International Union of Economists (IUE) was established in 1991 to promote global economic and social progress. Presently, the IUE brings together representatives from 48 countries around the world — prominent economists, practitioners, scientists, government officials and public figures, representatives of the business community, national and regional unions and associations of economists.
In 1999, the IUE was awarded the General Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN ECOSOC), recently renewed and extended in March 2021.
Currently, only 142 international non-governmental organizations globally hold this high status. The International Union of Economists is also associated with the UN Department of Global Communications.
IUE is authorized to use the venues of the UN Economic and Social Council for making speeches at the UN General Assembly. In addition, over many years, representatives of the International Union of Economists have been part of the official Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly.
Over the past 30 years, the IUE has identified optimal and effective expert involvement formats that have allowed it to become an open and independent intellectual platform for economists from around the world.
The General Consultative Status with the UN ECOSOC allows the IUE to broadcast recommendations on addressing any pressing challenges from the rostrum of the UN and other authoritative international organizations. Thanks to this status, the IUE participates in the dissemination of the UN’s analysis findings.
IUE has been selected to host the presentations of the annual World Economic Situation and Prospects Report (DESA, United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs) and the annual Trade and Development Report (UNCTAD, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development). Presentations of these reports, which are among the most authoritative UN publications, are held annually on a single day in all world capitals.
IUE is a co-organizer of a major permanent international economic forum — the Moscow Academic Economic Forum, an intellectual platform that brings together Russian and global experts and scientists. 8497 professionals from 32 countries took part in MAEF-2021.
One of the key events organized by the International Union of Economists is its Member Conference. The Conference has been held since 1992 in different countries of the world, including the US, Spain, France, Israel, Australia, Croatia, Jordan, Mexico, China, Brazil, Norway, New Zealand, South Africa, Indonesia, Cuba, Cyprus, etc.
In 2021, the International Union of Economists turns 30. A rich program of events dedicated to the IUE’s 30th anniversary was scheduled for the entire year. The main event of the program is the Russian Economic Conference dedicated to the official Economist Day and the 30th anniversary of the International Union of Economists. The Conference is titled: Challenges of the Future: Individual and Society Towards Sustainable Socio-Economic Development. On November 11, 2021 the Russian Economic Conference, dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the International Union of Economists and the international Economist Day was held in a mixed offline and online format.
The event was broadcast from the Fireplace Hall of the Economist House on Tverskaya, where the headquarters of the conference organizers — the Free Economic Society of Russia and the International Union of Economists — are located.
Thanks to video links and digital platforms connecting Moscow with Russia’s regions, almost 5,000 professionals and experts from 72 regions of the Russian Federation and 21 countries around the world joined the Conference. Among them were the top leaders of the United Nations, representatives of the committees of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation and the State Duma of the Russian Federation, regional authorities, specialized departments, the Eurasian Economic Commission, the real sector of the economy, the educational community, leading scientists and experts, and public figures.
In 2019-2022, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Federal Agency for International Cooperation, the Russian Association for International Cooperation (RAMS), and other organizations became the IUE partners by entering into official cooperation agreements.
The International Union of Economists on an ongoing basis cooperates with the UN Economic and Social Council, the UN Department of Global Communications, UNCTAD, UNESCO, HABITAT, UN Information Centers around the world, the Russian United Nations Assistance Association, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, the Russian Federal Agency for International Cooperation, the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, the Russian Association for International Cooperation (RAMS), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, foreign embassies in the Russian Federation, the Russian Academy of Sciences, the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, the Russian NGO Business Russia, the Russian NGO of Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Opora Rossii, national and international organizations, leading universities in Russia and abroad.