United Nations Economic
Commission for Europe

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 UNECE contributes to enhancing the effectiveness of the UN through the regional implementation of outcomes of global UN Conferences and Summits. UNECE's major aim is to promote pan-European economic integration. UNECE includes 56 member States in Europe, North America and Asia. As a multilateral platform, UNECE facilitates greater economic integration and cooperation among its member countries and promotes sustainable development and economic prosperity.


Topic A: Social and Economic Integration of Refugees

Armed conflict, civil uprising and unrest caused by political stability has increased the flow of forced migrants and hence posed rising challenges to economies and societies of European Union. Along with the humanitarian aspect, member states also have to account for the long-term social, economic and fiscal effects of refugee immigration in their rationale. With asylum requests having exceeded 1 million, an all time high, in the past one year, the socio-beneficiary status quo of asylum seekers and the consequence costs of short and long term integration, while keeping into account budget constraints are tough questions that must be answered. The integration success largely hinges on UNECE policymaking decisions such as on provision of the local language training, the school education and professional training, and access to socio cultural infrastructure.

Topic B: Disinformation and Cyberattacks and Information Theft in the Financial Sector

The world stands on the brink of the 4th technological revolution fueled by the use of the internet and ICT, which are now essential for economic and social development and form a vital infrastructure. The need for cybersecurity has translated into becoming a national policy priority, the criticality of the Internet for the modern economy has resulted in several consequences on cybersecurity policy making. the main one being the adoption of strategies that approach cybersecurity in an integrated and comprehensive manner, since cyber threats and disinformation throough the internet are involving and increasing at a fast pace. Hence it falls upon the UNECE facilitate enhanced intergovernmental cooperation at policy and international levels to ensure that the potential threats and consequences of disinformation, as well as cyber attacks are minimized .

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