The United Nations Development Account (UNDA) provides a common platform for the technical cooperation work of 10 entities of the Executive Committee on Economic and Social Affairs (DESA, 5 UN Regional Commissions, UNCTAD, UNEP, Habitat and UNODC). It was established by the General Assembly in 1997 and is funded from the UN regular budget.
The objective of the Development Account is to fund capacity development projects in the priority areas of the United Nations Development Agenda that benefit developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The projects serve as a natural extension to the normative and policy activities of the implementing entities in their follow-up to the United Nations conferences and summits in economic and social affairs. The UNDA encourages close collaboration of entities of the United Nations Secretariat on innovative, cross-sectoral regional or interregional projects which draw mainly on the technical, human and other resources available in beneficiary countries.
The UNECE has been actively involved in the implementation of the UNDA projects since the year 2000. Through the UNDA projects the UNECE in collaboration with other UN agencies, programmes and funds promotes joint interventions aimed at addressing development problems, tackling transboundary issues and providing regional public goods. Implementation of the UNDA projects focused on capacity building in the areas of environment protection, trade facilitation, clean energy, development of interregional transport linkages, statistics etc., enables the UNECE to further strengthen linkages between its normative, analytical and operational activities and support efforts of countries to achieve the Internationally Agreed Development Goals in the UNECE region.