UN specialized institutions and organizations
The Republic of Azerbaijan is a member of UN since 2 March 1992. During these years our country has been closely involved in the activities of various UN institutions. The Republic of Azerbaijan was selected as a temporary member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2 years in 2011. In terms of the improvement of the economic relations and integration of Azerbaijan to the UNIDO, UNECE, SPECA can be noted.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
General information. UNIDO was established by the UN General Assembly in 1966. Since its establishment, UNIDO keeps solving the issues related to the industry with the governments, business associations, and private companies. On 1 January 1986, UNIdO became the specialized institution of the UN for the purpose of contributing to the industry development and cooperation. Currently, 172 countries are members of this organization.
Objective. Supporting industrial development in the developing and transition countries, improvement of the competitive industry production, help to create the international industry partnerships, strenghten socially fair and ecology friendly development of industry.
Cooperation with Azerbaijan. The Republic of Azerbaijan is a member of the UNIDO since 1993. In 2000, Azerbaijan signed "Memorandum on cooperation in the field of industrial development". In 2005, "Framework Program on cooperation during 2005-2010" was signed between the organization and Azerbaijan. Many projects in the various fields, as well as increasing the efficiency of the energy, supporting national industry statistic programs, supporting SME, improving environmental issues etc projects were implemented by the organization in Azerbaijan. In July 2010, General Director of Organization Kandeh Yumkella visited Azerbaijan.
On 17-18 April 2012, the regional conference related to the industrial parks was held by UNIDO in Azerbaijan.
On 26-27 November 2014 an international conference on the topic of "Main trends of the industry policy in XXI century, modern approach and experiences" was held in Baku. In the conference, the Frame Program related to the cooperation with UNIDO during 2014-2018 was signed by the minister of economy Shahin Mustafayev and UNIDO’s Director of Departmenf on business, investment, and technology services Mohamed Lamine Dhaoui.
UNIDO together with the Ministry of Economy implements the regional project on "Acceleration of comprehensive and continuous industry development in new Silk Way economic pipe: use of the potentials of the industry parks in Azerbaijan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan".
UNIDO’s 17th session was held during 17 November – 1 December 2017, in Wien. The deputy minister of economy participated in the event.
Negotiations with UNİDO on the extension of the implementation period of the Framework Program of Cooperation between 2014 and 2018 for the next 4 years have been initiated.
The United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA)
General information. SPECA is a mutual event beetwen transitioning countries of Central Asia and the UN. Objectives and directions of the Programme was mentioned in Tashkent Declaration, on 26 March 1998.
Participants of the Programme. United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan.
Objectives. Objectives of the program are to strengthen sub-regional cooperation in Central Asia and its integration into the world economy, to attract foreign resources and financing priority problems, enhancing the apply of norms and standards of the UNESCAP and UNECE.
Partnership with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan was admitted to the Program at the 4th session of the Regional Advisory Committee held in Bishkek on 28-29 November 2002. The first meeting of the Program Management Board and Business Forum was held in Baku in 2006. The Ministerial Meeting was held in Baku on 1-2 December 2010 on the initiative to join the Trade Assistance Mechanism, put forward by the Ministries of Foreign Affairs and Economic Development in 2007.
On November 26-28, 2012, the seventh meeting of the SPECA Management Board, including the 7th Session of the Trade Project Working Group and the Economic Forum was held in Bangkok, Thailand.
On July 8-11, 2013, an event was held on the project of trade facilitation of the SPECA member states in Geneva, Switzerland. At the event, the national action plan was reviewed and discussions were held on the drafting of a more improved form for 2014.
On November 19-22, 2013, the 8th session of the Steering Council and the SPECA Economic Forum 2013 were held in Almaty within the framework of the "SPECA Week".
The 6th session of the Trade Committee on February 10-12, 2014 and the 8th session of the Economic Cooperation and Integration Committee in Geneva were held on February 12-14, 2014.
A delegation lead by Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry participated at the meeting of the SPECA Economic Forum and Management Council, held on November 10-12, 2015 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
In 2016, Azerbaijan chaired the SPECA. The 11th meeting of the SPECA Economic Forum and the Governing Council was held in Ganja on November 22-23, under the co-chairmanship of the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the UN Economic Commission for Europe.
The Economic Forum of the SPECA held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan on 5-6 December 2017, and representatives of the Ministry of Economy attended the 12th Session of the SPECA Governing Council.
The representatives from the Ministry of Economy participated at the meetings of SPECA Working Group of Trade, Economic Forum and the Governing Council dedicated to the 20th anniversary of SPECA which were held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 19-21 September, 2018.
The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE)
General information. UNECE was established in 1947. Headquarter is in Geneva. The puspose is to promote economic co-operation between Pan-European economic integration and member countries, achieve sustainable development goals, and implement projects aimed at results.
Partnership with Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan is a member of the Commission since July 30, 1993.
Representatives of the Ministry of Economy attended the 6th session of the Economic Cooperation and Integration Committee of UNECE in Geneva on February 12-14, 2014.
On April 14-16, 2015, the 66th session of UNECE on the theme "Preparation for Sustainable Development in Transformation" was held in Geneva. Representative of the Ministry of Economy and Industry attended the meeting.
On October 26-27, 2016 an international conference of UNECE "Activity in the direction of economic integration and sustainable development for UNECE region by 2030" was held in Minsk, Belarus. Deputy Minister of Economy took part in the event.
On 22-23 November, 2016, UNECE Executive Secretary visited Azerbaijan. The main purpose of the visit was to attend the 11th session of the SPECA Economic Forum and Management Board held jointly by UNECE and the Ministry of Economy.
The UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
General Information. The Commission was established in 1947. Azerbaijan is a member since July 31, 1992. There are 53 members and 9 associate members. The main purpose of the organization is to promote economic cooperation among member countries, to implement projects aimed at results, to provide technical assistance and to strengthen capacity.
Cooperation with Azerbaijan. The Republic of Azerbaijan regularly publishes the UNESCAP Economic and Social Review on Asia and the Pacific.
On July 6-8, 2010, a joint window exercise in the CAREC region was held in Baku.
On July 9, 2010, a unique window and business process analysis capability seminar was held in Baku.
On 24-25 November 2011, a regional seminar on cooperation and information dissemination was held in Central Asia for flood risk reduction and sharp weather events in Baku.
On December 3-4, 2013, Baku hosted an expert consultation on Asian Information Super Highway and regional connection.
On November 10-11, 2015, a member of the Ministry of Economy attended the UNESCAP Working Group on Enhancing Financial Cooperation for Closing of Infrastructure Gaps in Region Countries.
On February 2-3, 2016, UN delegation led by UN Deputy Secretary General, UNESCAP Secretary-General Shamshad Akhtar visited Azerbaijan.
On May 5-19, 2016, Deputy Minister of Economy attended UNESCAP’s 72nd session held in Bangkok, Thailand.
Representativeof the Ministry of Economy participated in the 2nd sub-regional seminar of UNESCAP held in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 26-30 September 2016.
UNESCAP’s 73rd session was held in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 15-19, 2017. In the event, Deputy Minister of Economy Sevinj Hasanova represented Azerbaijan.
A representative of the Ministry took part in the 2nd Ministerial Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation and Integration in Asia and the Pacific, which was held in Bangkok on November 21-24, 2017.