Palais des Nations
GENEVE  (Suisse)
Mr Christian Friis Bach, Executive Secretary

On 9 July 2014, the Secretary-General appointed Mr Christian Friis Bach of Denmark as the next Executive Secretary of UNECE. Mr Bach brings to the position a combination of deep knowledge in international economy and development affairs coupled with innovative and results-oriented leadership. Mr Bach came from a position as Member of the Danish Parliament and Head of the Parliamentarian Group for the Danish Social/Liberal Party. He previously served as Denmark’s Minister for Development Cooperation (2011-2013) and Special Advisor to the European Union Commission for the United Nations Global Sustainability Panel (2010-2011). He is Honorary Professor of International Economics and Development at the University of Copenhagen (2009-2014) and has been Associate Professor in International Economics and Development Economics, the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (1999-2005). Mr Bach has a long history with civil society, notably as the International Director for the DanChurchAid (2005-2010) and as Chairman of the Danish Association for International Cooperation (1997-2001). He also has private sector experience from running a start-up company and has worked as a journalist at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Mr Bach holds a Ph.D. in International Economics (1996), a MSc in Agronomy (1992) from the Royal Danish Agricultural University in Copenhagen and a supplementary degree in Journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism. Born in 1966, Mr Bach is married and has three children. The family lives on a small farm outside of Copenhagen.  
La Commission Economique des Nations Unies pour l’Europe (CEE-ONU) a été mise en place en 1947 par le  Conseil économique et social des Nations Unies (ECOSOC). C’est l'une des cinq commissions régionales des Nations Unies, les autres étant: la Commission économique pour l'Afrique (CEA) la Commission économique et sociale pour l'Asie et le Pacifique (CESAP) la Commission économique pour l'Amérique latine et les Caraïbes (CEPALC), la Commission économique et sociale pour l'Asie occidentale (CESAO). L’objectif majeur de la CEE-ONU est de promouvoir l'intégration économique paneuropéenne. Pour ce faire, elle rassemble 56 pays de l'Union européenne (UE), d’Europe de l’Ouest et de l'Est hors UE, d’Europe du Sud-Est,  de la Communauté des Etats indépendants (CEI) et de l'Amérique du Nord. Tous ces pays dialoguent et  coopèrent sous l'égide de la CEE-ONU sur des questions économiques et sectorielles. Cependant, toutes les parties intéressées membres des Nations Unies peuvent participer aux travaux de la CEE-ONU. Plus de 70 organisations internationales professionnelles et d’autres organisations non gouvernementales  participent aux activités de la CEE-ONU. Le Mandat et le Règlement intérieur s de la CEE-ONU ont été définis par l'ECOSOC.
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. To do so, it brings together 56 countries located in the European Union, non-EU Western and Eastern Europe, South-East Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and North America. All these countries dialogue and cooperate under the aegis of UNECE on economic and sectoral issues. 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.


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