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Technical Cooperation

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)

What is Technical Cooperation ?

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.

  1.  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;
  2. 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;
  3. 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.

Technical Cooperation Strategy

The priorities of UNECE technical cooperation services are defined by its member States. Technical cooperation is an instrument of implementation of the Commission's main goal, to facilitate mutually beneficial economic relations. All sectoral and cross-sectoral technical cooperation activities aim at ensuring that all the member States enjoy efficiency gains. Therefore, UNECE technical cooperation concentrates on issues of a transboundary nature, such as trans-European and/or trans-continental transport corridors, protection of environment, trade and transport facilitation, energy efficiency, and the promotion of the knowledge-based economy.   

A significant part of UNECE technical cooperation activities is devoted to supporting economies in their efforts towards the achievement of internationally agreed development goals. 

Another important priority of the UNECE technical cooperation is to provide support to the national efforts of countries in transition and emerging market economies to integrate their economies into the European and global economy. This support has been realized by different means and instruments, including through cooperation agreements between the UNECE and sub-regional country-groupings and initiatives.   The UNECE technical cooperation activities in these countries are focused on institutional development and capacity building, particularly, on the harmonization of national standards, norms and regulations with those of the UNECE; removal of administrative barriers to cross-border movement of goods and people; transfer of expertise; training of nationals; and the introduction and promotion of efficient methods of exploitation of national resources.

The UNECE Technical Cooperation Strategy as adopted by the Commission in 2007: English , Russian

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