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Task Force on Regional-Level Coordination

Since the creation of UN-Water in 2003, the coordination mechanism has successfully implemented many work programmes. These have, to a large extent, been focused at the global or national level. In 2009, Senior Program Managers of UN-Water expressed a desire to also improve the coordination of UN-Water agencies in Africa as well as in other regions. It was thus proposed to improve regional-level activities of UN-Water to facilitate inter-agency information exchange and incorporate more effectively the regional dimension into the global initiatives. The Task Force is expected to complete its proposed work programme over a three year time frame from 2011 to 2013.

Objectives

  • Identify strategic issues and priorities and facilitate responses by the UN system and its partners at global, regional and country levels;
  • Facilitate interagency information exchange at the global and regional levels;
  • Facilitate and support work being carried out at the regional and sub-regional levels;
  • Working through the Regional Commissions and relevant interagency mechanisms.

Activities

The Task Force’s activities include a comprehensive assessment of coordination mechanisms within the water sector that exist in the five regions of the world. This is done in collaboration with the UN Regional Commissions and involves UN-Water members and partners working on the regional level. In order to identify priority areas where improvement can be reached, the Task Force conducts in-depth surveys. One important part of this is to ensure synergy of such proposed mapping exercises by the Task Force with other mapping exercises of UN-Water.

Inter-regional consultations are also undertaken to exchange lessons on ways to improve the coordination. All of these activities enable strategies to be developed striving toward delivering coordinated regional responses to meet the water resources management, water supply and sanitation goals, including MDGs, at the regional level.

Coordinating Organizations and Contacts

Mr. Hongpeng Liu
Chief, Energy Security and Water Resources Section
Environment and Development Division

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP)
liu4(at)un.org

Ms. Carol Chouchani Cherfane
Chief, Water Resources Section, Sustainable Development and Productivity Division, Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA)
chouchanicherfane(at)un.org

Members

United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UNESCWA), United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), Economic Commission for Latin America (ECLAC) and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).

Last update:07 Oct 2014