UNDP and the UN

UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific works closely with the regional offices of the other UN agencies, playing a critical role in the UN coordination at the regional level.

UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific serves as the Chair of Regional United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific Team (UNDG A-P). UNDP Deputy Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific represents UNDP in the UNDG A-P to ensure UNDP’s effective contribution to functioning of this team of Regional Directors.

UNDG A-P is one of the six Regional UNDGs. As of July 2018, the UNDG A-P has 24 members — mostly Regional Directors or Regional Representatives — from 21 agencies, funds and programmes, and ESCAP as follows:

UNDG Asia-Pacific (UNDG A-P) provides strategic guidance and technical support to Resident Coordinators and UN Country Teams in their efforts to provide coherent and effective support to Member States to achieve the 2030 Agenda. The mandated core functions of the UNDG Asia-Pacific include:

  • Ensuring coherence of technical support to RCs and UN Country Teams;
  • Quality support and advice (QSA) to RCs and UN Country Teams of UNDAF/UN Programme;
  • Performance management of RCs and UN Country Teams;
  • ‘Trouble shooting’ in difficult country situations, dispute resolutions, etc.

UNDG A-P mobilizes technical expertise of its member UN entities to carry out its core functions. In order to research key regional development challenges and provide strategic guidance in support of country level UN operational activities, the UNDG A-P have set up several standing and/or time-bound thematic groups to develop regional position papers, toolkits, etc.:

  • Social Protection Working Group
  • Task Team on Urbanization
  • Task Team on Nutrition
  • Regional Human Rights Network
  • Peer Support Group for UNDAF formulation and implementation  

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