The Government of Turkey and UNDP advance with joint action on poverty and inequalities globally

Mar 1, 2014

Senior officials of the Government of Turkey and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) met at the beginning of February to advance their global strategic partnership that has been in place since 2011.

New Horizons - The officials met to jointly address some of the key development challenges facing the world today – including governance, human rights, equality, womens’ economic empowerment and sustainable development.

Through this global partnership, which was formally established in 2011 by Foreign Minister Davutoğlu and UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, the Government of Turkey and UNDP together have advanced in addressing some of the most pressing development challenges facing countries today and placing these in the forefront of the future development agenda.

The consultation confirmed that the Government of Turkey and UNDP share the mutual priority of improving the lives of people living in the least developed countries (LDCs).  It further identified concrete options for more tangible collaboration in 2014, drawing on the Government’s commitment to the LDCs and UNDP’s presence and experience in more than 166 countries across the globe. Going forward, Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TIKA) and UNDP have identified some areas to enhance cooperation in the LDCs.  This will include strengthening the role of private sector in the level of development in the LDCs, including in the areas of agribusiness and tourism, as well as potential initiatives to support women’s economic empowerment.

The consultations also reaffirmed a joint commitment of contributing to the global efforts to define and shape a new post-2015 development agenda.  The Government of Turkey and UNDP will jointly work to build on their collective efforts last year to place this agenda squarely in the development dialogue that is taking place in the countries of Europe and the CIS, through a regional consultation in Istanbul last November co-organised by the Government, UNDP and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). This consultation involved more than 350 representatives of governments, civil society, academia and private sector from 40 countries.  Through this dialogue, the people of this region have prioritised governance, human rights, social inclusion, rule of law and other critical goals which will be the basis of the Government of Turkey and UNDP’s joint work on this global agenda in 2014.

Importantly, the UNDP-Turkey partnership will enable UNDP and Turkey to jointly advance their efforts to promote south-south cooperation, sharing Turkey’s important development experience countries around the world, including in the area of disaster risk and response.  It will also support Turkey’s recently confirmed participation in the UN Secretary General’s global campaign of “Sustainable Energy for All” to address the inherent linkages between energy, poverty, inequality and exclusion through an International Conference on Sustainable Energy and Private Sector in Istanbul in May 2014.

The global strategic partnership recognises the increasing role and engagement of Turkey and other emerging economies in shaping and contributing to global development issues.  In this regard the Government of Turkey and UNDP will jointly organise a high level international conference on “International Development Cooperation: trends and emerging opportunities – perspectives of the new actors” in Istanbul on June 19-20 with high level participation of emerging and traditional donors from around the world.  

*This is a joint press release of Government of Turkey and UNDP