts on the Transport of Dangerous Goods (ST/SG/AC.10/C.3) (57th session)                                                     postponed to 30 Nov - 8 Dec
15-17 JulyGeneva(WP.29/GRSG) Working Party on General Safety Provisions (118th session)Virtual informal  meeting
20-24 JulyGeneva(WP.29/GRSP) Working Party on Passive Safety (67th session)Virtual meeting
29 July-3 AugustInformal Working Group on Explosives                    cancelled
24 - 28 August (WP.15/AC.2) Joint Meeting of Experts on the Regulations annexed to the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (37th session)Postponed to 25-29 January 2021
28 August(ADN) Administrative Committee of the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways (25th session)Postponed to 29 January 2021
7-9 SeptemberGeneva(WP.29/GRBP) Working Party on Noise and Tyres (72nd session)Virtual meeting
21-25 SeptemberGeneva(WP.29/GRVA) Working Party on Automated/Autonomous and Connected Vehicles (7th session)Virtual meeting
6-9 October Geneva(WP.29/GRSG) Working Party on General Safety Provisions (119th session)Virtual meeting
19-23 October Geneva(WP.29/GRE) Working Party on Lighting and Light-Signalling (83rd session)Virtual informal meeting


23 March GenevaInternational Day of Forests - Forests and Biodiversitypostponed
new meeting date will be announced shortly
24-25 MarchGeneva42nd Session of the Joint ECE/FAO Working Party on Forest Statistics, Economics and Managementrescheduled to 18-19 June
25 MarchGenevaMeeting of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Sustainable Forest Productspostponed
26 MarchGenevaSeventh meeting of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Forest Products Statisticsrescheduled to 17 June
26 MarchGenevaSixth meeting of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Wood Energypostponed

26 March

Room Rhône, International Environment House, GenevaFirst meeting of the ECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Boreal Forestsrescheduled to 17 June
16 JuneUNECE/FAO Team of Specialists on Boreal Forests         cancelled


Housing and Land Management

DateLocation MeetingStatus
20 MayONLINE workshop "Access and Availability of Land for Housing Construction"Webex

Sustainable energy

23-27 MarchGenevaGlobal methane forumpostponed
23-24 MarchGenevaGroup of experts on coal mine methane postponed 
25 March GenevaUN Task Force on Decarbonized Gases  cancelled
26-27 MarchGenevaGroup of the Experts on Gas, 7th sessionpostponed 
19-20 MayCarbon Neutrality Kick-offcancelled


26-27 March LuxembourgJoint Eurostat/UNECE /UN-GGIM: Europe Workshop on Integrating Statistical and Geospatial Datavideoconferencing
1-3 MarchWarsawSprint on Value of Official Statisticspostponed
1-3 AprilWarsawModernization sprint on machine learningvideoconferencing
21-22 AprilBudapestExpert Meeting on Statistics for SDGs webinars
23-24 April BudapestWorkshop on Statistics for SDGswebinars
27-30 AprilGenevaMeeting of the Group of Experts on National Accounts  postponed
2-4 JuneGenevaMeeting of the Group of Experts on Consumer Price Indicespostponed to 2-4 June 2021
3-6 JuneBishkekJoint EFTA/UNECE Training Workshop on Climate change-related statistics for the EECCA countriespostponed
22 JunePlenary Session of UN-GGIM: Europecancelled
24 (pm)-25 JuneJoint OECD-CSSP                                                 cancelled

31 August-4 September

GenevaWorkshop on Statistical Data Editingwill be held virtually
1-18 SeptemberGroup of Experts on National Accounts virtual meeting
7-9 SeptemberWorkshop on Statistical Data Communication and Dissemination virtual meeting
9-11 SeptemberWorkshop on Human Resources Management and Training virtual meeting
5-8 OctoberWorkshop on Statistical Data Collection virtual meeting
27-30 October ModernStats World Workshop virtual meeting


9-13 MarchGenevaCompliance Committee to the Aarhus Conventionvideoconferencing for non-Geneva based delegates
12-13 MarchTashkentAarhus Convention Round-Tablepostponed
16-19 MarchGenevaImplementation Committee to the Espoo Conventionvideoconferencing for non-Geneva based delegates
18-20 MarchBelgradeSub-Regional Workshop on land use planning and industrial safety for South-Eastern Europepostponed to October
23 MarchParisExecutive Bureau Meeting to the Air Conventionvideoconferencing
24-26 MarchParisEMEP Steering Body and WG on Effects Extended Bureau Meetingvideoconferencing
30-31 MarchGenevaEighth Compliance Committee under the PRTR Protocolvideoconferencing
30-31 MarchGenevaSecond meeting of the Expert Group on the Transboundary Water Allocation Handbookvideoconferencing
1-2 April GenevaGlobal workshop on transboundary agreements  postponed to July
4-5 May GenevaWorking Group on Environmental Monitoring and Assessmentpostponed to 27 October
7-8 MayGenevaSteering Committee on Education for Sustainable Developmentpostponed to 19-20 October
13 May (am)GenevaBriefing on the Protocol on Water and Health for Missions in Genevacancelled
18-19-20 MayImplementation Committee of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes postponed to 31 August - 2 September
26-29 MayGenevaWorking Group on Strategies and Review postponed to 14-17 December
4-5 JuneCEP Bureau                                                        virtual meeting
15-17 JuneWorking Group on Integrated Water Resources Management postponed to 30 Sep-1 Oct
30 Oct-1 NovWorkshop on Climate Change                               postponed to 2021
7 (pm) to 11 DecVilniusMeetings of the Parties to the Espoo Convention and the Protocol on SEA                                     

Economic Cooperation and Trade

23–25 MarchGeneva14th session of CICPPPcancelled
24 MarchGenevaCommittee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private postponed
20 April (am)GenevaFood Security and Food Safetycancelled
27-28 April Multi-Stakeholder Policy Dialogue: Accelerating action for Sustainable and Circular Value Chains in Garment & Footwear  webEx videoconference
27 April–1 MayGenevaUN/CEFACT Forumcancelled
4-5 MayGenevaInformal virtual consultation with members of the UN/CEFACT Plenaryonline
6-8 MaySpecialized Section on Standardization of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables    will be held virtually
6-8 MayGenevaInternational PPP Forum CECIpostponed
11-12 JuneWP.6 - Advisory Group on Market Surveillance (MARS)   virtual meeting
15-17 JuneGenevaSpecialized Section on Standardization of Dry and Dried Produce (Fruit) virtual meeting
25-26 JuneGeneva WP.7 - Specialized section on seed potatoesvirtual meeting