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UNDP today: Partnering for Sustainable Development

UNDP today: Partnering for Sustainable Development

Mar 12, 2019

UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. On the ground in nearly 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

In Azerbaijan, UNDP has been working as a trusted partner of the Government and the people for more than 26 years. As part of the UN Country Team, UNDP aims to advance inclusive, sustainable and human-centred development for all people in Azerbaijan.

There is a long-standing and solid partnership between UNDP and the European Union (EU) in Azerbaijan and throughout the CIS and Europe region. This is reflected in a joint engagement on reform and development efforts and translates into concluding on an annual basis on average of 20-25 new projects in this region for a financial volume of about EUR 90 million. Among major funding partners, the Government of Azerbaijan has invested a generous amount of more than 90 million US Dollars in UNDP programme areas to support human development.

One of the strategically important areas of work where UNDP relies on donor contributions, is climate change action and disaster risk response. In this regard, the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP’s Environmental thematic trust fund (TTF) are paramount for catalysing environmental finance for sustainable development. Up to date, this portfolio of work has received over 32.8 million US Dollars in assistance.

Over the course of more than 26 years of operations
in the country, UNDP Azerbaijan Country Office has received funding support from a wide array of other donors as well, including but not limited to USAID, the Government of Switzerland and Coca-Cola Foundation. Collectively, they have invested around 8.5 million US Dollars in various joint interventions together with UNDP aimed at improving socioeconomic indicators of growth in rural Azerbaijan, with particular focus on women, youth and other vulnerable social groups.

In 2019, the common approach adopted by UNDP and other UN agencies operating in Azerbaijan to frame their support for the SDG implementation is through the MAPS approach: mainstreaming, acceleration and policy support. Today, UNDP operations in Azerbaijan are largely guided by the UNDP Country Programme Document for 2016-2020 and based on the United Nations Azerbaijan Partnership Framework(UNAPF).

The UNDP Country Office programme in Azerbaijan is built around the following three pillars:

1. Sustainable and Inclusive Growth and Decent Work

2. Enhanced Institutional Capacity for Good Governance

3. Energy, Environment, Climate Change and Resilience


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