ESCAP has entered into partnerships with several key agencies and organizations.
ESCAP and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) share the common position that the UN should play a distinctive and value-added role in supporting national efforts for achieving the MDGs. In light of this shared position, ESCAP and UNDP are working very closely in supporting the MDG campaign in the Asia-Pacific region. Activities taken under the ESCAP/UNDP joint initiative to support the achievement of MDGs include:
- Advocating key regional messages with an emphasis on institutional change to support the MDGs, particularly in those countries that are at high risk of not achieving the majority of MDG targets; and
- Strengthening the statistical capacity of countries in the region to generate reliable and comparable data on the MDGs.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ESCAP signed a Memorandum of Understanding in 2004 on cooperation by the two regional organizations. The MOU reflects the commitment of each organization to support achievement in Asia and the Pacific of the Millennium Development Goals. The MOU outlines the purpose and general principles for ADB-ESCAP cooperation. The key thematic areas of ADB-ESCAP cooperation include MDGs, environment and climate, water, statistics, social protection and regional connectivity.
ESCAP and the World Trade Organization (WTO) signed an Agreement in 2004 (amended most recently in 2011) on cooperation between the agencies for on-going joint training programmes for developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Agreement reflects the commitment of each organization to provide trade-related technical assistance to developing countries for their economic and social development. It outlines areas for joint cooperation in managing the training programme, through a cost-sharing basis. Both agencies jointly select participants, provide staff services at their own cost, prepare training materials and conduct sessions.
ESCAP and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) concluded an MOU in January 2009 reaffirming a commitment to work together to support members States to achieve the internationally agreed development goals, taking into account the decent work approach. The key cooperation areas include social protection, statistics, mainstreaming decent work into green economy, gender equality and migration.
ESCAP and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR) of the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction signed an MOU in 2007. The main focus is to further promote awareness of the importance of disaster risk reduction as an integral component of sustainable development, with the goal of reducing human, social, economic and environmental losses resulting from natural disasters. The cooperation also aims to strengthen and support implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action, 2005-2015: Building Resilience of Communities and Nations to Disasters adopted at the World Conference on Disaster Reduction in Kobe in January 2005.
The European Union (EU) has gradually become one of the strategic partners of ESCAP. Currently, the EU is funding the multi-year project promoting sustainable agricultural technologies in Asia and the Pacific, implemented by ESCAP’s Centre for Alleviation of Poverty through Sustainable Agriculture (CAPSA), based in Bogor, Indonesia. Other EU-funded projects include trade-related technical assistance for WTO accession and post-accession processes in Bhutan and Nepal.