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Evaluation of the Regional Office for Arab States (3/2016)

The report provides insightful information about the rapid growth of ROAS and the value it has provided in extending the technical cooperation of UN-Habitat amongst the Arab States in its relatively short time of existence. It notes the effectiveness in establishing a high- level constituency of regional partners as an indispensable cornerstone for fulfilling its mandate; the accomplishment of finalising concurrently the ROAS Regional Strategy and League of Arab States Housing and Urbanisation Strategy technically supported by ROAS, with the alignment of both to the Sustainable Development Agenda 2030 and New Urban Agenda; ROAS’ positive collaboration with Headquarters; the challenges of transitioning to the UMOJA administrative set-up, and the challenges of operating under civil strife affecting a significant number of countries within the ROAS mandate.