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United Nations Regional Programme for Technical Cooperation

DESA - Population

Objective for 2010-2011

To enhance awareness of the international community of new and emerging population issues; increase knowledge and understanding, at the national level, particularly in the areas of fertility, mortality, migration, HIV/AIDS, urbanization, population growth, population ageing and the environment; and improve accessibility and timeliness of population information and data for use be Member States, the United Nations system, civil society and academia.

Expected accomplishments

  • Increased capacity of experts in generating, analyzing and using demographic information relevant to population-related strategies and policies aimed at meeting internationally agreed development goals;
  • Improved access to population information and enhanced global and regional networks for exchanging information and promoting best experiences in the field of population and development and relevant policies.

Indicators of achievement

  • Increased number of official statements expressing usefulness of the training/analytical tools, information and interactive capacities of the e-platform to increase capacities for demographic analysis and enhance awareness of population issues and policy options;
  • Increased number of Member States incorporating demographic information in strategies aimed at meeting population-related development goals and adopting population-related strategies.


The work programme builds upon the results of previous and current work, namely on the innovative web-based multilingual demographic encyclopedic dictionary “Demopaedia” (currently in its second implementation phase) and surveys among government units producing and using demographic data. A workshop on the relevance of Population Studies planned for 2009 will provide additional information about key areas of unmet needs and concrete requirements for the components of the 2010-2011 plan. The subprogramme will focus its capacity development delivery through (i) “E-capacity in applied demography” on the Population and Development web platform; (ii) information and communication component on the same web platform; (iii) supporting training workshops to enhance awareness of national experts of new and emerging population issues and promote the components of the e-platform; (iv) advisory services to promote integration of demography in strategic planning and policy development. A monitoring mechanism will be developed with the aim to validate and enhance the components of the e-platform on the basis of feedback from end users.

To ensure effective delivery of its programme of work, the subprogramme will forge partnerships at different levels, and draw on the strengths, capacities and synergies with other subprogrammes in economic and social development, Regional Commissions, UNDP, UNFPA, the World Bank, academic institutions with experience in e-learning and national research institutions. The subprogramme will continue to strengthen its own internal capacities by bringing in short term advisory services and external experts/consultants in emerging areas. It will also employ the professional networks to which the subprogramme is a member and seek advice and share experiences with leading institutions in the field of distance learning.

Output Summary

  Actual 06/07 Estimate 08/09 Estimate 10/11
Advisory Services 4 5 3
Workshops/ Seminars (number of participants) 1(34) 1(20) 1(25)
Fellowships 0 0 0
Field Activities 0 0 0
Total Activities 5 6 4
Total Budget (thousands of US dollars)





In the 2006-2007 biennium, the subprogramme significantly contributed to the development of a web-based multilingual demographic encyclopaedic dictionary, which was the first step to utilize modern communication tools and collaborative technologies for building critical knowledge in demography (Demopaedia). A survey conducted in 2008 among government officials engaged in demographic analysis established an urgent need for technical cooperation in this area, as most governments in developing countries lack the necessary capacities. The subprogramme anticipates that the on-going inquiry among users of demographic information in government agencies will demonstrate an even more acute need in capacity development. The subprogramme anticipates that projects focused on e-learning and e-exchange of skills and information will significantly increase the capacities of both producers and users of demographic information. In this regard, in the 2010-11 biennium, the subprogramme expects that the number of new systematic users of online training and analytical tools to reach 30; an increase to 5 is also anticipated in the number of Member States that are willing and able to incorporate population-related issues in their development; and an increase to 3 in the number of Member States that will adopt population-related policies.