Europe and Central Asia Region

RCP: Europe and Central Asia

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Regional Collaborative Platform

At the regional level, the Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP) unites UN entities working on sustainable development for the 2030 Agenda, addressing key challenges that transcend country borders such as health and environment.

The RCP is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General and co-chaired by two Vice-Chairs, the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Regional Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

For more information on UN cooperation in Europe and Central Asia, visit their website.

Chair

Amina Mohamed portrait

Amina J. Mohammed

Deputy Secretary-General

Ms. Amina J. Mohammed was Minister of Environment of the Federal Republic of Nigeria from November 2015 to December 2016, where she steered the country’s efforts on climate action, protecting the natural environment and conserving resources for sustainable development. 

Prior to this, she served as Special Adviser to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Post-2015 Development Planning, where she was instrumental in bringing about the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including the Sustainable Development Goals. 

Before joining the UN, Ms. Mohammed worked for three successive administrations in Nigeria, serving as Special Advisor on the Millennium Development Goals, providing advice on issues including poverty, public sector reform and sustainable development, and coordinating programmes worth $1 billion annually for MDG-related interventions. 

She is also an Adjunct Professor in Development Practice at Columbia University, and served on numerous international advisory boards and panels, including the UN Secretary-General's High-level Panel on Post-2015 Development Agenda, the Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development, the Global Development Program of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the African Women’s Millennium Initiative, Girl Effect, 2016 African Union Reform and the ActionAid International Right to Education Project.

Ms. Mohammed began her 35-year career in the private sector with architects and engineers responsible for the project management of health, education and public sector buildings.

Vice-Chair

A woman in a yellow dress smiling in front of the United Nations Flag.

Olga Algayerova

Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Europe

On 13 April 2017, the Secretary-General appointed Ms Olga Algayerova of Slovakia as the next Executive Secretary of the UNECE. She took office on 1 June 2017.

Ms. Algayerova brings to the position a combination of leadership and diplomatic skills with deep knowledge of the region with its challenges and opportunities and a strong focus on building and nurturing partnerships among key stakeholders with the United Nations.

Prior to her appointment, she served as Permanent Representative of Slovakia to the International Organizations in Vienna, Austria (since 2012). She was previously President, Slovak Millennium Development Goals (2010-2012); State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2006-2010) and Corporate Export Manager, Zentiva International, a.s. (2004-2006).

Born in 1959, Ms. Algayerova holds a Master in Contemporary Diplomacy from Malta University, a Master in Business Administration from The Open University Business School, United Kingdom and a Dipl. in Engineer of Economy from the University of Economics Business Faculty, Bratislava.

On 12 July 2017, Ms. Olga Algayerova was sworn-in by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. António Guterres.

Vice-Chair

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Ivana Zivkovic

Director, Regional Bureau for Europe and the CIS, United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced on 9 September 2022 the appointment of Ivana Živković of Croatia as Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Director, Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).  Ms Živković succeeds Mirjana Spoljaric Egger of Switzerland who has been elected as the new President of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for her commitment and dedicated service to the United Nations.  

Ms. Živković is a senior Croatian diplomat, currently serving as the Director-General for Economic Affairs and Development Cooperation in the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs of Croatia.  She has held a number of positions in the Foreign Affairs Ministry of Croatia and had a leading role in setting up the framework for international development cooperation in Croatia. 

She holds a master’s degree in International Economics from the Faculty of Economics, University of Zagreb and a Bachelor of Economics from the University of Zagreb. 

UN Country Teams for RCP: Europe and Central Asia
UN Entities in this Region
FAO
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
IAEA
International Atomic Energy Agency
IFAD
International Fund for Agricultural Development
ILO
International Labour Organization
IMF
International Monetary Fund
IOM
International Organization for Migration
ITC
International Trade Centre
ITU
International Telecommunication Union
OCHA
United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
OHCHR
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
UNECE
United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
UNEP
United Nations Environment Programme
UN ESCAP
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
UNAIDS
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
UNCTAD
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
UNDP
United Nations Development Programme
UNESCO
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNFPA
United Nations Population Fund
UN-Habitat
United Nations Human Settlements Programme
UNHCR
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UNIC
United Nations Information Centre
UNICEF
United Nations Children’s Fund
UNIDO
United Nations Industrial Development Organization
UNODC
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
UNOPS
United Nations Office for Project Services
UNV
United Nations Volunteers
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
UNWTO
United Nations World Tourism Organization
WFP
World Food Programme
WHO
World Health Organization
World Bank
World Bank