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. 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.

 

As a multilateral platform, UNECE facilitates greater economic integration and cooperation among its member countries and promotes sustainable development and economic prosperity through: policy dialogue, 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. UNECE also sets out norms, standards and conventions to facilitate international cooperation within and outside the region.

UNECE is hosting the secretariat of the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention). The secretariat is responsible for servicing the meetings under the Convention and assisting the Convention bodies in implementing the programme of work.

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