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Vision 2030


Laying the foundation in the UNECE region for economic

integration and sustainable development towards 2030


International Conference, Minsk, Republic of Belarus, 26-27 October 2016

“I support this initiative to strengthen the dialogue on economic integration and sustainable development in the UNECE region.  We need to build bridges instead of walls. The world needs a Europe in 2030 with more integration and cooperation - more trade, more transport, more transit, more tourism.  This will help us to achieve sustainable development. The United Nations is well placed to facilitate this dialogue.”

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon



Join us at this International Conference to discuss visions for and approaches to economic integration and sustainable development towards 2030.

The Conference will take place in Minsk on 26-27 October 2016 and is jointly organized by the Government of the Republic of Belarus and UNECE. The Conference will be opened by H.E. Mr. Vladimir Makei, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, and Mr. Christian Friis Bach, United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of  UNECE.

The objective is to discuss visions for and approaches to economic integration and cooperation to ensure sustainable economic development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in all countries in the UNECE region towards 2030 based on peaceful coexistence and respect for international law.

The outcome of the Conference, including proposals for further work, will be submitted to the 67th Commission session dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the UNECE.

The Conference, during opening and closing sessions and four thematic panels, will bring together policymakers, academics and civil society representatives in forward-looking discussions (see the updated programme).

  • Participants: The Conference will be attended by UNECE member States and all key organizations working in the pan-European region on the economic aspects of the SDGs, including EAEU, EU, CIS, OECD and EBRD, and other representatives from interested organizations, public, financial and academic institutions.
  • Format and language: The opening session and the four panels will be participatory and interactive and draw on the experience of all participants. Simultaneous interpretation will be available in English and Russian.
  • Venue: The Conference will take place in the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus, Lenin Street 19, Minsk.