Since January 2020 DESA received over 100 requests from Member States for capacity building support. The requests came mostly from Asia and Africa with 44 and 45 requests received, respectively.
These are direct requests for DESA’s capacity development support from Member States (i.e., ministries, departments, Permanent Missions, etc.) as well as referrals from Un Resident Coordinators, country teams, regional commissions, and other UN agencies. Some requests are identified through processes such as the Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) or Common Country Assessments (CCA) or direct mandates through the intergovernmental bodies.
The requests received are predominantly for:
- Supporting Member States to build their national capacities to secure means of implementation by leveraging domestic and international financing partnerships for the SDGs as well as international support measures for the Least Developed countries. This includes, among others, assistance measures for the LDC graduation, sustainable management of municipal infrastructure management and international tax cooperation.
- Supporting Member States in integrating policy analysis through modeling tools, methodologies and approaches aimed to strengthen integrated policy analysis for the formulation of mutually reinforcing policies across sectors and government departments. This includes, among others, training workshops to forecast and run policy simulations to assess the socioeconomic impact of various policies, strengthening institutional effectiveness and national to local public governance for the achievement of the SDGs, and changing mindsets in public institutions to implement the SDGs.
- Supporting Member States to strengthen national institutions and public service delivery for the SDGs which comprises of transformational leadership and public servants’ capacities for the SDGs; institutional transparency and accountability; whole-of-government approaches and institutional arrangements for policy coherence, inclusive governance, and public participation; innovation in public service delivery; and e-government. This includes, among others, helping countries make their public administration more agile, effective, and efficient in responding to the current needs of the countries in terms of public service delivery, transformational leadership for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, and supporting countries in their preparation for their National Voluntary Review.
UN DESA also received multiple requests from the Offices of Resident Coordinators, mainly for supporting the Common Country Analysis (CCA) as well as contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF), and macroeconomic modeling for Socio-Economic Impact Assessment of COVID-19 pandemic.
The Department received numerous requests since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic to support countries, among others, to assess the impact of the pandemic on sustainable management on forests in Africa, support policy coherence in Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and particularly guide integrated decision-making to address short term needs with immediate benefits (e.g. socio-economic response plans), support in the preparation of CCA and the socio-economic impact assessment of COVID-19, and to enhance the capacities of Government officials in the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population, Disabled Persons Organizations (DPOs) and other stakeholders to formulate national programmes and projects to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD) and to mitigate the impact of COVID19.