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25 November2014

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29 November2014

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1 December2014

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Contact

Mr. Tarcisio AlVarez-Rivero
Director
+961-1-978852
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Ms. Ramla Khalidi
Chief of Startegic Directions and Partnerships Section
+961-1-978419
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Regional Advisors

Mr. Nawar Al-Awa
Regional Advisor on
Information and Communication Technology Policies
+961-1-978539
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Mr. Khaled Ayesh
Regional Advisor on
Inclusive Social Development
+961-1-978424
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Ms. Wafa'a Dikah Hamze
Regional Advisor on
ESCWA Center for Women
+961-1-978639
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Mr. Omar Hakouz
Regional Advisor on
National Accounts and Economic Statistics
+961-1-978342
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Mr. Ralf Klingbeil
Regional Advisor on
Environment and Water
+961-1-978508
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Mr. Adib Nehme
Regional Advisor on
Peace Building, Transition and Governance
+961-1-978337
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Upcoming Events

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Past Events

5/12- 6/12/2005
Expert Group Meeting on Satellite Accounts - Beirut

30/11- 1/12/2005
Expert Group Meeting on Transport Facilitation for Regional Integration - Oman

28/11- 29/11/2005
Expert Group Meeting on Preparation for the WTO 6th Ministerial Conference - Beirut

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Programme Planning & Technical Cooperation
 

Core Functions - Technical Cooperation

Overview
 
The Technical Cooperation Section assists member countries in their efforts to strengthen the formulation and effective implementation of national policies, strategies and programmes towards the fulfilment of regional and global commitments. Technical cooperation services cover a wide range of activities in line with ESCWA’s mandate and areas of expertise, including regional advisory services, training activities and field projects. These services are delivered in response to requests made by member countries and represent the operational dimension of the work of ESCWA, complementing the analytical and normative work of the Commission undertaken through the regular programme of work by the seven substantive subprogrammes. The choice of service or activity depends on the needs of the requesting country as reflected in its national development plan or as expressed in a direct request for immediate assistance.
 
 In line with the Technical Cooperation Strategy adopted at the twenty-fourth session of the Commission and set out in resolution 275 (XXIV), ESCWA has adopted a proactive approach to reposition technical cooperation activities in order to ensure that they respond effectively to the priority needs and expectations of member countries. Technical cooperation activities and services are managed through three separate modalities: the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation, the Development Account (DA), and  extrabudgetary resources including the Trust Fund.
 
For further information on the technical cooperation work of ESCWA, please visit the Technical Cooperation Network webportal for information about ESCWA advisory services and capacity building activities under the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation.
 


Advisory Services 

       Upon request, ESCWA provides member countries with short-term advisory services. It currently has six regional advisors with established records of expertise and regional experience in the areas of water and environment, social policy, the Millennium Development Goals, information and communications technologies, national accounts and economic statistics, and advancement and empowerment of women. Regional advisors support member countries in their development efforts by recommending measures and policies to help them overcome specific problems; undertaking capacity-building activities, including training workshops; assisting in the preparation of project proposals; and disseminating up-to-date knowledge and information in their areas of specialization.  In addition to the six regional advisors, advisory services may also be undertaken by ESCWA staff or short-term consultants.

 

        During the biennium 2008-2009, ESCWA provided 175 technical advisory services, covering all the substantive areas of work of the Commission and all 14 member countries. Examples of such services include the provision of support in the formulation of medium-term national development plans, the development of a road map for the introduction of an integrated information management and decision support system, and support in the preparation of national MDG reports and projects. 

 
        The Technical Cooperation Menu presents a broad range of expertise delivered to Member Countries.

 


Capacity Building

         At its core, technical cooperation aims to support individual, institutional and societal capacity-building so that the development challenges and emerging issues facing the region can be efficiently and effectively addressed. To that end, ESCWA supports capacity-building activities that have both a regional dimension and a multiplier effect, responding to requests for support from member countries with tailored capacity-building programmes, workshops, fellowships and study tours.

 

         Such activities may be at the national, subregional or regional level and aim to enhance the skills of professionals on a variety of substantive and management topics. Examples of recent capacity-building activities include training workshops for the preparation of national reports on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, national training on rock falls and disaster risk reduction, and inter-ministerial workshops on strategic planning and evaluation. 

 

Development Account

        The Development Account (DA) is a capacity development programme of the United Nations Secretariat aiming at enhancing capacities of developing countries in the priority areas of the United Nations Development Agenda. It is funded from the Secretariat’s regular budget and implemented by 10 entities of the Executive Committee of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA, 5 Regional Commissions, UNCTAD, UNEP, Habitat and UNODC). The programme was originally established in 1997 and since then 166 projects have or are being implemented for a total budget of $110 million.    

 

          The DA has a biannual budget of approximately $20-25 million and often in cooperation between more than one entity.  ESCWA participation in the DA began in the third tranche (2003-2004). For the current biennium, ESCWA is serving as the lead agency for nine projects, four of which have been carried over from the fifth (2006-2007) and sixth tranches (2008-2009).  ESCWA will serve as the lead agency for four projects for the next biennium (2012-2013). DA projects contribute to enhancing the quality ESCWA deliverables and their impact, and offer an excellent opportunity for strengthening outreach at both interregional and international levels, thereby expanding opportunities for South-South cooperation, the sharing of experiences and maintaining project ownership, all of which are facilitated by the use of various information technology tools.  ESCWA will continue to take the lead in expanding DA projects and creating synergies with its regular programme activities.

 

          The list of on-going DA projects in which ESCWA is either lead agency or implementing partner are indicated in the table below:
 
List of on-going Development Account Projects

 

Tranche

Description

Leader

Division

Budget (000)

6

Participatory human development in post-conflict countries

ESCWA

SDD

504

6

Regional harmonization of cyber legislation to promote the knowledge society in the Arab world

ESCWA

ICTD

401

6

Strengthening national capacities to deal with international migration [maximizing development benefits and minimizing negative impact]

ECLAC

SDD

1,193

6

Enhancing capacities to eradicate violence against women through networking of local knowledge communities

ECLAC

ECW

736

7

Capacity-building on climate change mitigation for poverty alleviation in Western Asia

ESCWA

SDPD

547

7

Strengthening capacities in the Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia region to negotiate bilateral investment treaties

ESCWA

EDGD

502

7

Strengthening national capacities to formulate national youth policies and plans of action

ESCWA

SDD

379

7

Strengthening national capacities in the ESCWA region in developing green production sectors

ESCWA

SDPD

490

7

Regional project for strengthening statistical capacity for the ESCWA countries in energy statistics and energy balance

ESCWA

SD

509

7

Facilitating effective integration of developing countries in the global economy through aid for trade schemes

ECA

EDGD

975

7

Facilitating climate change adaptation in transport through addressing the energy-environment linkage

ECE

SDPD

738

7

Strengthening national statistical and inter-institutional capacities for monitoring the MDGs through inter-regional cooperation and knowledge-sharing

ECLAC

SD

1,192

7

Enhancing energy security and improving access to energy services through development of public-private renewable energy partnerships

ESCAP

SDPD

1,006

7

Strengthening social protection in Asia and the Pacific

ESCAP

SDD

749

7

Addressing the impact and implications of the global financial crisis on developing countries through support to services sector development

UNCTAD

EDGD

653

7

Strengthening regional knowledge networks to promote the effective implementation of the UN development agenda and to assess progress

DESA

EDGD

526

7

Enhancing key statistics and indicators to monitor progress towards the MDGs and other internationally agreed development goals

DESA

SD

810

7

Interregional cooperation on the use of data on informal sector and informal employment in national account

ECA

SD

800

7

Strengthening the capacity of developing and transition economies to link to global supply chains through the reduction of trade obstacles

ECE

EDGD

452

8

Institutional and capacity building for Arab Parliaments and other stakeholders for the implementation of Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on women, peace and security        

ESCWA

ECW

509

8

Academy of ICT Essentials for Government Leaders in the ESCWA region (AIGLE)   

ESCWA

ICTD

509

8

Developing the capacities of the Arab countries for climate change adaptation by applying integrated water resource management tools     

ESCWA

SDPD

517

8

Strengthening capacities to utilise workers' remittances in financing for development           

ESCWA

EDGD

464

8

Strengthening the capacities of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to facilitate legitimate border crossing, regional cooperation and integration

ECE

EDGD

750

8

Promoting energy efficiency investments for climate change mitigation and sustainable development

ECE

SDPD

1,250

8

Time for equality:  strengthening the institutional framework for social policy

ECLAC

SDD

661

8

Interregional cooperation to strengthen national capacities to measure progress in achieving gender equality and women's empowerment

ESCAP

SD

686

8

Capacity building for risk and disaster management systems and climate change mitigation, through use of ICT in Africa

ECA

ICTD

689

8

Strengthening national capacities of conflict affected countries to manage water scarcity and droughts

DESA

SDPD

570

8

Measuring the green economy in support of the Development Goals:  Statistical Frameworks, Indicators, and Instruments

DESA

SD

800

8

Strengthening the geospatial information management capacities of developing countries for better policy making at national, regional, international level

DESA

SD

400


Resource Mobilization and Partnerships

       ESCWA is committed to building partnerships on both the regional and global levels by engaging donors in the socio-economic development process of the region. It nurtures close partnerships with national, regional and international institutions and organizations as a strategy to support greater regional integration and the achievement of socio-economic welfare for the people of the region. Our partners, which include private sector institutions; donor endowments, foundations and funds; civil society organizations; local and regional authorities; member country Governments; international development banks; and organizations of the United Nations system, are involved in the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of programmes and initiatives.

 

       Donors may contribute to our work in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the activities to be supported and the size of the contribution. The ESCWA Trust Fund for Regional Activities, supported by donors, provides an important source of seed funding for the initiation of “pipeline” projects. For further information, please contact us.