UNDP ART, supporting local development
The ART* Initiative is a global UNDP programme that promotes sustainable human development at the local level. UNDP launched the ART Global Initiative in 2005, as part of its commitment to support countries in their efforts to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals and to achieve sustainable development. Since then, the initiative has demonstrated that regional, municipal and local authorities have an important role to play in promoting sustainable development. ART is also an important entry point for decentralized cooperation partners (such as regions, cities, universities) to UNDP and the development system.
UNDP ART in Brussels
In Brussels, UNDP ART has been present since September 2012 and from 2014, the International Coordination of UNDP ART fully operates from the UNDP Brussels Representantion Office. Brussels is a hub for European affairs, and in addition to the EU-institutions, many European regions and cities are present in Brussels. Already, several European regions are important partners for decentralized cooperation in developing countries.
Through the gateway that UNDP ART provides, its presence in Brussels has been able to engage more effectively with European actors involved in local development. The aim is that this will create closer links between European regions/cities and regions/cities in developing countries. The potential for deeper engagement is great, as in 2011 the Programme had the support of more than 1,600 decentralized cooperation partners (600 from the North and 1,000 from the South) and 40 regional networks and associations. Through an active presence in Brussels, UNDP ART aims to link European decentralized partners, with partners in the South.
ART’s presence in Brussels also facilitates UNDP’s partnership with the European Union in the area of local authorities and local development. These areas are articulated priorities for EU’s work on development.
For example, EU funds programmes supporting local authorities and local development in the context of prioritized national policies. These include programmes under UNDP’s ART-initiative such as the one in the Dominican Republic, which focuses on cross-border development together with Haiti.
For more information on UNDP-EU partnership on local development, see the section in Our Work.
* Articulation of Territorial Networks for Sustainable Human Development
UNDP ART - 2013 in Review
Relations between the local, national and global levels are becoming increasingly important. Local development challenges require consistent responses, coordinated through an inclusive dialogue.
Read the UNDP ART - 2013 in Review to discover UNDP ART’s contribution to international development processes and the activities implemented with regards to innovative partnerships, local governance and local development and local economic development, among others. The report describes the results of the UNDP ART Initiative in 2013, many of which are the culmination of long term processes, often set in motion in the countries throughout the last decade.
- We are pleased to announce the publication of “The Territorial Experience on Sustainable Human Development and Peacebuilding” of the Department of Nariño (Colombia). This document presents the experience of UNDP’s ART REDES Programme in the Department of Nariño, Colombia. It has been developed under the leadership of Nariño’s Department and the Municipality of San Juan de Pasto, and with the collaboration of the national government and of dozens of social, ethnic and community-based local organizations. In a peacebuilding context, this experience shows how local, intermediate and national authorities have articulated their actions, and how different social and economic actors have participated in the local development process. Furthermore, the experience of the Department of Nariño demonstrates the impact that different subjects and projects of international cooperation have when devise and implement their own action in response to the territories’ demand and in a coordinated manner. Click on the image below to read the publication! Yesterday AT 06:29 AM
- As part of the process towards the 3rd World Forum on Local Economic Development (LED), the UNDP ART Initiative is co-organizing a conference, titled "Advancing the dialogue on Local Economic Development", to be held on the 2nd of December at the the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the EU. The conference will aim to initiate the debate and prepare the thematic lines to be addressed during the 3rd World Forum on LED. In view of a wider participation of actors and in order to facilitate a reflection and share of experiences and practices from the territories from all the continents, the event will bring together all European and international stakeholders keen on promoting the dialogues on LED initiative through exchanging their respective knowledge, experiences and visions in the context of local economic development tools and strategies. Within the tradition of the Forum’s process, the event will also be an opportunity to foster concrete partnerships and enhanced coordination of LED related initiatives and agendas. We look forward to welcoming you! Tuesday AT 07:04 AM
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