What We Do: Regional Office for Asia and Pacific

The UN Office for South-South Cooperation intends to be nearer to the countries and institutions engaged in the shaping and implementation of South-South and triangular cooperation through its regional offices. The Asia-Pacific Region is diverse and expansive.  It plays a critical role in defining South-South cooperation, nurturing its development and scope within and outside the Region. The call of the UN Office for South-South Cooperation in Asia Pacific is to be flexible, dynamic and innovative in its work with other UN Agencies, governments, intergovernmental organisations, and non-state actors to respond to the needs of the region. Through this website, we will answer the question, “What does the Office do and what can we do together?” and conversely, provide opportunities for you to enter into dialogue with us towards a stronger partnership. We call on you to seize the opportunities to work together with our growing Office which has been strengthened by secondments of staff from member states.

Denis Nkala
Regional Coordinator
Regional Office for Asia-Pacific

What we do?

The UNOSSC Regional Office for Asia-Pacific supports South-South cooperation in this dynamic, fast-growing and diversified region. A microcosm of the global office, the Asia-Pacific Office facilitates knowledge exchanges, forging strategic partnerships through South-South and triangular cooperation, mapping Southern development solutions, and undertaking outreach, advocacy and strategic communication on issues of critical importance to the South that call for South-South dialogue and solutions. As many of the countries and their respective institutions work outside the Asia-Pacific, the Office similarly works on intra-regional and inter-regional initiatives.

Member States of the United Nations have urged the UN institutions including its Regional Commissions, Funds and Specialized Agencies to support the implementation of South-South Cooperation. The UN Office for South-South Cooperation in Asia-Pacific represents the Director who is also designated as the Envoy of the Secretary-General; in South-South advocacy, policy dialogue and liaison with other regional United Nations entities in designing South-South cooperation strategies.

The Office also supports implementation of Innovative programmes. Examples include the Korean Facility for Poverty Reduction through South-South and Triangular Cooperation in Science and Technology; the South-South Citizenry-based Development Sub-Academy and globally implemented programmes such as the UN-India Fund; the Alliance of Cities project with China and the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Fund.

The Regional Office has managed publication of documents for the Series, South-South in Action with Thailand and Bangladesh in 2016. Through the work with Bangladesh, a South-South Network for Public Service Innovation was created in 2017. The Regional Office has benefitted from Secondment of staff by the Government of Thailand through the Thailand International Cooperation Agency (TICA).

The Regional Office is a member of the Asia-Pacific Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) chaired by the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) which serves to strengthen policy and programme coherence of the United Nations at the regional level.

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