UNITED NATIONS DEVELOPMENT SYSTEM REGIONAL REFORM
We envision a collaborative, innovative, open and effective future for the UN at the regional level
Since 2019, Cepei has been providing actionable recommendations to the United Nations Development System for its regional reform to become more coherent and efficient to deliver on the promise of the SDGs.
“To accelerate progress against these priorities, we have asked for an independent stocktaking and recommendations from the think tank CEPEI, which has accompanied the regional review process, as we continue to roll out our ambitious objectives for the regions. For too long, regional entities of the United Nations were left outside of reforms and efforts to enhance the coherence of the United Nations development system. In many instances, the work of the regional level has also resided outside of system-wide reporting efforts, leading to an accountability gap or turning success stories largely invisible. We are in the process of changing this reality, with more impact and transparency in the way we deploy our regional assets.”
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.