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Countries across the globe are continuing to move towards a seamless and efficient trading environment, within and beyond national borders, by simplifying and digitalizing formalities in international trading, helping to sustain international trade despite the disruption caused by the COVID-19
In the framework of its fifth International PPP Forum (22-26 April 2021), UNECE organised a competition to showcase the best People-first PPP projects contributing to 'Build Back Better' from Covid-19.
Recognizing the vital importance of mobility and connectivity for sustainable economic development and taking stock of key challenges, UNECE has consolidated its work in this cross-cutting area to help countries leverage its tools to steer recovery efforts towards the Sustainable Development Goals
More robust monitoring and measuring systems are required to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), according to a UNECE report on Measuring and
The use of material resources, fuelled by economic and population growth, urbanisation and societal changes, has increased more than ten times since 1900 and is set to double again by 2030. The annual global extraction of materials has increased from 27 to 92 billion tonnes since 1970, while the
Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals at the urban level is crucial to deliver on the 2030 Agenda, stresses UNECE in a new report that advocates for a “cities-based” and “people-smart” approach to
As countries all over the world aim at ‘building back better’ from the COVID-19 pandemic , the recently-launched UNECE People-first PPP Evaluation Methodology for the Sustainable Development Goals can support  their efforts by providing a set of
Like other countries of Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC), Belarus has undergone a transition from a centrally planned to a market economy over the past three decades. This transition has stagnated, as current growth drivers wane. Systematic institutional constraints and low levels of
The Republic of Moldova, like the other five countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, and Ukraine - has grown rapidly following a rocky and difficult transition from a centrally planned to a market economy over the past decades. This
Ukraine, like the other five countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova - has grown rapidly following a rocky and difficult transition from a centrally planned to a market economy over the past decades. This momentum,
The six economies in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine - have grown rapidly following a rocky and difficult transition from centrally planned to market economies over the past decades. Countries such as Georgia
Those hoping to see increased cooperation between the public and private sectors to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) were given a boost on Wednesday 7 May to 8 May when the Heads of the UN Regional Commissions decided to share a platform and give their support to new forms of
The Belt and Road Initiative, launched by China in 2013, comprising the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, is aimed at building a trade and infrastructure network along ancient trade routes connecting Asia with Europe, Africa and beyond.   The initiative has so far
770 million people around the world lack access to clean water, while 2.5 billion people do not have adequate sanitation services. These staggering statistics by the World Bank highlight the need for increased infrastructure investment in water and sanitation services if the ambitious targets in
During the last five years, Belarus has undertaken important measures to upgrade its national innovation system. These include legislative changes to encourage the commercialization of intellectual property, the centralisation of its innovation funds, and the inclusion of innovation enhancing
On the occasion of the official launch of the UNECE Innovation Performance Review of Armenia in Yerevan on 14 November 2014, the two sides agreed to cooperate on innovation policy reform. Under the agreement, which is to be signed at the 66th session of the Economic Commission for Europe in April
UNECE will incorporate new approaches to innovation at the regional level in its policy advice to Governments, including in upcoming national Innovation Performance Reviews for Tajikistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus.This is one of the outcomes of an international conference on “Smart Specialisation
Following a meeting between Dr. Enrique T. Ona, Secretary of Health, and Geoffrey Hamilton, Chief of UNECE’s Public-Private Partnerships Section, at the Department of Health, Manila, Philippines, the International Specialist Centre of Excellence on Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in Health
On 13 February, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) signed a Memorandum of Understanding for the establishment of a Specialist Centre for PPPs in Roads, Highways and Related Structures with the Construction Industry Development Council of India on the occasion of the 8th
A group of the world’s leading international companies involved in Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) have argued that international PPP best practices and standards should be inspired by the objectives in the post 2015 Development Agenda that is being developed under the aegis of the UN.Meeting
The current environment for infrastructure and innovation financing will be the focus of the substantive segment of the Eighth session of the UNECE Committee on International Cooperation and Integration. . Participants will also consider policy options to support these two key drivers of economic
Innovation is a major driver of sustainable growth in modern economies. Innovation performance depends on the existing business environment and the implementation of appropriate policies. UNECE has been supporting the efforts of national authorities in countries with economies in transition to
The UNECE International Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Centre of Excellence received the Special Award for South-South Cooperation at the closing ceremony of the Global South-South Development EXPO 2013 on 1 November in Nairobi, Kenya (see separate article on the EXPO). Established in February
Innovation is traditionally thought of as the province of the business sector, with the government responsible for creating a business climate friendly to innovators. However, public expenditure accounts for between a third and over half of Gross Domestic Product in the countries of the UNECE
The use of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for developing infrastructure and improving the delivery of social services in sectors such as transport, water management, water and wastewater, broadband/ ICT, renewable energy, green PPP, schools and health, the renovation of public buildings as