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Regional Architecture

Regional Review


Following its 2020 Operational Activities Segment the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) adopted a resolution in July 2020, endorsed in the General Assembly Resolution 74/297  which included five recommendations on the new regional architecture' and gave the UN development system a green light to move ahead with the roll-out. 

Since then, the UNSDG Advisory Group agreed on a roadmap for the roll-out of the new regional architecture, of which a transition from the current R-UNSDGs and Regional Coordination Mechanisms (RCM) to a Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP) is at the centre of the implementation. 

In each region, the RCP will be chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, in the capacity of UNSDG Chair, with the USG of the respective regional commissions and the UNDP regional directors — at the ASG level — as vice-chairs. The joint secretariat of the RCP will be provided by the regional offices of DCO, the regional commissions and UNDP, under the overall direction of the RCP chair and the two vice-chairs. The transition to the RCP is expected to take place by December 2020.  

Importantly, the RCPs will have a set of Issue-Based Coalitions (IBC) that will drive the regional development agenda forward, taking into consideration regional issues and specificities. The footprint of the IBCs will look different based on the region with the intent to transfer well-functioning collaboration areas from the R UNSDG and RCM into the new, joint RCP structure. 

The Vice-chairs, with support from the joint RCP secretariat, are expected to guide the regional development system to: i) establish knowledge management hubs in each region; ii) enhance transparency and results-based management at the regional level; iii) consolidate capacities on data and statistics across the development system; and iv) increase regional efficiencies through common back offices.


Proposed Regional Collaborative Platform