Our Work in the Arab States, Europe and the CIS


The UNOSSC Division for Arab States, Europe and the CIS, based in Istanbul, Turkey, supports building up the South-South and triangular cooperation facilities in the Arab States as well as in Europe and the CIS. This work is implemented in line with the UNOSSC Strategic Frameworks, the policy decisions of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Committee on South-South Cooperation, the Nairobi outcome document of the High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation and the BAPA+40 outcome document of the Second High-level United Nations Conference on South-South Cooperation adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

The Divsion Aims at the Following Outcomes:

Regional-level Outcomes

Outcome 1 (Member States/National Partners): Enhanced understanding of South-South, East-East and triangular cooperation and strengthened contribution of South-South and triangular cooperation to the formulation and/or strengthening of regional, sub-regional and intra-regional policies, strategies and partnerships.

Outcome 2 (UN System): Enhanced integration of South-South, East-East and triangular cooperation into UN system entities’ policies, programming and partnership efforts at the regional, sub-regional and intra-regional level.

Country-level Outcomes

Outcome 1 (Government-led): Strengthened institutional, human and technical capacities for South-South, East-East and triangular cooperation for implementing Agenda 2030 and increase effectiveness, during the last decade of action.

Outcome 2: Enhanced support to public health leadership and science as well as economic recovery, in the context of COVID-19 response and post-COVID 19 recovery, in the most affected countries in the regions, including through cross-regional cooperation.

Cross-cutting: Knowledge Management, Advocacy and Communications

Offer of Service:

At the Regional Level

Support regional integration and neighbourhood initiatives. Continued mapping of regional development solutions that can be replicated and scaled up by other regions and countries.

Leverage existing regional and subregional forums and convene policy and partnerships dialogues to enhance policy coordination, coherence, sharing of experiences and good practices among Member States, national partners, UN entities, international financial institutions, and other stakeholders.

Support UN entities’ relevant cross-border and inter-regional initiatives, as well as the integration of SS/EE/TrC into regional processes such as Regional Collaborative Platforms (RCPs) and Issue-Based Coalitions (IBCs).

Support the rollout of the UN system-wide strategy on SSTC for sustainable development.

At the Country Level

Advocacy, policy advice, technical assistance, and capacity development support for national ecosystem for SS/EE/TrC, including strengthening institutional arrangements.

Support national stocktaking exercises to facilitate the identification of SS/EE/TrC opportunities for partnerships, resources and expertise, provision of tools and guidance.

Engage with and support the UN Resident Coordinator Offices and UN Country Teams to integrate SS/EE/TrC into UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (UNSDCFs), Country Programmes, as well as support the development and implementation of joint programmes, capacity development strategies, peer-learning, and knowledge sharing.

Promote the use of the most successful SS/EE/TrC programmes supported by UNCTs for possible scaling upcountry and beyond.

Support the rollout of the UN system-wide strategy on SSTC for sustainable development.