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What is Technical Cooperation ?

Technical cooperation is an important instrument for implementing the UNECE programme of work and forms an integral part of the Commission's activities.

UNECE technical cooperation is based on four principles:

It should be demand driven, results oriented, focused on the countries with economies in transition, and linked to UNECE's normative work.

While implementing its programme of work, UNECE employs three types of technical cooperation services:

  • Advisory services to support countries on policy-related issues, the implementation of the UNECE legal instruments, regulations and norms, and formulation of specific technical cooperation projects/programmes;
  • Capacity-building workshops, seminars, study tours, and training courses to assist countries to adopt and implement global and the UNECE legal instruments, regulations and norms;
  • Technical cooperation projects, including those with multi-sectoral and/or sub-regional focus, in areas where the UNECE has a mandate and expertise.

Depending on the area and goals of a technical cooperation project, the implementation activities are carried out either by regular staff, or Regional Advisers, or both and include the organization of study tours or missions of a technical nature, capacity-building workshops, meetings of experts, etc. 

In the process of planning and delivery of its technical cooperation services, UNECE maintains active collaboration with key international organizations and institutions present in the region, both within and outside the UN system, with the aim to increase the effectiveness of its technical assistance and avoid duplication of resources. UNECE technical cooperation activities are carried out by regular staff of its Divisions, and Regional Advisers, working in close cooperation with the Divisions.

UNECE technical cooperation projects are financed from: Regular UN budget, including UN Development Account (UNDA) and the Regular Programme on Technical Cooperation (RPTC); Extra-budgetary resources.