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Technical Cooperation

Introduction

Improving daily lives of people is at the heart of our technical assistance. By helping our member States’ capacity to accede to, adopt and implement its legal instruments and standards, we support their efforts to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

UNECE technical cooperation includes projects and capacity building activities in areas including environment, energy, transport, trade, statistics, and gender mainstreaming.  Our technical cooperation portfolio focuses on projects that support subregional and regional integration, promote multisectoral and/or transboundary solutions to shared problems, and aim at achieving long-term impact and sustainability.

 

Technical cooperation is an important instrument for implementing the UNECE programme of work and forms an integral part of the Commission's activities.

UNECE technical cooperation is based on four principles:

It should be demand driven, results oriented, focused on the countries with economies in transition, and linked to UNECE's normative work.

While implementing its programme of work, UNECE employs three types of technical cooperation services:

  • Advisory services to support countries on policy-related issues, the implementation of the UNECE legal instruments, regulations and norms, and formulation of specific technical cooperation projects/programmes;
  • Capacity-building workshops, seminars, study tours, and training courses to assist countries to adopt and implement global and the UNECE legal instruments, regulations and norms;
  • Technical cooperation projects, including those with multi-sectoral and/or sub-regional focus, in areas where the UNECE has a mandate and expertise.


Depending on the area and goals of a technical cooperation project, the implementation activities are carried out either by regular staff, or Regional Advisers, or both and include the organization of study tours or missions of a technical nature, capacity-building workshops, meetings of experts, etc. 

In the process of planning and delivery of its technical cooperation services, UNECE maintains active collaboration with key international organizations and institutions present in the region, both within and outside the UN system, with the aim to increase the effectiveness of its technical assistance and avoid duplication of resources. UNECE technical cooperation activities are carried out by regular staff of its Divisions, and Regional Advisers, working in close cooperation with the Divisions.

UNECE technical cooperation projects are financed from: Regular UN budget, including UN Development Account (UNDA) and the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC); Extra-budgetary resources.

In focus

A UN framework for the immediate socio-economic response to COVID-19 sets out the framework for the United Nations’ urgent socio-economic support to countries and societies in the face of COVID-19, putting in practice the UN Secretary-General’s Shared Responsibility, Global Solidarity report.

UNECE participates in the meetings of UNCTs to effectively respond to the impact of COVID-19, for Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Serbia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and others, gathering UN agencies and international financial institutions, to support countries in discussing fiscal stimulus with focus on the most vulnerable, supporting SMEs, decent work, working on connectivity and trade, resilience, education and prioritizing social cohesion measures.

Highlights

UNECE signed United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for 2021-2025 with Turkmenistan

 UNECE will strengthen its support to Turkmenistan development efforts through the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for the period of 2021-2025. UNECE will contribute to achieving the following UNSDCF outcomes:

  • By 2025, conditions for sustainable and inclusive economic diversification are strengthened with competitive private and financial sectors, enhanced trade and investment promotion, and the adoption of new technologies
  • By 2025, there is effective design and implementation of climate adaptation and mitigation measures enabling a more rational use of resources, increased resilience, and a ‘green’ economy transition, including the creation of green jobs.

Events

31 August to 02 September 2020
Geneva, Switzerland

07 September 2020
Geneva, Switzerland

07 to 09 September 2020
Lisbon, Portugal

08 to 09 September 2020
Geneva, Switzerland