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United Nations Regional Programme for Technical Cooperation

DESA - Social policy and development

Objective for 2008-2009

To strengthen international cooperation for social development with particular attention to poverty eradication, employment generation and social integration, especially with due regard to issues relating to older persons, persons with disabilities, family, youth and indigenous peoples.

Expected accomplishment

  • Strengthening the capacity of Member States to develop and implement effective social programmes and policies, in particular in the field of social integration of older persons, persons with disabilities, family, indigenous peoples and youth
  • Strengthened skills and awareness of workshop participants of social group issues to promote more inclusive development practices

Indicators of achievement

  • Percentage of national personnel trained to promote participatory and inclusive social policies at the national and community levels
  • Percentage of positive evaluations by the participants on the relevance and timeliness of training workshops


Providing advisory services to Member States, upon their request, to strengthen national capacity for promoting the implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development and policies for specific social groups.

Organizing training activities to build capacity to implement internationally agreed policies and programmes of action for specific social groups.

Output Summary

  Actual 04/05 Estimate 06/07 Estimate 08/09
Advisory Services 23 18 21
Workshops/ Seminars (number of participants) 7 (166) 5 (150) 7 (200)
Total Activities 30 23 28
Total Budget (thousands of US Dollars) 1 539.6 1 606.1 1 710.7


In 2004-2005, the subprogramme continued to assist countries in implementing the commitments established under internationally agreed conference outcomes. Advisory Services were undertaken with funding from the regular programme of technical cooperation and extrabudgetary funding to seven countries to assist in the development of strategic planning and policymaking capacity for social development and social integration, as well as in the areas of youth development; implementation of the Madrid International Plan of Action on Ageing; support for the development and adoption of the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities; social assessment and use of participatory methodologies for planning and evaluation; and peacebuilding and the reduction of small arms. In addition, a total of seven policy workshops were held to engage participants in discussions of relevant issues and to develop strategies and their capacity to respond to identified priorities. A sample of the subjects discussed include HIV/AIDS and family well-being; youth and employment in post-conflict situations in the Arab region; youth and the global media culture; young people with disabilities; and forging partnerships for social protection. The responses of Governments and workshop participants have been universally positive, as reflected in letters of appreciation received from Governments and requests for additional or follow-up advisory services and in the responses of workshop participants to evaluation questionnaires.