Europe and Central Asia

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The work of the Regional UNDG Team for Europe and Central Asia (ECA R-UNDG) is guided by the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of the General Assembly of UN operational activities for development, the Management and Accountability System agreed up on by the agencies in 2008, and the UN Development Group strategic priorities for 2013-2016. Detailed activities of the ECA R-UNDG Team are spelled out in its work plan 2013-2014.

The ECA R-UNDG Team works closely with UN Country Teams in Europe and Central Asia through provision of strategic guidance and policy advice. The ECA R-UNDG Team also provides coordinated technical support through its Quality Support and Assurance mechanism, particularly through the Peer Support Group (PSG) for UNDAF roll-out processes, as well as oversight functions through the RC/UNCT performance management system. The ECA R-UNDG Team leads on mobilization of partnerships and defining a UNDG-wide role and presence in the region through increased synergies and cooperation among UN entities supporting programme countries in the region.

In its work the ECA R-UNDG Team is guided by the Terms of Reference.

The ECA R-UNDG Team is chaired by Cihan Sultanoglu, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

ECA R-UNDG Members

UNECE Christian Friis Bach Executive Secretary
FAO Vladimir Rakhmanin Regional Representative for Europe and Central Asia
WHO Zsuzsanna Jakab Regional Director for Europe
UNFPA Alanna Armitage Regional Director for Eastern Europe and Central Asia
UNICEF Afshan Khan Regional Director for Central, Eastern Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States
UNESCO Ana Luiza Thompson-Flores Director of the Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe
UNHCR Vincent Cochetel Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe
UNHCR Daisy Dell Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific
UN Women Ingibjorg Gisladottir Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
WFP Muhannad Hadi Regional Director for the Middle East, North Africa, Central Asia and East Europe
UNOPS Moin Karim Director for Europe and Central Asia Region
IAEA Martin Krause Director, Division for Europe
UNAIDS Vinay Patrick Saldanha Director of the Regional Support Team for Europe and Central Asia
UNDP Rastislav Vrbensky Deputy Regional Director of the Bureau for Europe and CIS
OHCHR Gianni Magazzeni Chief, Americas and Europe and Central Asia Branch, Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division
UNEP Jan Dusik Director and Regional Representative for Europe
ILO Heinz Koller Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia
UNIDO Jacek Cukrowski Chief of the Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia, Department of Regional Programmes and Field Representation
ITU Jaroslaw Ponder Strategy and Policy Adviser and Coordinator for Europe Region
UNCTAD Raul Javaloyes Officer, Technical Cooperation Service
UN Habitat Paulius Kulikaukas Chief (Ag), Office for Europe and European Institutions
IOM Argentina Szabados Regional Director, Office for South-Eastern Europe, Eastern Europe and Central Asia and Liaison Office to the UN and other International Organizations in Vienna

Dialogue with Member States, 11 November 2016

Throughout the region of Europe and Central Asia, governments and other actors are taking the first steps to implement the 2030 Agenda. The regional UN system is supporting these efforts in various ways. It is providing national, regional and sub-regional platforms and instruments. In countries with UN programmatic presence, it is supporting governments to devise national plans and strategies for SDGs, as well as advising on their localization. It is also actively contributing to monitoring, follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda.

Against this background, the regional UN system in Europe and Central Asia is organizing an informal dialogue (the Dialogue) with Member States from the region.

While contributing to further strengthening partnerships with Member States in the region, the Dialogue has the following key objectives:

  • Facilitate substantive discussions over integration of MDGs lessons learned in SDGs roll-out and implementation at country level.
  • Contribute to better common understanding of key development challenges in the region, thus ensuring that MDGs are not left behind national development processes.
  • Have further consultations with the Member States on their key needs with regard to all aspects of SDGs roll-out, implementation, follow-up, review, and data and monitoring.
  • Provide global and regional updates on ongoing initiatives and support offers from the UN system.

The Dialogue was held on 11 November, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (UN HQ, Conference Room 11).

ECA R-UNDG Work Plans and Reports

In January 2015, the ECA R-UNDG will start the implementation of its new 2015-2016 work plan. 2015 will also be an important milestone in further aligning the UN support and its modus operandi to be fit for purpose for the implementation of the new Post-2015 development agenda.

2013-2014 ECA R-UNDG Report

2015 ECA R-UNDG Work Plan

2015 ECA R-UNDG Mid-Year Progress Report

Peer Support Group

Quality assurance of UNDAFs/One Programmes is ensured through the Peer Support Group (PSG) mechanism. Its key objective is to facilitate the development of high quality UNDAFs/One Programmes by roll-out countries. The PSG accompanies and supports UNCTs during their analytic work and UNDAF/One Programme planning and development processes.

The PSG work is guided by the Terms of Reference and is coordinated by the designated Convening Agency(ies). Chairing and co-chairing of the PSG is be determined on a regular rotational basis (1-2 years). In 2014-2015, UNDP and UNFPA are leading the PSG as Co-Convenining Agencies.

The ECA R-UNDG Team nominates staff to serve on the PSG for the duration of the common country programming processes in the concerned countries. Currenty, the PSG comprises the following members.

The PSG reports to the ECA R-UNDG Team.

UN Coordination Officers in Europe and Central Asia