The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) was set up in 1947 by ECOSOC. It is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations. The others are the :
Economic Commission for Africa (ECA),
Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP),
Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC),
Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA). UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member States in Europe, North America and Asia. However, all interested United Nations member States may participate in the work of UNECE. Over 70 international professional organizations and other non-governmental organizations take part in UNECE activities.
UNECE's terms of reference have been defined by ECOSOC.
UNECE helps countries to convene and cooperate on norms, standards and conventions
in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
This impacts the life of citizens every single day when they, for instance, buy food, drive
a car, breathe clean air, transport goods, handle chemicals, save energy or walk in the
forest.UNECE helps implement the Sustainable Development Goals by translating the global goals into norms, standards and conventions, developing statistical recommendations and capacity, undertaking performance reviews and studies (environment, innovation, regulatory barriers, housing, forestry, statistics), building capacity and engaging in partnerships with the private sector and civil society.UNECE as a multilateral platform facilitates greater economic integration and cooperation among its fifty-six member States and promotes sustainable development and economic prosperity through:
negotiation of international legal instruments,
development of regulations and norms,
exchange and application of best practices as well as economic and technical expertise,
technical cooperation for countries with economies in transition.
The UNECE contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of the UN through the regional implementation of outcomes of global UN Conferences and Summits. Its terms of reference have been defined by ECOSOC.