The Republic of Azerbaijan is a member of the UNECE since 1993.
Visits of the UNECE leadership to Azerbaijan
H.E. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan received, on 23 November 2011, Mr. Jan Kubis, the Executive Secretary of the UNECE. At the meeting, J.Kubis recalled his official visit to Azerbaijan in the capacity of the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Slovakia and Chairman of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. The UNECE Secretary General said he is amazed to see great changes in the country. Kubis highly valued Azerbaijan’s energy policy and regional transportation projects and expressed gratitude to Azerbaijan on behalf of the United Nations for the implementation of Trans-Eurasia Information Superhighway (TASIM) project. Kubis said the UN has an international centres network around the world and is very interested in creation the International IT Centre in Azerbaijan, taking into account the rapid development of information technologies here. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan said Azerbaijan proved out itself as a reliable partner in energy and regional transport projects. Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan said IT sector is developing very fast here. Noting the importance of the various projects carried out by the United Nations, Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan supported the idea of creation the United Nations IT Centre in Azerbaijan.
Mr. Sven Alkalaj, the Executive Secretary of the UNECE was in Baku on 1-2 December 2013, to conclude negotiations on the establishment of a Specialist Centre for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) infrastructure in Baku. This Specialist Centre, which will be affiliated to the UNECE International PPP Centre of Excellence in Geneva, will aim at identifying international PPP best practice models in ICT and act as an international repository for PPP projects in the ICT sector. This cooperation will be formalized through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between UNECE and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology of Azerbaijan, to be signed on the occasion of the World Economic Forum in Davos in January 2014. In Baku, the Executive Secretary visited BakuTel 2013, the largest International Telecommunications and Information Technologies Exhibition in the Caucasus, with Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan. He held bilateral meetings with Mr. Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Mr. Elmar Mammadyarov, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Ali Abbasov Minister of Communications and Information Technology of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
On 2 December 2013 Minister Elmar Mammadyarov received the delegation led by the Executive Secretary of the UNECE Sven Alkalaj. The current level and the future prospects of the bilateral cooperation between Azerbaijan and UNECE were discussed at the very meeting. The signing of the Azerbaijan-EU Agreement on visa facilitation was underlined as a positive step in Azerbaijan-EU cooperation. S.Alkalaj added that UNECE attaches a great importance to its cooperation with Azerbaijan. At the meeting, Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Executive Secretary Alkalaj highlighted the importance of broadening the legal framework between Azerbaijan and the UNECE. S.Alkalaj also expressed his satisfaction with the favourable climate provided for foreign investors adding that Azerbaijan’s market remains attractive for the international business community.
The United Nations Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention):
The Republic of Azerbaijan has acceded to the United Nations Convention on Environmental Impact Assessment in a Transboundary Context (Espoo Convention) on 25 March 1999. Azerbaijani side is of the view that the fulfillment of the obligations, set out in the provisions of the Espoo Convention has vital importance. In this regard, Azerbaijan attaches great importance to the cooperation within the Convention and with the Convention’s Secretariat, and actively participates in the meetings of the Convention.
The 6th session of the Espoo Convention was held in Geneva, from 2 to 5 June 2014.
Along with other issues during the event the decision was adopted on the submission made by Azerbaijan to the Implementation Committee about Armenia's non-compliance with its obligations under the Espoo Convention with respect to the building of a new Nuclear Power Plant unit in Metsamor, Armenia.
The Meeting of the Parties decided that the Republic of Armenia has breached its obligation deriving from the Espoo Convention with respect to the building of a new Nuclear Power Plant unit in Metsamor, Armenia, and gave a mandate to the Implementation Committee to follow-up and as appropriate, monitor the case.
On 19-21 November 2008, the delegation of Azerbaijan headed by Mr. Natig Aliyev, Ministry of Industry and Energy attended the 17th Annual Session of the Committee on Sustainable Energy of the UNECE held in Geneva.
On 16-20 November 2009, the delegation of Azerbaijan headed by Mr. Aydin Aliyev, the Chairman of the State Customs Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan attended the 18th Annual Session of the Committee Sustainable Energy of the UNECE, held in Geneva. During his visit, Mr. Aydin Aliyev held various meetings with the officials of the several international organizations based in Geneva.
Mr. Khalaf Khalafov, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Azerbaijan met with Jan Kubiš, Executive Secretary of UNECE on 1 October 2010 in Geneva. Both sides emphasized the high level of cooperation within this organization, successful activity in the fields of energy, transportation, environment, customs, information-communication technologies, trade and other spheres within the UNECE, as well as importance of the elaboration of the new projects in the different spheres of economy and development of cooperation in this direction. Mr. Khalaf Khalafov expressed Azerbaijan’s concern over the construction of a new nuclear power station in Armenia to the Executive Secretary of the UNECE and said that the new nuclear power station constructed on the basis of old one – Metsamor nuclear power station would be a source of serious threats to the environment and socio-economic situation in the region.
Ministerial Conference on aid for trade SPECA roadmap was held on 1-2 December 2010 in Baku and Baku Declaration was adopted. UNECE Deputy Executive Secretary participated at the very meeting. Moreover, 5th Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Trade was held on 2 December 2010 in Baku.
5th Session of the SPECA Project Working Group on Knowledge-based Development was held in Baku on 4 December 2013.
In 2012, the representative of Azerbaijan was elected as the vice-chairman of the Committee on Trade of the UNECE.
3rd UNECE Forum of Women Entrepreneurs held on 14 - 15 November 2012 in Baku.
The representatives of Azerbaijan have been included in the UNECE Roster of PPP Experts.