Assessing the roll-out of the UN regional reform

Assessing the roll-out of the UN regional reform

This document by Cepei, with support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, aggregates available information on the UNDS regional reform to enable the UN system and its external stakeholders to take inventory of the progress made thus far and identify opportunities going forward.



A repositioned UN Development System at the regional level 

The Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and Cepei are committed to promoting sound expertise for a more inclusive reform process.

Mandated by the UN General Assembly in response to the vision and proposals of the Secretary-General, the reform of the United Nations Development System involves a set of far-reaching changes in the way this global architecture works.

Its ultimate objective is to yield a more integrated UNDS focused on delivery on the ground, with more transparent internal and external accountability for contributions to national needs, and with capacities, skillsets, and resources better aligned to the 2030 Agenda.

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A sustainable regional United Nations

Cepei and the Office of the UN Secretary General established a partnership to carry out research and provide recommendations for the regional reform of the United Nations Development System (UNDS). A two-phase approach was agreed upon.

The first phase focused on enhancing collaboration among the various entities at the regional and subregional levels. The second focused on how to realign these assets at a broader level. In coordination with the UNDS Transition Team, Cepei agreed to provide the Secretary General with recommendations to assist in this transition.

UN regional assets

This regional asset mapping prepared by Cepei with 2019 data on staffing, funding and geographical distribution in the 5 world regions provides a holistic view of the work of the United Nations.

Milestones in the research process

April 2019

A sustainable regional UN

Cepei and the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations partnered to produce an independent report. 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 delivered recommendations to the regional reform process.

December 2019

Next steps on regional reform

Cepei prepared a second report as the main input for Member States responsible for supervising and implementing the UN regional reform

February 2020

From cost to investment in the regions

The third report presented by Cepei contains a series of reflections aimed at Member States regarding the regional reform of the UN Development System.

May 2020

Why Member States should support the United Nations regional reform

The UN Regional Reform proposal by the Secretary-General deserves to be supported by Member States because it brings a unique opportunity to shape one system working together, with common goals and concerted action.

January 2021

Mapping of the UN regional assets

In 2021, Cepei published a new analysis of regional assets, providing a holistic view of the work of the UN in Latin America and the Caribbean that helps identify who is doing what and where.

June 2021

Roll out of the Regional Reform: State of Play, Bottlenecks, and Aspirations

With the regional reform process underway and progressing, Cepei and the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung assessed the progress made by the United Nations Development System in deploying the regional reform.

March 2022

Unleashing the regional reform

Cepei and the DCO seek to maximize the impact of the United Nations across the regions. To this end, they will provide a daring, ambitious, transformative roadmap, including recommendations on how the UN’s work at the regional level should be more coherent and efficient through coordination, communication, and collaboration, and better use of its resources and assets.


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