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United Nations Economic Commission for Europe

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was established on 28 March 1947 by the United Nations Economic and Social Council to develop economic activities and strengthen economic ties within the UNECE region and between this region and the rest of the world. The UNECE headquarters is located in Geneva. The UNECE is one of the five regional economic commissions of the United Nations. The executive body of the UNECE is the Session of the Commission, which takes place every two years. 56 states, including the countries of Europe, the USA, Canada, Turkey, Israel, the states of Central Asia are members of the UNECE.

The UNECE implements measures to analyze economic and technological potentials, develop recommendations aimed to solve regional problems of economic development.

The UNECE contributes to the implementation of SDGs through transforming global objectives into norms, guidelines, standards and conventions, conducting reviews and studies, developing capacity and creating conditions for cooperation with the private sector and civil society.

H.E. Ms. Olga Algaerova is the Executive Secretary of the UNECE. In April 2017, H.E. Mr. Yury Ambrazevich, Permanent Representative of Belarus, was elected as the UNECE Deputy Chairperson and became a Member of the UNECE Executive Committee until 2019.

In 2015 – 2017, the UNECE Executive Secretary paid 6 visits to Belarus. H.E. Ms. Olga Algaerova visited Minsk on 21-22 February 2018 to participate in the Minsk forum of Sustainable Development Goals Coordinators “Building a Partnership to Underpin National Sustainable Development Solutions”. As a result of the Minsk forum, which was attended by H.E. Ms. Amina Mohammed, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, the Chair’s Summary of the Regional SDG Coordination Leaders Forum was adopted.

The Belarusian delegation participates in the UNECE annual forum on sustainable development. In the Forum of 2018, the Belarusian delegation was headed by Ms. Marianna Shchotkina, the Deputy Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus, the National Coordinator for the achievement of the SDGs. The agenda of the Forum was devoted to the implementation of SDGs at the national, regional and global levels. A high-level segment meeting as well as round tables on sustainable water, sustainable energy, sustainable cities, a rational model of consumption and production, rational use of forests and ecosystems, and policy development between these goals, were held during the Forum.

October 26-27, 2016 an international conference " Laying the foundation in the UNECE region for economic. integration and sustainable development towards 2030" was held in Minsk on October 26-27, 2016. During this event Belarus promoted the “integration of integrations” initiative which is devoted to the interaction of integration processes and structures in the UNECE region.

Up to 70 Belarusian delegations participate annually in meetings of the UNECE committees, working groups, sessions, conferences and other events.

Belarus takes an active participation in the work of the UNECE sectoral committees.

Belarus takes an active participation in the work of the UNECE sectoral committees.

Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships

UNECE in cooperation with Belarusian experts implemented two Innovation Performance reviews of Belarus. In February 2018, the SCST of Belarus and the UNECE signed a Memorandum on the implementation of the recommendations of the second review on innovative performance. According to the document, the parties agreed to develop cooperation in areas of bilateral interest, including on the issues related to integrated forecasting of scientific and technological development.

UNECE implemented technical assistance project on the development of public-private partnership in the Republic of Belarus. As a result, parties selected seven infrastructure projects for the construction and modernization of roads. With the support of UNECE, Belarus established the Public-Private Partnership Center.

Committee on Environmental Policy

Belarus is a member to five environmental conventions adopted under the auspices of UNECE. Taking into account the provisions of the Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) and the Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (Aarhus Convention), Belarus implement a project on construction of Belarusian Nuclear Power Plant.

The Commission together with the Ministry of Natural Resources of Belarus prepared the third Environmental Performance Review, which contains recommendations for further improvements of the environmental policy, national legislation on the environment issues and the effectiveness of Belarus' environmental policy.

Steering Committee on Trade Capacity and Standards

The Commission together with Belarusian experts conducted a study “Elimination of regulatory and procedural barriers to trade in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan”, the results of which will be used to develop the National System of Paperless Trade in Belarus and the development of the “single stop” system. Representatives of the Ministry of Communications and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs participated in the 4th session of the Steering Committee meeting in May 2018 in Geneva, where the results of the survey were presented.

Inland Transport Committee

Belarus acceded to the twenty-three transport conventions within UNECE.

Belarus implements UNECE technical regulations on the production of motor vehicles, road safety regulation, and the development of inland water transport in Belarus.

Representatives of the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the State Committee for Standardization of Belarus take an active part in the relevant specialized working groups of the Inland Transport Committee.

Belarus supported UNECE’s initiative to establish a Road Safety Fund, which was launched on 12 April 2018.

Committee on Sustainable Energy

The Department for Energy Efficiency of the State Standardization Committee of Belarus actively cooperates with the Committee in the areas of city energy efficiency, development of renewable energy sources.

Belarus follows UNECE regulations to ensure the energy efficiency of buildings and structures.

Belarus is included in the list of countries participating in the international technical assistance project under the auspices of UNECE “Sustainable Energy for All in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia”. The main objective of the project is to strengthen the national capacity of countries with transition economies to develop national action plans on sustainable energy in the context of the sustainable development agenda.

Committee on Housing and Land Management

National reviews on the housing policies and land management of UNECE are of practical importance for Belarus. These reviews allow for further adjust domestic policies in the field of housing and land management. The Commission together with the Ministry of Architecture and Constructions of Belarus is working on the preparation of a national survey of the housing policy of the Republic of Belarus with specific recommendations for its improvement.

On 31 May – 1 June 2018, the international reminar “Sustainable Housing and Urban Planning: National Priorities of the Republic of Belarus and Best Practices of the World Practice” was held in Grodno. The seminar was organized by the Ministry of Architecture of Belarus in cooperation with UNDP, UNECE, UN-Habitat and the Ministry of Environment of Belarus. The seminar was devoted to the development of housing policy of Belarus, its state support, energy efficiency in construction.

Committee on Forests and Forest Industry

The Ministry of Forestry of Belarus cooperates with UNECE on forestry development and management, developing strategies for the sustainable development of forest ecosystems.
In June 2018, UNECE updated the information on logging and timber turnover in Belarus.

Conference of European Statisticians

The National Statistical Committee of Belarus together with the UNECE is working to improve national statistics system and to ensure its comparability with international practices, as well as on compilation of statistical indicators that would reflect the implementation of the SDGs at the regional and global levels.

Representatives of Belstat actively participate in the activities of the Commission on such issues as national accounts, sustainable development, demographic situation, business activities registries, migration, consumer price indices, population and housing inventory census.

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