Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and
Executive Secretary, United Nations Economic and Social
Commission for Asia and the Pacific
The role of the Regional Coordination Mechanism (RCM) is to strengthen policy and programme coherence of the United Nations (UN) at the regional level. Chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and convened by the Regional Commissions, the RCM fosters and enhances interagency collaboration, as mandated by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC resolution 1998/46).
In the Asia-Pacific region, the Executive Secretary of ESCAP convenes the RCM which brings together UN agencies, the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and other key non-United Nations partners, to identify priorities and ensure the alignment of strategies at the global, regional and country levels.
In response to the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (the 2030 Agenda) and the priorities of Member States, the Asia-Pacific RCM has re-oriented its thematic working groups to support the achievement of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The RCM is also supporting subregional organizations, including ASEAN, SAARC and PIF, to ensure complementarities between respective visions and the 2030 Agenda.
UN Member States have mandated regional cooperation and action. ESCAP and the RCM are committed to supporting and implementing this mandate to achieve the SDGs.