Mr. Juwang Zhu Director, Division of Sustainable Development Goals/UN DESA
The United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD) of Division of Sustainable Development Goals / UN DESA was established as a response to Resolution 1582L of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations, adopted in 1971, to promote regional development, which was considered to offer a useful tool for ensuring broad-based development.
Since its establishment, UNCRD has continually reviewed and formulated its activities so as to remain of direct relevance to the needs of the developing countries and be able to deal properly with the complicated regional development issues in these countries as well as in transitional economic areas. Considering the unprecedented level of urbanization and its associated economic, social, and environmental challenges faced by the countries, and in response to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the SDGs adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 25 September 2015, UNCRD's activities are further divided into three major components - (a) Integrated Regional Development Planning (IRDP); (b) Sustainable Urban Management (EST, 3Rs, and IPLA); and (c) Knowledge Management. While the international framework and focus of the development has evolved, reflecting the changes in the global situation, UNCRD believes sustainable development through integrated regional development planning can continue to be considered as a valid development approach and contribute to the achievement of SDGs. UNCRD's activities in areas of EST, 3R and International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) - a SDG partnership, are aligned with, in particular, the SDG 11: "Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable". Besides SDG 11, UNCRD's activities are of direct or indirect relevance to a number of SDGs such as SDG 1, SDG 2, SDG 3, SDG 4, SDG 7, SDG 9, SDG 12, SDG 13, and SDG 17.