Status of initiative: N/a
Description/achievement of initiative

Major objective and activities of the UNCRD is to promote sustainable regional development and planning in developing countries. With partners/collaborators, UNCRD will support developing countries in achieving sustainable regional development:
-Sustainable regional development plans will be formulated in many developing countries;
Policies, plans, and strategies to promote sustainable regional development will be formulated and implemented;
-Forum of exchanging information will be developed;
-Awareness will be increased about main issues to be addressed for sustainable regional development, and cooperation attained among key stakeholders;
-Sustainable development will be achieved in many regions of developing countries;
-Local communities' resilience and empowerment promoted.

Implementation methodologies

UNCRD and collaborating partners, international organizations, bilateral/multi-lateral donors, including development banks, provides substantive support for developing countries by:

Providing advisory support and promoting cooperation to develop and implement sustainable regional plans and territorial integration, strengthening intergovernmental relations;

Raising awareness among stakeholders and establishing regional networking;

Providing substantive capacity building and technical support to developing countries through results-based training courses, workshops, seminars on relevant subjects to achieve sustainable regional development;

Organizing policy forums and facilitating policy dialogues.

Assisting in assessing, planning, managing and monitoring regional development, designing public policy and formulating projects.

Promoting sustainable territories through the on-going activities of UNCRD in areas such as integrated regional development and human security, EST, 3Rs, waste management, Shanghai Manual (Better city, better life), community-based disaster management (CBDM).

Promoting South-South cooperation, and information exchange.

Preparing regional and metropolitan plans that identify the opportunities and challenges of sub-national levels and suggest policy prescription to achieve sustainable regional development.

Preparing relevant training material and textbooks to support capacity development programmes.

Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer

Coordination mechanisms/governance structure


United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)
Regions United (ORU-FOGAR)
The Latin American Organization of Intermediate Governments (OLAGI)
The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development (nrg4SD)
The UNESCO Chair on Human Security and Regional Development
The International Urban Development Association of (INTA)
The Bogotá-Cundinamarca Region, Colombia
The Prefecture of Azuay, Ecuador
Improved institutional capacity and commitment for sustainable regional development policy making, planning, management and monitoring, through sound capacity development activities
Improved integrated regional territorial plans prepared and projects of sustainable development formulated
Improved regional and territorial policy and strategy in the countries
Efficient knowledge Platforms in operation and effective South-South cooperation attained
Sustainable Development Goals and targets
Resources devoted to implementation
In-kind contribution
A Knowledge Platform and partnership arrangements on integrated regional development management and governance of territorial alliances for capacity building in LAC, in close cooperation between UNCRD, with ORU-FOGAR, OLAGI, nrg4SD, the UNESCO Chair in Hu
In-kind contribution
Advisory services will be provided to interested regions to enhance capacity for sustainable regional development planning and human security, design and implement, assess, plan, manage and monitor regional development, design public policy and formulate
In-kind contribution
UNCRD will pursue integrated regional territorial planning for sustainable development and human security by organizing policy forums at the national and international levels, conducting international and in-country training in LAC, Africa and other count
Progress reports
Cut off date each year: 2 May
This initiative does not yet fulfil the SMART criteria.
Action Network
Location: Asia-Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa. Core partners are located in all regions.
Date of completion: 2017
Operating in countries
Partner connections
Contact information/focal point(s)
Chikako Takase (MS),

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