Regional Collaborative Platform
The Regional Collaborative Platform (RCP) for Latin America and the Caribbean unites all United Nations entities working on development in the region. The overall objective is to provide a light and agile United Nations development system that is demand-driven and results-oriented to ensure coordination, collaboration and the best use of United Nations expertise and assets at the regional level to support Member States. The RCP for Latin America and the Caribbean brings together leadership, accountability and clarity to United Nations development system goals, activities, and results in the region. It amplifies the support of Resident Coordinators and United Nations country teams at the national level in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The work of the RCP for Latin America and the Caribbean is supported by region-specific time-bound, demand-driven, and results-oriented Issue-Based Coalitions (IBCs) to respond to Member States’ needs and priorities: i) Climate Change and Resilience; ii) Crime and Violence; iii) Equitable Growth; iv) Governance and Institutions; and v) Human Mobility. A sixth IBC on Financing for Development is in the process of being established. The RCP for Latin America and the Caribbean also counts with two Thematic Working Groups to address the issues of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women and Girls, and Youth as cross-cutting priorities in the regional policy work.
The RCP for Latin America and the Caribbean is also supported by various Operational Groups, namely the Knowledge Management Hub Steering Committee of the Regional Knowledge Management Platform – SDG Gateway , the SDG Data and Statistics Group, the Peer Support Group, the Partnerships and Communication Group, and the Regional Operations Management Team in order to deliver common regional public goods and services to support the countries of the region.
The RCP for Latin America and the Caribbean is chaired by the Deputy Secretary-General, Ms. Amina Mohammed, and co-chaired by the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), Ms. Alicia Bárcena, and the Regional Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) for Latin America and the Caribbean, Mr. Luis Felipe López-Calva. The RCP for Latin America and the Caribbean is serviced by a joint secretariat that is provided by the regional office of the Development Coordination Office, ECLAC and UNDP, under the overall direction of the RCP Chair and the two Vice-Chairs of the platform.
Amina J. Mohammed
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.
Ms. Alicia Bárcena
Ms. Alicia Bárcena took office as the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC) on 1 July 2008.
She had previously served as the Under-Secretary-General for Management at United Nations Headquarters in New York (in 2007 - 2008), during the mandate of the former Secretary-General, Mr. Ban-ki Moon, and as Chef de Cabinet and Deputy Chef de Cabinet (in 2006 - 2007) to the former Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan. Ms. Bárcena previously held the post of Deputy Executive Secretary and Director of ECLAC's Environment and Human Settlements Division of ECLAC (between 2003 and 2006).
Prior to her time at ECLAC, Ms. Bárcena served as Coordinator of the Latin American and Caribbean Sustainable Development Programme of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), responsible for the Environmental Citizenship Project at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). She was the Founding Director of the Earth Council in Costa Rica, a non-governmental organization in charge of follow-up to the agreements reached at the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1992.
Ms. Bárcena has published numerous articles on sustainable development, public policy, environmental issues, and public participation. Alicia Bárcena holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM, by its acronym in Spanish), as well as a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. She has completed the courses for a Master’s degree in Ecology and has initiated studies for a PhD degree in Economics at the UNAM.
She has been awarded an honoris causa doctorate by the University of Oslo, Norway, in September 2014, and honoris causa doctorates in economics by the University of Havana, Cuba, in March 2016, and by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), in September 2019. In July 2014, she was appointed by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) as special professor to collaborate at the Economics School and other entities.
Luis Felipe López Calva
Luis Felipe López Calva, ASG, is the UNDP Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean since September 2018. He has nearly 30 years of professional experience, advising several Mexican governments, in addition to UNDP and most recently the World Bank where he most recently served as Practice Manager of the Poverty and Equity Global Practice (Europe and Central Asia). He was the co-director and lead author of the World Development Report 2017 on “Governance and the Law”. He was previously Lead Economist and Regional Poverty Advisor in the Bank’s Europe and Central Asia Region, and Lead Economist at the Poverty, Equity and Gender Unit in the Latin America and Caribbean PREM Directorate, also at the World Bank. From 2007-2010, he served as Chief Economist for Latin America and the Caribbean at UNDP-RBLAC in New York. Mr. López-Calva has been Associate Editor of the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities and he is Fellow of the Human Development and Capabilities Association. He has also been Chair of the Network on Inequality and Poverty in the Latin America and Caribbean Economic Association.
His research interests focus on labour markets, poverty and inequality, institutions and microeconomics of development, having presented his research at top institutions including: Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California, Berkeley, University of California, San Diego; and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Centre. He holds a master’s degree in economics from Boston University, as well as a master’s and a doctorate in economics from Cornell University.
Born in Mexico, he is married and has three children.