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Turkey and UNDP reaffirm drive to fulfill Global Goals in Europe, Central Asia

Apr 24, 2017

Kosovo* now has 43 proud new entrepreneurs who themselves hire more people to grow their start-ups. Photo: Arben Llapashtica

 

UNDP and the Government of Turkey have agreed to scale up their cooperation at the country-level in Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the Least Developed Countries.

In 2015, the partners kicked off a series of programmes to support livelihoods, skills training and community resilience in Kosovo*, Uzbekistan, Georgia and Comoros. A new and more ambitious country-level development initiatives scheme will be initiated in 2017, reflecting Turkey’s focus areas as a provider of Official Development Assistance.

Turkey is one of the key supporters of UNDP’s regional programme in Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), thanks to a USD 15 million contribution that has helped to boost sustainable growth, governance and resilience across the region.

At the global level, UNDP worked with the Government of Turkey in a series of global summits and dialogues, including the World Humanitarian Summit (23-24 May 2016) and the LDC IV conference (27-29 May 2016).

In addition, in 2016 UNDP joined forces with the Galatasaray Sports Club to raise awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and use the convening power of football to inspire people to take action and end poverty in Turkey and abroad.

Turkey is one of the top non-Development Assistance Committee (DAC) contributors to UNDP’s core resources, enabling the UN agency to respond to development challenges globally and make sure that the most disadvantaged communities receive the critical support they need. With a contribution of USD 3 million, Turkey ranked number 20 among UNDP core contributors in 2016. 

* References to Kosovo shall be understood to be in the context of Security Council resolution 1244 (1999).