The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) is one
of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It is
the forum where the countries of western, central and eastern
Europe, central Asia and North America – 55 countries in
all – come together to forge the tools of their economic
cooperation. That cooperation concerns such areas as economics,
statistics, environment, transport, trade, industry and enterprise
development, sustainable energy, timber and habitat.
The Commission offers a regional framework for the elaboration
and harmonization of conventions, norms and standards. The Commission's
experts provide technical assistance to the countries of south-east
Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This
assistance takes the form of advisory services, training seminars
and workshops where countries in transition can share their experiences
and receive support from other countries in the region.