The Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism
Established by Economic and Social Council resolution 1998/46, the Regional Coordination Mechanism provides the primary vehicle for strengthening policy coherence within the United Nations system and promoting cooperation and collaboration among United Nations entities and their development partners in addressing regional development issues. It also provides an important means of articulating regional concerns and priorities at the global level and acting as a bridge between global, regional and national agendas. The body works by consensus with a focus on identifying shared concerns and priorities and leveraging synergies across the United Nations system in Asia and the Pacific in addressing regional challenges.
The RCM is chaired by the UN Deputy Secretary-General and convened by the Executive Secretary of ESCAP, who alternatively convenes RCM meetings.
The Regional Coordination Mechanism has a membership of 30 United Nations and affiliated entities, including ADB and the World Bank. Currently, there are six thematic working groups that operate as subsidiary bodies of the Regional Coordination Mechanism:
- Education for all
- Environment and disaster risk management
- Gender equality and empowerment of women
- International migration including human trafficking
- Poverty and hunger.
Each thematic working group is jointly chaired by two or more member United Nations agencies. The ESCAP secretariat provides secretarial support to the RCM overall, particularly at the executive level, and to monitor and follow up on agreed commitments. This includes ensuring efficient interaction and information exchange within and across the RCM and its thematic working groups.
United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific
The United Nations Development Group Asia-Pacific (UNDG) is one of the most inclusive regional UNDGs with 19 agencies as its members: ESCAP, FAO, ILO, OCHA, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNIDO, UNDP (APRO), UNEP, UNESCO Bangkok and Jakarta, UNFPA, UNHABITAT, UNHCR, UNICEF (ROSA and EAPRO), UN Women, UNODC, UNOPS, WFP, WHO. The main objective of the UNDG A-P is to deliver more coherent, effective and efficient support to countries seeking to attain internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals. Main work modalities include UN Development Assistance Frameworks and “Delivering as One”. The UNDG A-P is convened by the UNDP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific.