How do the Centres of Excellence contribute to the development of standards?

Specialist Centres identify excellence, prepare the best practice guides and help governments building their capabilities to develop a successful pipeline of projects. In fulfilling these tasks, the Specialist Centres will be assisted by the coordinating hub at the UNECE Secretariat. It will provide support inter alia through the Business Advisory Board and the Editorial Board.

The idea is not to cover every sector in which PPPs are occurring, but to focus on some of the most important sectors. The choice of a sector should meet the following conditions:

  • The sector selected is ‘front line’ in addressing some of today’s pressing problems, notably, greening our economies, use of technologies to fight climate change, improving access to basic public services, alleviation of poverty, etc.;
  • The sector selected benefits has few, if any, previous published toolkits, or best practice guides.

Specialist Centres specific sectors

In other cases, Specialist Centres may focus on specific sectors that constitute the core challenges countries face in taking PPPs forward. These challenges include, for example, the legislation, financing, and institutional requirements for undertaking PPPs.

The Specialist Centres will:

  • Conduct research within the sector;
  • Develop and disseminate PPPs best practice in the sector;
  • Develop sector-specific capability development strategies for governments;
  • Provide specialised training in PPPs.

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