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Since the closure of the UNDP Country Office in Moscow in 2010, Russia and UNDP entered a new stage of partnership, focused on cooperation at the regional and global levels, and Russia’s growing role as donor of development assistance.
What we have accomplished so far
The Government of the Russian Federation and UNDP signed a landmark Partnership Framework Agreement on 23 January 2015, which sets the stage for cooperation in the following areas:
- Supporting Russia’s multilateral engagement, especially in the work of the UN development system and the Post-2015 Development Agenda, as well as global energy-related initiatives in Eastern Europe and the CIS;
- Enabling cooperation with CIS countries on rural development, sustainable water resource management, and response to HIV/AIDS;
- Promoting Eurasian region integration as a means to promote trade, economic growth and sustainable human development;
- Helping low income and lower middle income countries to reduce poverty, and prepare for, respond to, and recover from disasters and emergencies;
- Enhancing effectiveness of Russia’s development assistance through leveraging the knowledge and experience of institutions and experts from the Russian Federation.
Between 2011 and 2013, we partnered with the Ministry of Economic Development on international expert seminars focused on Russia’s cooperation with BRICS countries. During the G20 Russian Presidency in 2013, UNDP engaged with the Ministry of Finance on the agenda of the Development Working Group and with the Sherpa’s office in support of the Outreach track with Civil Society – Civil 20.
Since November 2013, we have been building the capacity of the Federal Agency for Affairs of CIS, Compatriots Living Abroad and for International Humanitarian Cooperation (Rossotrudnichestvo) via targeted information briefings on the social and economic situation and development assistance mechanisms for such countries as Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Belarus, Armenia, Uzbekistan, and Serbia.
In 2014-2015, we organized a series of international seminars together with the Ministry of Economic Development and the Russian Foreign Trade Academy aimed at drawing up the economic agenda for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
On 11 June 2015 UNDP Administrator Helen Clark and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov signed an agreement formally establishing a joint Russia-UNDP Trust Fund for Development with initial funding of US$ 25 million over the next 4 years.
The Fund will focus on the CIS region, emphasizing assistance to low income and lower middle income countries in priority areas, such as sustainable development, poverty reduction, rural development, sustainable management of water resources, HIV/AIDS, disaster risk reduction and early preparedness to emergencies, post-disaster response and early recovery, sustainable energy and other fields.
Projects financed by the Russian Federation from the TFD
|Disaster Resilience for Pacific SIDS||US$ 7,5 million||2016-2019|
|Integrated Osh Area-based Development”, Kyrgyzstan||US$ 3,5 million||2016-2019|
|Integrated Rural Tourism Development, Armenia||US$ 3 million||2016-2019|
|Supporting Agriculture and Rural Development in Serbia||US$ 1,5 million||2016-2019|
|Promotion of employment and self-employment of the population in small and medium-sized towns in the Republic of Belarus||US$ 1 million||2016-2019|
|Strengthening preparedness and response capacity, Tajikistan||US$ 1,5 million||2016-2018|
|Knowledge Management and Capacity Building in Russia-UNDP Partnership, Phase I||US$ 500,000 UNDP
US$ 100,000 UNV
Programmes and projects financed by the Russian Federation beyond the TFD
|Comprehensive development of Naryn Oblast in Kyrgyzstan||US$3.5 million||2014-2016|
|Livelihood Improvement of Rural Population in Nine Districts of Tajikistan||US$6.7 million||2014-2017|
|Assisting the Government of the Republic of Belarus in accession to WTO (the fourth phase)||US$589,680||2014-2017|
|Socio-economic development of uranium tailing communities in Kyrgyzstan||US$ 1.476 million||2015-2016|
|Integrated support to rural development: building resilient communities in Tavush region, Armenia||US$5 million||2015-2020|
|Building national capacities for establishing animal’s identification and tracking in Kyrgyzstan||US$450,000||2016|
Other the Russian Government’s contribution to:
|UNDP part of Syria SHARP Appeal||$2 million||2013|
|UNDP part of the Philippines appeal||$1 million||2013|
|Post-hurricane recovery in Cuba||$1 million||2014|
|Vanuatu Debris Clearance Initiative||$0.5 million||2015|
|Emergency support to strengthen the resilience of the Syrian people and foster the recovery of disrupted livelihoods||$2 million||2015|
The Russian support to implement technical assistance initiatives:
|Technical Support to Improve Sanitary, Phytosanitary, and Veterinary Safety, Including the Work towards Kyrgyzstan’s Accession to the Customs Union||$175,000||2014-2015|
|Sanitary and Phyto-sanitary measures of the Republic of Tajikistan||$50,000||2015|
|Capacity building of professionals of the Kyrgyz Republic for organization of the system of cattle identification and tracing in Kyrgyzstan in the framework of participation in the Eurasian Economic Union||$449,850||2016|