The regular programme of technical cooperation (RPTC) serves to support developing countries, least developed countries, countries with economies in transition and other countries in special situations in their capacity development efforts. Currently, those efforts are geared towards the implementation by Member States of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals, and other internationally agreed development goals and the outcomes of the United Nations conferences and summits.
The sharing of experiences across countries and regions, South-South cooperation, the use of national expertise from the beneficiary countries to the extent possible and the building of knowledge networks to facilitate continued exchange and assistance and promote sustainability are characteristics of the programme. Another defining feature of the programme is that it is demand driven, implemented in response to urgent needs of countries for technical assistance.
Established in 2017, as part of the RPTC, the Rapid Response Facility of ESCAP seeks to support member States in their efforts to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in an integrated manner and in light of the Regional Road map for implementing the 2030 Agenda in Asia and the Pacific.