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United Nations Regional Programme for Technical Cooperation

DESA - Sustainable development

Objective for 2008-2009

To enhance technical, human and institutional capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition to implement actions and national strategies for sustainable development in energy, water and natural resources.

Expected accomplishment

  • Enhancement of national capacity of developing countries and countries with economies in transition for the implementation of actions and national strategies for sustainable development in energy, water and natural resources
  • Strengthened technical skills and understanding of developing countries to implement actions and national strategies for sustainable development in energy, water and natural resources

Indicators of achievement

  • Percentage of countries assisted that have used information obtained from the Advisory Services and workshops in their work
  • Percentage of participants in workshops that acquired knowledge on how to implement various sustainable development activities

Activity

Providing advice to Member States upon their request, to strengthen their capacities for the implementation of Agenda 21, the Programme for the Further Implementation of Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation and internationally agreed development goals, including those contained in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, the Barbados Programme of Action for the Sustainable Development of Small Island Developing States, the Mauritius Strategy for Implementation, and the outcomes of major United Nations conferences relevant to the subprogramme.

Organizing workshops/seminars to enhance technical, human and institutional capacities of countries by sharing good practices and successful experiences and promoting capacity-building partnerships or sustainable development.

Output Summary

  Actual 04/05 Estimate 06/07 Estimate 08/09
Advisory Services 66 75 80
Workshops/ Seminars (number of participants) 15 (213) 14 (450) 15 (500)
Total Activities 81 89 95
Total Budget (thousands of US Dollars) 3 115.0 3 134.1 3 338.0

Impact

In 2004-2005, institutional and technical capacity was strengthened in water resources management, water sector monitoring, management of water information systems, development of water policy, legislative frameworks and institutions, energy financing, energy-efficiency policies, renewable energy development, energy sector legal and regulatory reforms, cleaner fossil fuels and hydropower. Awareness about the importance of achieving water and sanitation goals and access to energy services and their impact on sustainable development was raised at different levels. Capacitybuilding efforts through these workshops proved instrumental in scaling up good practices and innovative solutions in the implementation of the sustainable development agenda. In this regard, water utilities of different countries benefited from a range of partnerships, which enabled them to learn from each other’s experiences. Enhanced capacity allowed the countries to better integrate water- and energy-related initiatives into national sustainable development strategies. Monitoring the impact of sustainable development became more effective. Countries benefited from enhanced cooperation in sharing knowledge and best practices in the joint management of water and energy resources for supporting sustainable livelihood approaches.