Countries of Eastern Europe and South Caucasus discuss preliminary findings and recommendations of pilot UNECE Subregional Innovation Policy Outlook

On the 5th of March 2020, representatives from the six countries in Eastern Europe and South Caucasus (EESC) and international experts met to discuss the preliminary results and recommendations of UNECE’s Subregional Innovation Policy Outlook (IPO) at the second meeting of the IPO national focal points, this week in Geneva. The Innovation Policy Outlook assesses the scope and quality of innovation policies, institutions, and processes. It is being carried out for the first time by UNECE hand-in-hand with EESC countries (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) offering an exciting policy laboratory for further assessments of innovation policies in other UNECE subregions. The IPO helps countries to identify strengths and weaknesses, to enlarge the evidence base for mutual policy learning, and to improve innovation policies, institutions and processes. The goal is to better harness innovation not only for increased competitiveness, but also to meet the ambitious sustainable development goals (SDGs), set out in the global 2030 Agenda.