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The Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UN DESA) is committed to support the reinvigorated role of the resident coordinator system and the new generations of the United Nations Country Teams to help expand the UN policy support to Member States for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

UN DESA supports a large number of multifaceted mandates – derived from numerous resolutions spanning decades of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and the General Assembly (GA) – that tackle interlinked sustainable development challenges in the economic, social and environmental fields and across the three pillars of the United Nations: peace and security, development and human rights.

The Department can leverage its global outlook and multidisciplinary expertise to advise the Secretary-General on thought leadership and emerging issues and analysis – from geospatial data, financing to global demographic and technological mega trends – and to provide substantive and strategic guidance to resident coordinators to assist them in performing their new responsibilities vis-à-vis the 2030 Agenda.

HOW do we deliver technical guidance and support

UN DESA key mandate is to support Member States translate globally agreed norms and policy frameworks into national outcomes. To do so, the Department has developed analytical modelling tools, toolkits, and practical methodologies that can facilitate the integration of global approaches into national strategies and plans. Such support is provided through technical advisory services, training, workshops, seminars or as part of longer-term, multi-country, projects, at the request of Member States and in collaboration with the UNCT and other non-UN partners.

UN DESA can provide technical knowledge, guidance and technical support on a broad range of areas:

·         Data and statistics;

·         Demographic trends and analysis;

·         Social inclusion of marginalized groups;

·         Macroeconomic analysis and forecast;

·         Integrated policy analysis;

·         Science and technology for the SDGs, including science-policy interface;

·         LDC graduation strategies and international support measures;

·         Financing for development, including resources mobilization;

·         Sustainable forest management and financing;

·         Sustainable development issues related to water, oceans, energy and transport;

·         Institutional development; civil society engagement and public service delivery.


As the UN Secretariat entity mandated to support the review of progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), including through the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs), UN DESA  provides guidance and supports the preparation of the VNR through the engagement of multiple stakeholders, including the UNCT in the VNR process.

WHAT is DESA offer to the RC/UNCT?

UNDESA can complement and strengthen the RC/UNCT capacities to deliver support in the following areas:

  1. Evidence-based policy (Statistics and Data Analytics)
  2. Policy Coherence (integrated policy support)
  3. Social inclusion (to leave no one behind (LNOB))
  4. Institutions and integrated and inclusive approaches
    a., Multi-stakeholder engagement
  5. MOI:
    a. SDG financing
    b. Partnerships for the SDGs


UN DESA can partner and support the RC/UNCT country-level efforts in a variety of ways, depending on RC/UNCT specific needs and UN DESA’s available resources and capacities. Modalities can range from: a) providing easy access to existing knowledge resources, research material, databases, and online training tools, including webinars on specific issues (upon request); b) access to and training on existing guidance, methodologies and toolkits; c) ad-hoc technical support either in-country or remotely (e.g. through the statistic hot link, the UNDESA global network of statisticians, and the UN network of economists TBC ); and d) access to longer-term capacity development in-country interventions at the request of governments via the RCs and upon availability of project funds and staff resources.