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Working in partnership with other development actors, UN DESA delivers its capacity development support at the global, regional, and national levels, in a variety of ways depending on the type of capacity development support required, level of operation, and partnership opportunities.

At the global level, support is provided through knowledge platforms, networks and training workshops open to officials and stakeholders from any country.

At the regional level, support is provided through regional knowledge platforms, networks and workshops and intended for more than one country.

At the national level, support is provided to selected national governments, which might include non-government stakeholders and sub-national actors, tailored to the specific country contexts and needs. It generally involves targeted policy advisory services and/or training workshops to build specific technical expertise and capacities.  As a global entity with no country-level presence, UN DESA works in close collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinators and the UN Country Teams, in accordance with the General Assembly resolution on the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review and the UN Development Group’s common approaches. Read more: Capacity Development Delivery Model

UN DESA also operates three strategic project offices that pursue long-term capacity development objectives at all levels of operation.

The United Nations Project Office on Governance (UNPOG) was established in 2006 as a project office of UN DESA with the principal mission of strengthening the capacities of public administration in developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. Since its inception, UNPOG has conducted innovative research and capacity building activities and disseminated global and local best practices on participatory, transparent and effective governance.

The United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) was established in 2011 by the United Nations and the Government of Republic of Korea.
The purpose of UNOSD is to support governments in implementing international agreements on sustainable development, including Agenda 21, the Johannesburg Plan of Implementation, and the 2030 Agenda.

The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD), which was established in 1971 based on an agreement between the Government of Japan and the United Nations, strives to promote sustainable regional development in developing countries with a focus on development planning and management in the context of globalization and decentralization trends, and the growing concern towards global environmental issues and their impacts.

Our Resources

UN DESA’s capacity development assistance is funded primarily by regular budget resources – Regular Programme of Technical Cooperation, and the Development Account – and by special voluntary contributions provided by Member States, generally for targeted purposes.