17.10.2017 - UNESCO Venice Office

UNESCO is host in Venice of 21 UN agencies for the Regional UN System Meeting for Europe and Central Asia

UNDG.ORG /Europe and Central Asia

On 19-20 October 2017, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe will host at its premises in Venice, Italy, the joint meeting of the Regional Coordination Mechanism and the Regional UNDG Team for Europe and Central Asia. The Regional UN system meeting, to which 21 UN entities will participate, will be preceded on 18 October by a technical-level meeting of the UNDAF Peer Support Group.

While countries in Europe and Central Asia are taking steps towards achieving the 2030 Agenda and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the entities of the UN system in the region are continuing to connect the dots and align their activities to support these efforts. Regional UN system meetings play a central role in reaching decisions related to policy coherence, provision of leadership support, strategic policy guidance, quality assurance and oversight. The decisions taken during the meetings are binding and taken by consensus.

The Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM), as coordinator of the work of the organizations of the UN system at the regional level, promotes cooperation among UN regional entities and their various partners in addressing regional, crosscutting policy issues. Chaired by the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the RCM works in close cooperation with the Regional UN Development Group for Europe and Central Asia (ECA R-UNDG), which focuses on programming, coordination and policy work at the country level.    

The ECA R-UNDG works closely with UN Country Teams (UNCTs) through provision of strategic guidance and policy advice. The team also provide oversight functions through the Resident Coordinator/UNCT performance management system, as well as coordinated technical support for the rollout and implementation of the UN Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs), particularly through the Peer Support Group (PSG). The ECA R-UNDG Team covers 18 programme countries with full-fledged UN presence (i.e. presence of a Resident Coordinator and functioning UNCTs) and 4 countries, where the UN is represented through either selected UN entities (with no RC) or their projects national staff. All programme countries are in middle-income category. The key objective of the ECA R-UNDG is to support UN Country Teams in these countries to strengthen UN positioning through advancing the UN coherence agenda and enhancing strategic programming, resource mobilization, and partnership-building. The ultimate result that the ECA R-UNDG strives to achieve is strengthened and high quality UN contribution to countries in achieving their national priorities in the context of and in alignment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

In close cooperation with the UNESCO offices in Almaty, Tashkent and Teheran, the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe participates and contributes to the work of the Regional Coordination Mechanism and the Regional UNDG, as well as of its UNDAF PSG. In a few days, the regional bureau will host in Venice the next Regional UN system meeting for Europe and Central Asia. The dialogue will focus on the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the region, the United Nations Development System (UNDS) reform and the preparation of the Regional Forum for Sustainable Development (RFSD). Regional directors will decide on the next steps regarding advocacy for SDGs, country support and inter-agency cooperation.

The Regional UN System meeting will be co-chaired by Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and Chair of the RCM and Ms. Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States and Chair of the Regional UNDG Team for Europe and Central Asia.

Twenty-one entities - UN Agencies, Funds and Programmes - will be represented at the Regional UN System meeting in Venice:  FAO, IAEA, ILO, IOM, ITU, OHCHR, UN Habitat, UN Women, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNECE, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNOPS, WFP and WHO.

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