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UNDP Turkey and the UN

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. We are on the ground in 177 countries and territories, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

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 and the United Nations System

The United Nations presence in Turkey is coordinated through the Resident Coordinator system. This system brings together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their operations at the country level.

UN agencies officially represented in Turkey: FAO, ILO, IOM, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNIC, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, WFP and WHO. The Bretton Woods institutions - the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund - also have offices in Ankara and are part of the UNCT.

The work of the UNCT, and in particular the UN agencies that are required to harmonize their programming cycles in Turkey is reflected through the joint implementation strategy called the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The UNDAF is based on The Common Country Assessment (CCA) of the United Nations in Turkey and provides a planning and monitoring framework for the joint efforts of the UN Agencies, Funds and Programs in the country. It is based on two specific elements. On the one hand, the CCA analysis of the national legislative framework and a set of issues and measures relevant to ensuring the implementation of international instruments that Turkey has signed and ratified. On the other, the four cross-cutting issues identified in the CCA:

  • Governance and Participatory Development;
  • Reduction of Socio-Economic and Regional Disparities;
  • Gender Equality;
  • Increased Awareness of the UN Conventions and Increased
  • Mobilization of Human and Financial Resources for Their Implementation

These issues were selected because they are significant to Turkey’s efforts to meet its international commitments, they correspond to the country’s priority development challenges as identified in the Eighth Five-Year Country Development Plan.

UNDP’s role within the UN Country Team is that of coordination. UNDP provides coordination support to each of the UN agencies, and provides financial assistance to programmes and projects of sister agencies and other development partners.

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