Patrice Robineau

Patrice Robineau is Senior Adviser to the UNECE Executive Secretary. He served in the same capacity to the Deputy Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and as Secretary General of the International Cooperation for Development and Solidarity, a federation of NGOs based in Brussels. Mr. Robineau also worked as a researcher at the International Institute for Labour Studies and professor at the Department of Economics, University of Algiers.

The regions covered by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) -- the whole European continent, North America and Central Asia -- are characterized by a tremendous diversity in levels of economic development. While most countries of Western Europe and North America have levels of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita well above $20,000, for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) and South Eastern Europe (SEE), the level is below $10,000.