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Mr. Tarcisio AlVarez-Rivero

Ms. Ramla Khalidi
Chief of Startegic Directions and Partnerships Section


Regional Advisors

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

Sorry, there are no upcoming events planned for the moment.


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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Technical Cooperation

Core Functions - Technical Cooperation

The Regular Programme of the Technical Cooperation  (RPTC) 
The Regular Programme of the Technical Cooperation (RPTC) assists member states in their efforts to strengthen the formulation and effective implementation of national policies, strategies and programmes towards the fulfillment 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 States 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 states. Technical cooperation activities and services are managed through three separate modalities: the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation, the Development Account (DA), and extrabudgetary resources.
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 
The Regular Programme of the Technical Cooperation  includes a pool of Regional Advisers  who have a wide variety of backgrounds, including experts in economic and social development, project planning, Information Technology, results-based management, public administration, business administration and international relations
Upon request, ESCWA provides member states with short-term advisory services. It has regional advisors with established records of expertise and regional experience in the areas of water and environment, social policy, peace building, transition and governance, information and communication technology policies, national accounts and economic statistics, gender issues and transport. Regional advisors support member states 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 regional advisors, advisory services may also be undertaken by ESCWA staff or short-term consultants.
ESCWA's Technical Cooperation Menu presents a broad range of expertise delivered to Member States.
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 states 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.
Development Account (DA)
The Development Account (DA) is a capacity development programme of the United Nations Secretariat aiming at enhancing capacities of developing states 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.
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). 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.
For the Development Account projects in which ESCWA has participated as a Leader or Partner please follow this link:  or
The Extra-budgetary resources
Extra budgetary (XB) resources are mobilized to respond to innovative project ideas that are able to take off, engage donors, and nurture important partnerships for the region as well as to respond to emerging issues of Member States. These activities are implemented as part of ESCWA’s strategic framework to operationalize the normative and analytical work achieved by the ESCWA seven sub programmes during each biennium.