To enhance coordination and collective action, the R-UNDG Arab States/Middle East and Northern Africa has established thematic working groups in a number of key selected areas of areas. These working groups ensure coordinated responses at the regional level and provide quality technical support and advise to UN country teams at the national level.

Peer Support Group

The Peer Support Group (PSG) is responsible for providing quality assurance and technical support to common country programming processes and serves as the principal source of advice and support to help UNCTs develop high quality UNDAFs/strategic frameworks. The PSG is Chaired by UNDP and consists of technical specialists from 25 R-UNDG member agencies. The PSG also includes the R-UNDG Deputy Directors who provide strategic guidance.


The Youth Thematic Working Group aims to scale up ongoing programmatic and policy interventions through a coordinated and comprehensive approach, especially in crisis countries. The group is co-chaired by UNICEF and UNFPA and consists of technical specialists from 14 R-UNDG member agencies.


The Gender Thematic Working Group promotes gender equality and women’s empowerment and ensures coordination around Gender issues at the regional level. Specific areas of focus of the group include joint messaging and advocacy, knowledge sharing and support to country level gender task forces/theme groups, joint programming/joint initiatives, gender mainstreaming and capacity building. The group is Co-Chaired by UN Women and UNFPA, and consists of technical specialists from 12 R-UNDG member agencies.

Social Protection

The Social Protection Thematic Working Group facilitates knowledge sharing and the development of practical tools and resources to assist UNCTs in their efforts to implement comprehensive social protection systems, including social protection floors, across the region. The group also seeks to foster increased coherence among R-UNDG members in the delivery of technical advisory services by harmonizing positions and approaches across participating agencies, while at the same time better complementing their services according to their mandates. The group is co-chaired by ILO and UNDP.

Prevention of Violent Extremism

The Prevention of Violent Extremism (PVE) Thematic Working Group purpose serves as an R-UNDG platform to exchange information and experience in addressing PVE and to identify common/joint actions that could be undertaken at the regional level and engage with UNCTs at the national level. The group also facilitates analysis and response capacities of civil society, academia and regional organizations in the prevention of radicalization and violent extremism. The group is chaired by UNDP.