To enhance coordination and collective action, the Regional UNDG has established thematic working groups in a number of key selected 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 UN country teams develop high quality UN Development Assistance Frameworks/strategic frameworks. The PSG is chaired by UNDP and consists of technical specialists from 25 regional UNDG member agencies. The PSG also includes the regional UNDG deputy directors who provide strategic guidance.
- Youth Thematic Working Group
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 regional UNDG member agencies.
- Gender Thematic Working Group
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 chaired by UN Women and consists of technical specialists from 12 regional UNDG member agencies.
- Thematic Working Group on Women in Leadership
The Thematic Working Group on Women Resident Coordinator/UN Country Team Leadership promotes female leadership in the region, with a particular focus on staff from the Arab region. The group promote and supports leadership of women among UN agencies in the region, through access to training, capacity development, learning opportunities, coaching and mentoring. The group is chaired by UN Women.
- Social Protection Thematic Working Group
The Social Protection Thematic Working Group facilitates knowledge sharing and the development of practical tools and resources to assist UN country teams 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 regional 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 Thematic Working Group
The Prevention of Violent Extremism Thematic Working Group purpose serves as an regional UNDG platform to exchange information and experience in addressing prevention on violent extremism and to identify common actions that could be undertaken at the regional and engage with UN country teams 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.
- The Maghreb Thematic Working Group
The Maghreb Thematic Working Group provides policy support to the UN country teams’ efforts in their strategic positioning with government counterparts on certain challenging topics. This group has completed the concept note and is developing the terms of reference. The group is co-chaired by UNAIDS and FAO.
- Net Contributing Countries Thematic Working Group
The Net Contributing Countries Thematic Working Group provides policy support to UN country teams in their efforts to strengthen their position vis-a-vis Government counterparts. The group is co-chaired by UNDP and UNEP.