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United Nations Regional Programme for Technical Cooperation

About the RPTC

Under the Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation (RPTC), the United Nations Secretariat supports the building of countries’ capacities to keep development commitments and achieve development goals agreed in UN processes. RPTC programmes provide the operative flexibility for implementing entities to respond to urgent, unanticipated needs of developing countries, in a rapid-response capacity that is not provided for in any other section of the regular budget biennial workplan. RPTC operates through the transfer of knowledge and expertise by its Secretariat implementing entities.


RPTC Mandate Review Report

Delegations emphasized the importance which they attached to the RPTC and their support for its work and mandate. View the complete report from the Informal Working Group on Mandate Review.


Implementing Development for All

RTPC seeks particularly to support the capacity building efforts of developing countries, least-developed countries, countries with economies in transition and countries emerging from conflict.

Its development programmes are geared towards facilitating the implementation of specific outcomes of the UN global conferences and summits and since the 1990s on interconnected economic, social, and environmental issues.

Why Member States Created RPTC

The Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation serves as an instrument available to the United Nations Secretariat to help build the capacities of developing countries in achieving internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDG’s). The programme is  used to meet the needs of Member States for specialized advice and training in such areas as social development, ageing, youth, the disabled, women and gender development, sustainable development and the environment, governance, trade and investment, globalization, conflict resolution and recovery, housing, humanitarian affairs, human rights, drugs and crime. Concurrently, the United Nations regional commissions undertake technical cooperation activities targeting regional development priorities, with an increasing emphasis on reducing both poverty and inequalities.


Supporting Developing Countries through Knowledge Transfer

The Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation is a programme of the UN Secretariat (DESA, Regional Commissions, UNCTAD, Habitat, OCHA and OHCHR) supporting developing countries, least-developed countries, countries with economies in transition, and countries emerging from conflict in their capacity-building efforts geared towards achieving internationally-agreed development goals and the outcomes of UN conferences and summits through the transfer of knowledge and expertise.

Member States have used RPTC to meet their needs for specialized advice and training in areas such as statistics, population, social development, Gender Issues and Advancement of Women, sustainable development and the environment, public administration, trade and development, human settlements, humanitarian assistance, human rights, and drugs and crime.

Activities Undertaken

The activities undertaken range from short-term advisory services (via regional and inter-regional Advisors, short-term experts, and regular budget staff) to training via capacity building workshops/seminars and individual fellowships to field projects.

RPTC Advisors operate as an interface between the countries and implementing entities, facilitating country level access to the knowledge and expertise of the Organization. The Advisors also act as a conduit of ongoing information exchange in the sectoral areas noted above, and promote activities that often have international, regional or sub-regional components which allow countries to learn from one another and benefit from each other’s experiences.

Interventions funded by RPTC are small scale, demand driven, and focused, targeting specific elements of Member States’ requirements to meet international commitments arising from the outcome of UN conferences and summits. The programme provides the operative flexibility for implementing entities to respond to urgent, unanticipated needs of developing countries, in a rapid-response capacity that is not provided for in any other section of the regular budget biennial work plan. Activities under RPTC often have a multiplier effect, on many occasions working to mobilize extra-budgetary funding to respond to development needs on a larger scale.

RPTC was established as a separate section of the UN’s regular budget in order to ensure a dedicated focus and capacity of the Organization to meet the development needs of its Member States. The funds are shared among the 11 implementing entities and complement the funding available from their regular budgets.