A Sustainable Regional UN 2019

April 1, 2019

“The fact that the UN covers the whole world gives it a special place at all levels. The UN has extraordinary knowledge and resources with global reach. So, the potential for meaningful and long-lasting contributions is part of the UN’s essence. The regional level is in a privileged position due to its capacity to better understand sub-regional and regional issues and dynamics”.

Cepei and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations partnered to produce an independent report to provide recommendations on the United Nations regional reform process when it is reaching a defining moment.

Our research team visited the five UN regions and consulted with members of the System, government, and other stakeholders. More than 600 people were involved, and over 30 meetings were convened. As a result, Cepei mapped the Organization’s assets and recommendations to the regional reform process. 

The challenge before the international community is to match the path to sustainable development with appropriate reforms of the UNDS at all levels. In this regard, the regional work of the UN needs to become more coherent and efficient by fostering coordination, communication, and collaboration; and better use of its resources and assets.

What are the strengths, opportunities, weaknesses, & threats in this process?

Principales Hallazgos

Change should give us incentives to keep our structures and procedures as flexible as possible, and allow for an adequate and permanent adaptation to the outside world. That is why we have put forward these recommendations, inviting the UN system to have a broader vision that can inspire alignment to the changing environment.

Today’s challenge for the UN is to remain a predictable and efficient partner that delivers on the objectives of development, peace and security, set out in the UN Charter. Fragmented reform processes hardly contribute to the goal of strengthening the organization in terms of coherence, transparency and accountability.

The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are giving the UN the unique opportunity to transform its working methods, in order to bring countries together around the same objectives, with the possibility of designing integrated policies and strategies.

Main Findings

Change should give us incentives to keep our structures and procedures as flexible as possible, and allow for an adequate and permanent adaptation to the outside world. That is why we have put forward these recommendations, inviting the UN system to have a broader vision that can inspire alignment to the changing environment.

Today’s challenge for the UN is to remain a predictable and efficient partner that delivers on the objectives of development, peace and security, set out in the UN Charter. Fragmented reform processes hardly contribute to the goal of strengthening the organization in terms of coherence, transparency and accountability.

The 2030 Agenda and the SDGs are giving the UN the unique opportunity to transform its working methods, in order to bring countries together around the same objectives, with the possibility of designing integrated policies and strategies.

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