The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, (UNECE), its the Geneva based, U.N. Regional Commission responsible for coordinating the economic and social areas of the U.N. in 56 countries of Europe, North America and North and Central Asia.
UNECE has a leading role in generating economic, social and environmental sustainable development, in identifying emerging challenges and promoting innovation in the region.
UNECE offers analysis, advice, recommendations and coordination to member countries and the United Nations system while providing a forum for policy formulation and a platform for high-level engagement among member states, international financial institutions, private sector, and civil society on global trends, policies and actions.
U.N. AND THE CREATION OF CETMO
CETMO has been linked to the U.N. since its inception. CETMO was created as a result of the Thessaloniki meeting set by UNECE in cooperation with the UN Regional Committees of Africa (UNECA) and East Asia (ESCWA) to address the specific transport problems facing the Mediterranean Region, where it was decided to promote and support the creation of specialized organizations dedicated to generate transport and logistics knowledge, cooperation facilitation and harmonized solutions specific to the Mediterranean region.
CETMO AS U.N. PERMANENT OBSERVER STATUS ORGANIZATION
As a result, CETMO was created in 1988 as U.N. associated organization with Permanent Observer Status. Additionally, CETMO and UNECE signed in 2018 a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen cooperation to boost intermodal transport in the Western Mediterranean.
CETMO has since then actively participated in the Inland Transport Committee (ITC) , the experts and transport ministers Working Group on Transport Trends and Economics (WP5) and other task groups with, for example a leading role in the analysis and concept design of the France-Spain-Maghreb transport corridor. Additionally while CETMO’s initial mandate was circumscribed to the western part of the Mediterranean, the lack of any similar transport and logistics specialized organization in Eastern Mediterranean has lead to spread its work to the overall Mediterranean region.
The close links to UNECE allows CETMO to have and expanded knowledge of trends, proposed policies and global challenges plus access to U.N. international Cooperation Framework and the initiatives, and leverage the resources and information of the UN Regional Committees of Africa (UNECA) and East Asia (ESCWA).