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Countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus underscore the importance of innovation for sustainable development and strengthen sub-regional policy dialogue

Since their independence, countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) – Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine – have introduced far-reaching reforms to boost innovation and benefit from the potential of the growing knowledge-based economy. Innovation is seen as pivotal for sustainable development, including the COVID-19 recovery and the transition towards a circular economy.

UNECE releases handbook to help countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus foster Innovative, High-Growth Enterprises

After three decades of transition to democracy and market economy, the six countries in Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova, Ukraine – are at a turning point. Central to further progress towards the sustainable development goals under Agenda 2030 and circular economy transition will be to find and scale up new sources of growth, rather than relying on improving productivity within the existing economic structure.

Supporting Innovative High-Growth Enterprises in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus

The handbook seeks to support policymakers in the Eastern Europe and South Caucasus (EESC) sub-region to design effective policies and institutions to further enable and foster the potential of innovative, high-growth entrepreneurship as invaluable drivers for innovation-led sustainable development.

Supporting Innovative High-Growth Enterprises in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus

The handbook seeks to support policymakers in the Eastern Europe and South Caucasus (EESC) sub-region to design effective policies and institutions to further enable and foster the potential of innovative, high-growth entrepreneurship as invaluable drivers for innovation-led sustainable development.

Supporting Innovative High-Growth Enterprises in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus

The handbook seeks to support policymakers in the Eastern Europe and South Caucasus (EESC) sub-region to design effective policies and institutions to further enable and foster the potential of innovative, high-growth entrepreneurship as invaluable drivers for innovation-led sustainable development.

UNECE adapts statistical support to countries in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic

Developing the capacity of statistical systems to respond to ever-changing demands is a core component of UNECE statistical work, linked directly to several of the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Key tools used for capacity development have traditionally been face-to-face workshops, advisory missions and in-person visits to assess statistical systems.

Forest Landscape Restoration in Eastern and South-East Europe

This study identifies key drivers of forest degradation and the potential for forest landscape restoration in 17 countries of Eastern and South-East Europe. It builds on assessments from national experts and the best available data to support countries in preparing restoration pledges in the run up to the Ministerial Roundtable on Forest Landscape Restoration in Eastern and South-East Europe, scheduled to take place in 2021.

Advancing next generation standards to digitalize data and document exchange in multimodal transport and trade, leveraging UN/CEFACT norms 

The economic and sanitary crisis caused by the pandemic calls for new ways of doing business. We need to digitalize data and document exchange in cross-border transport and supply chains to avoid person-to-person contacts, while increasing the efficiency of trade and transport operations. However, the fragmentation of efforts to digitalize different modes of transport and sectors risks undermining the efficiency of the whole endeavour. For this reason, UNECE’s efforts to harmonize standards for multimodal information exchange, aligned to the semantic standards and reference data models of t

UNECE-led Partnership to improve energy efficiency of the building supply chain in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia 

A UNECE-led partnership will improve energy efficiency of the global building supply chain and its products to deliver high performance buildings in seven UNECE member States: Armenia, Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Tajikistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. 

Summary and Insights of the Sub-regional Innovation Policy Outlook 2020: Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus

The Sub-regional Innovation Policy Outlook (IPO) of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) rests on a mandate from the UNECE Committee on Innovation, Competitiveness and Public-Private Partnerships. It helps Eastern Europe and the South Caucasus (EESC) countries assess their innovation systems and design, run, and evaluate effective policies, institutions, and support mechanisms.