For the UNECE region, the Regional Forum on Sustainable Development is a broadly recognized platform that has brought together a growing number of actors and groups since its first stand-alone session in 2017.
With its predominantly high- and middle-income countries of North America, Europe, the Caucasus, Central Asia as well as Israel, the Regional Forum has engaged member States in the exchange on regional priority issues of prosperity, innovation, inclusion, gender equality and environmental sustainability, climate change and sustainable consumption and production, with a positive impact on SDG implementation at the national level.
Other stakeholders such as civil society, youth, businesses, international and regional organizations, academia, parliamentarians and local governments have participated in and contributed to the Regional Forum in manifold ways, making it a participatory and inclusive platform. The Regional Forums on Sustainable Development for the UNECE Region are convened by UNECE, in close collaboration with the other entities of the regional UN system in the framework of the Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP).
Organizations and civil society are invited to participate in the Forum through the organization of events on the sidelines of the forum in a remote and face-to-face format. To organize an event, you must submit an application, which is them selected(or not) by a commission. In 2023, the Center for International Cooperation, in partnership with colleagues from the CIS countries, got the opportunity to hold a side event, the theme of which was the issues of more effective achievement of SDG 17 “Cooperation for Sustainable Development” as part of joint research on the quality of education, exchange of experience on achieving better results by students , recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will be held under the title “Multiple crisis and cross-country partnerships as a way and means for overcoming and strengthening in the CIS region” remotely on March 29 at 8:00 am CET.