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Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation

The regular programme of technical cooperation (RPTC) serves to support developing countries, with focus on countries in special situations in their capacity development efforts. Currently, those efforts are geared towards the implementation by Member States of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, and other internationally agreed development goals and the outcomes of the United Nations conferences and summits. 

The sharing of experiences across countries, subregions and regions, South-South cooperation, the use of national expertise from the beneficiary countries to the extent possible and the building of knowledge networks to facilitate continued exchange and assistance and promote sustainability are characteristics of the programme.

Another defining feature of the programme is that it is demand driven, implemented in response to urgent and explicit needs of countries for technical assistance. 

Background

Established in 1946 through the General Assembly resolution 58(I), the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation (RPTC) aims to provide the United Nations with flexibility to respond to urgent needs in technical assistance of developing countries and countries in special situations when funding from other parts of the United Nations regular budget is not available. Since then, the Programme has evolved and is currently used to support the efforts of developing countries and countries with special needs to achieve internationally agreed development goals. The demand-driven nature of the Programme however remains its strong and distinct feature.

The regular programme of technical cooperation (RPTC) serves to support developing countries, with focus on countries in special situations in their capacity development efforts. Currently, those efforts are geared towards the implementation by Member States of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, and other internationally agreed development goals and the outcomes of the United Nations conferences and summits. 

The sharing of experiences across countries, subregions and regions, South-South cooperation, the use of national expertise from the beneficiary countries to the extent possible and the building of knowledge networks to facilitate continued exchange and assistance and promote sustainability are characteristics of the programme.

Another defining feature of the programme is that it is demand driven, implemented in response to urgent and explicit needs of countries for technical assistance. 

 

Implementation Modalities at ESCAP:
 

       
     
   

Short-term Advisory Services

                                                                
                                
 

Capacity-building activities and services

                                                           
                       
             

 
 

Short-term Advisory Services

 
 

Capacity-building activities and services

 
  Short-term Advisory Services, included those provided by a pool of regional advisers and senior experts on economic and social development, official statistics on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, environment statistics, etc.   Capacity-building activities and services in line with the overall mandate of ESCAP and its Offer of support at the national level to Asia-Pacific countries.  

Regional Advisors

Advisory services ensure the provision of high-level technical expertise, the transfer of knowledge from global and regional entities to Governments on policy-related issues and development strategies and the formulation, assessment or evaluation of projects and programmes.

The core of this component of the programme is built around regional advisors who are speciliasts in both capacity development and in the substantive knowledge of specific subprogrammes.

Regional Advisor on Climate Finance

 

AREAS OF ASSISTANCE:

  • Green and sustainable bond frameworks
  • Reports for policymakers in the area of green finance
  • Training and workshops on green and sustainable bonds

TARGET BENEFICIARIES (Asia-Pacific):

  • Ministries of Economy and Finance
  • Central Banks
  • Securities and Exchange Regulators

PROFILE:

  • PhD, UNSW
  • Masters of Law, UNSW
  • Over two decades of professional experience providing legal financial and advisory services to enhance green and climate finance in the Asia-Pacific region.
Patrick Martin

Patrick Martin

Regional Advisor on Official Statistics

 

AREAS OF ASSISTANCE:

  • SDG progress monitoring, particular focus on goals with limited data availability
  • Strategic and institutional development of the national statistical system
  • Implementation of internationally recognized statistical concepts, classifications and frameworks in the collection, compilation and dissemination of official statistics, including improved use of big data and other non-traditional data sources

TARGET BENEFICIARIES (Asia-Pacific):

  • National Statistical Offices (NSOs) and the broader National Statistical System

PROFILE:

  • Masters in Economics and Development Economics
  • Over 30 years of experience providing capacity development in official statistics
Jan Smit

Jan Smit

Regional Advisor for the North Pacific

 

AREAS OF ASSISTANCE:

  • Legislation Review of CRPD (for stand-alone disability inclusion bill and mainstreaming disability rights)
  • Develop national frameworks in areas of SDG 7 and industry policy
  • Support engagement of Micronesian member States in intergovernmental processes

TARGET BENEFICIARIES (Pacific):

  • Ministries of Foreign Affairs
  • Ministries of Economy/Finance/Planning
  • Ministries of Social Affairs
  • Climate Change agencies

PROFILE:

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid
  • Research on institutional economics, renewable energy and socio-economic development
  • Regional Trade in Services and FTA Negotiations
  • Regional Education Qualifications Framework
Jasmine Wai Mun Hong

Jasmine Wai Mun Hong

Regional Advisor on South-East Asia

 

AREAS OF ASSISTANCE:

  • Implementation of SDGs in SEA (e.g., Promotion of Sustainable Investment)
  • Programme development in response to country requests, in cooperation with substantive divisions

TARGET BENEFICIARIES (Asia-Pacific):

  • Ministries and ASEAN Sectoral Bodies

PROFILE:

  • Bachelor of Laws, and Bachelor of Arts, Major in Legal Management
  • Over 10 years of experience working with ASEAN and countries in the South-East Asian subregion, particularly on investment-related initiatives.
Madelyn Almazora

Madelyn Almazora

How to request assistance

  • Formal communication to the Executive Secretary requesting ESCAP’s technical assistance support

           [email protected]

  • Routed through ESCAP senior management and/or Regional Advisors
  • Coordination with relevant United Nations Country Team(s) and Resident Coordinator and relevant subregional office of ESCAP