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Coronavirus Advisory

 
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 action framework for responses to the COVID-19 crisis

 

Please read more in our newly released documents:

 

COVID-19 Response Policies and the Care Economy: Mapping economic and social policies in the ECE region 

 

Cover of COVID-19 Response Policies and the Care Economy

 

COVID-19 RESPONSE - Responding to the socio-economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UNECE Region

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DIALOGUE OF THE EXECUTIVE SECRETARIES OF THE REGIONAL COMMISSIONS WITH THE UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY SECOND COMMITTEE

Dialogue of the Executive Secretaries of the Regional Commissions with the UN GA Second Committee

 

POLICY BRIEF: COVID-19 and SUSTAINABLE ENERGY

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UNECE resources 

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

Platform for National Statistical offices (NSOs) 

Food Outlook

Observatory on Border Crossings Status

Data Sources on Coronavirus impact on Transport

COVID-19: the role of the Water Convention and the Protocol on Water and Health

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.