Mapping of the UN regional assets

January 4, 2021

“This mapping exercise is the only existing source with accurate data information about the UN regional level. It should be considered the first step in a long road. RECs and AFPs must update regional information, while the UN Secretary-General proposed reform rolls out, especially taking into account the changing dynamics year by year which end up affecting the assets. There are many obstacles to overcome”.

This documents provides an analysis of UN regional assets: a holistic view of the work of the UN in Latin America and the Caribbean that helps identify who is doing what and where.

The analysis is focused on the UN regional level. It is a draft of a future final report aimed to help the UNDS regional reform roll out its process. According to our initial analysis, the UN makes three core contributions at the regional level: Analytical (data, research, analysis, advice), operational (programme delivery and support) and Brokering (bringing people and organizations together for a purpose).

Principales Hallazgos

Differences in funding between the five UN regions and in them are difficult to estimate. The regional funds counting becomes even more complicated. There is not enough geographically disaggregated data to carry out that exercise.

Two main groups of weaknesses impact the UNDS regional work: information and lack of resources related capacities. According to AFPs, the regional system’s critical flaw is an insufficient knowledge sharing between institutions, followed by a lack of funding and human resources.

The UN regional development system should be strengthened to get better results more efficiently, while the regional institutions must become more accountable to the public and collaborate among them to create synergies and make the UN presence in the regions more robust and relevant.

Main Findings

Differences in funding between the five UN regions and in them are difficult to estimate. The regional funds counting becomes even more complicated. There is not enough geographically disaggregated data to carry out that exercise.

Two main groups of weaknesses impact the UNDS regional work: information and lack of resources related capacities. According to AFPs, the regional system’s critical flaw is an insufficient knowledge sharing between institutions, followed by a lack of funding and human resources.

The UN regional development system should be strengthened to get better results more efficiently, while the regional institutions must become more accountable to the public and collaborate among them to create synergies and make the UN presence in the regions more robust and relevant.

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