Welcome to the world of UNDP Turkey

01 Jan 2006

Issue 1

It is a great pleasure to share the excitement of this first issue of our Newsletter "New Horizons" with you. From 1 January 2006, as UNDP Turkey Office, we will try to reach you every month, through "New Horizons."

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. And UNDP is well-known to be always in search of and globally open to new horizons for especially the poor. That is exactly why we named our newsletter as: "New Horizons".

We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with our partners on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women.

In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.

The UNDP has been active in Turkey since the 1950s, working in partnership with successive governments and other stakeholders. Since 1986 it has implemented over 80 programmes across the country. In recent years, the UNDP's strategic directions in Turkey have focused around four main human development themes: democratic governance, poverty, environment and gender. While focusing on these areas, we paid particular attention to cooperate with the government, civil society, private sector and international partners to be able to reach our goals. In addition, the UNDP has played a major role in response to crises and disasters in Turkey and the surrounding region.

I have been working as the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Turkey since April 2003. It has been a pleasure for me to work and to contribute to development in a country as dynamic and energetic as Turkey, which is an indispensable member of the modern world.

In our newsletter "New Horizons", we will inform our readers about the UNDP's key development areas and specific ongoing programmes and projects both in Turkey and on the global scale. We will provide our readers with regular and objective information on the activities of UNDP. You will also find interviews with our project colleagues and partners, along with commentaries on focus areas.

I am delighted in presenting you UNDP Turkey's newsletter, "New Horizons". I hope you will enjoy reading it as much as we take pleasure in preparing it.

Jakob Simonsen
UN Resident Coordinator
UNDP Representative in Turkey