UNCTAD technical cooperation in support of SDGs

UNCTAD gears its technical cooperation towards contributing to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda. UNCTAD’s technical cooperation projects are delivered at an interregional, regional and country level (see figure 1).

Figure 1 – Distribution of project expenditures by region, 2020

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has been developed to better align technical cooperation with the SDGs. See table 1 for a mapping of UNCTAD technical cooperation to SDGs by theme and product.

Table 1. UNCTAD technical cooperation, by theme and product, 2020
ClusterThemeProductSDGs
ATransforming economies, fostering sustainable development
VIIA1Investment policy reviews1, 8, 10, 17
IA2Services policy reviews8, 9, 17
IA3Trade Policy Framework Reviews17
XVA4Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Reviews9
XIIIA5E-commerce and the Digital Economy8, 9, 17
VIIIA6Investment Guides9, 17
IIA7Non-tariff Measures3, 8, 17
IA9Trade Negotiations and the International Trading System10, 17
IIIA10Sustainable Trade and the Environment12, 13, 14, 15
VIIIA11Investment Promotion and Facilitation9, 17
AllA99Others
BTackling vulnerabilities, building resilience
XVIB1Support to Graduation from Least Developed Country Status8
XIB2DMFAS - Debt Management and Financial Analysis System17
XVIIB4UNCTAD Contribution to the Enhanced Integrated Framework9, 17
XVIIB5Market Access, Rules of Origin and Geographical Indications for the Least Developed Countries8, 10, 17
VB6Breaking the Chains of Commodity Dependence8, 9
XIIB9Sustainable and Resilient Transport and Logistic Services8, 9, 13, 14
XB93Assistance to the Palestinian People17
AllB99Others
CFostering economic efficiency, improving governance
IVC1Voluntary Peer Reviews of Competition and Consumer Protection Laws and Policies8, 10
IVC10Competition and Consumer Protection Policies and Frameworks8, 9, 10, 12, 17
VIIIC2Business Facilitation8, 16
XIIC3Trade Facilitation10, 16
XIIC4ASYCUDA – Automated System for Customs Data9, 15, 17
XC5Statistics17
IXC7Enabling Accounting and Reporting on the Private Sector's Contribution to the SDG Implementation12, 17
VIC8Investment and Public Health3, 9
VIIC9International Investment Agreements17
IXC96Corporate Social Responsibility - the Sustainable Stock Exchanges Initiative12
AllC99Other
DEmpowering people, investing in their future
IID1Trade, Gender and Development 5, 8
IXD3Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development4, 8
XIVD6Train For Trade8, 9, 14, 17
XD94The Virtual Institute17
XIVD95Course on Key issues on the International Economic Agenda - paragraph 16617
AllD99Others
AllEOthers

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The UNCTAD toolbox currently features 28 technical cooperation projects, categorized into four overarching themes. In 2020, 204 projects, spread across 74 countries, and accounting for US$35 million were undertaken (see table 2).

Table 2. Technical cooperation expenditure by theme, product and SDG, 2020
ThemeProductMultiple134578910121314151617Total
US$ thousands
ATransforming economies, fostering sustainable development14-630959681 124605612261772698501601 0064 933
BTackling vulnerabilities, building resilience-173---275158109101107101101424 6735 686
CFostering economic efficiency, improving governance--15116197541 3755 981674144885 5601 4146 12521 670
DEmpowering people, investing in their future337-1616519241713946119579161711 289
EOthers1 460--------------1 460
1 47754244414223143 1946 8838894823004356 5201 63311 97435 039
Percentage
ATransforming economies, fostering sustainable development0.00.00.00.90.20.23.21.70.20.60.50.82.40.52.914.1
BTackling vulnerabilities, building resilience0.00.00.00.00.00.00.80.50.30.30.30.30.30.113.316.2
CFostering economic efficiency, improving governance0.00.00.00.30.60.23.917.11.90.40.00.015.94.017.561.8
DEmpowering people, investing in their future0.00.10.00.00.50.51.20.40.10.00.00.20.00.00.53.7
EOthers4.20.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.04.2
4.20.20.11.31.20.99.119.62.51.40.91.218.64.734.2100.0

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Note: “Multiple” means that some technical cooperation cannot be mapped to a single SDG.

UNCTAD technical cooperation expenditure has been mapped to the SDGs, allowing readers to understand how each theme contributes to each SDG. Activities are also cross-classified by region to see where technical cooperation expenditure by SDG has occurred (see tables 2 and 3).

Table 3. Technical cooperation expenditure by region and SDG, 2020
RegionMultiple134578910121314151617Total
US$ thousands
Africa-17322239128352 7793072141641642 5334503 20410 944
Asia & Pacific--66360692131 6431161610101 620842 0505 961
Latin America & Caribbean------3408873915-928803581 1073 719
Europe-----9-231----231-231702
North America----------------
Interregional1 47737151563242251 8021 3434262371251681 2557415 38213 713
Total1 92454244414223143 1916 8838894823004356 5201 63311 97435 039
Percentage
Africa-0.00.00.60.10.02.47.90.90.60.50.57.21.39.131.2
Asia & Pacific--0.00.20.20.20.64.70.30.00.00.04.60.25.917.0
Latin America & Caribbean------1.02.50.10.0-0.32.51.03.210.6
Europe-----0.0-0.7----0.7-0.72.0
North America----------------
Interregional4.20.10.00.40.90.65.13.81.20.70.40.53.62.115.439.1
Total4.20.20.11.31.20.99.119.62.51.40.91.218.64.734.2100.0

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Note: “Multiple” means that some technical cooperation cannot be mapped to a single SDG.

Table 4. Technical cooperation expenditure by theme, product and region, 2020
ThemeProductSDGsAfricaAsia & PacificLatin America
& Caribbean
EuropeNorth AmericaInter RegionalTotal
US$ thousands
ATransforming economies, fostering sustainable development1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 171 121268159003 3854 9335
BTackling vulnerabilities, building resilience8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 171 119303113004 1515 686
CFostering economic efficiency, improving governance3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 178 6305 1993 40069703 74321 670
DEmpowering people, investing in their future4, 5, 8, 9, 14, 177419146409731 289
EOthers000001 4601 460
Total10 94475 9613 719702013 71335 039
Percentage
ATransforming economies, fostering sustainable development1, 3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 15, 173.20.80.50.00.09.714.1
BTackling vulnerabilities, building resilience8, 9, 10, 13, 14, 173.20.90.30.00.011.816.2
CFostering economic efficiency, improving governance3, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 1724.614.89.72.00.010.761.8
DEmpowering people, investing in their future4, 5, 8, 9, 14, 170.20.50.10.00.02.83.7
EOthers0.00.00.00.00.04.24.2
Total31.217.010.62.00.039.1100.0
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Figure 2. Percentage distribution of project expenditures by SDG
(In percentage of total expenditure)

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