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Results of the UNDP-EU partnership
More information about UNDP-EU partnership in different thematic areas can be found in the sections Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention & Recovery, and Environment & Energy. All of these sections also include concrete results that have been achieved with the support of the partnership.
Success stories of the UNDP-EU partnership from the field can also be found in Our Stories, and results and stories related to the wider partnership of the UN and the EU are documented in the annual UN-EU Partnership Reports. Another source is of course the UNDP Country Office websites.
Below, we list some important, joint multi-year initiatives. Since our partnership covers over 100 countries, and spans over 15 years, it is impossible to present all the results that have been achieved with the support of the UNDP-EU partnership.
Initiatives managed by UNDP Brussels
Joint Migration and Development Initiative: The Joint Migration and Development Initiative (JMDI) was founded in 2008 and is implemented by UNDP in partnership with IOM, ILO, UNFPA, UNHCR and UNWOMEN. The initiative, which is funded by the EU and the Swiss Development Agency, represents a strategic partnership between the organizations. The overall objective of the JMDI is to support civil society organizations and local authorities seeking to contribute to linking migration and development.
Joint Task Force on Electoral Assistance: To effectively support the election cycle in countries, the EU-UNDP partnership includes a Joint Task Force on Electoral Assistance (JTF). The JTF is formed by staff from the European Commission and UNDP and it is based in Brussels.
UNDP ART in Brussels: "ART" is a global UNDP initiative that promotes sustainable human development at the local level. In Brussels, UNDP ART has been present since September 2012. Brussels is a hub for European affairs, and in addition to the EU-institutions, many European regions and cities are present in Brussels. Through the gateway that UNDP ART provides, its presence in Brussels has been able to engage more effectively with European actors involved in local development.
UNDP-EU initiatives managed by UNDP Offices worldwide
In 1995, the Government of Ukraine and UNDP launched an integrated development programme in Crimea to improve living conditions and provide livelihood opportunities in areas where Crimean Tatars had settled.
Today, with an estimated population of 10 to 12 million, Roma are the biggest ethnic minority in Europe. Spread throughout the continent but highly concentrated in Central and Eastern Europe, they have been part of the European culture for centuries and are integral to its society and economy. Still, they face prejudices, discrimination and social exclusion while living at the margins of poverty. For the past 10 years, UNDP and the EU are highly engaged towards full Roma inclusion in European societies.
AGORA has become the leading portal for the parliamentary development community, connecting international organizations, parliamentary development experts and professionals, but also Members of Parliament (MPs), parliamentary staff, Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) and civil society organizations active in the field of parliamentary development.
UNDP & World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) initiated in December 2011 a EUR 10.5-million project co-funded by the EU to improve governance and adopt best practices for sustainable use of marine and coastal resources in order to guarantee food security in the West African Eco-Marine region. This is one of the richest fishing areas in the world.
The Instrument for Stability (IfS) is a rapid and flexible mechanism at the disposal of the EU to prevent conflict, support post-conflict political stabilization and to ensure early recovery after a natural disaster. The IfS has enabled the EU to work across the conflict cycle with timely interventions that complement other EU development and cooperation instruments. The IfS can intervene in all domains except in purely humanitarian or military action.
Bangladesh has a long history of natural disasters. Between 1980 and 2008, it experienced 219 natural disasters, causing over US$16 billion in total damage. The predicted effects of climate change will only compound these impacts.
A global initiative to support national climate change mitigation efforts, low emission development strategies and enhanced measuring, reporting and verification systems.
The “Governance for Equitable Development” project was implemented in China from July 2007 to June 2012. The project led to improved access to justice and law-making process, and to a more favorable policy and legal environment for civil society organizations in China.
The Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy (PARE) project aims to build the capacity of parliamentarians to strengthen their advocacy and monitoring of the development of renewable energy sources and to promote policy and regulatory reform to encourage investment in renewables. This 3-year initiative, which started in January 2012, has a budget of over EUR 3.1 million. The EU contribution to the project is of EUR 2.5 million.
The global food crisis, stemming from soaring food prices in 2007 and 2008, was a wake-up call to the international community to get agriculture back on track in the fight against hunger. In 2009, the EU mobilized massive support for global food security through its EUR 1 billion EU Food Facility (EUFF).
In recent years, the UNDP-EU partnership has deepened in the area of so called Post Disaster Needs Assessments (PDNA). In 2008, the EU, the World Bank and the UN signed a joint declaration committing to collaborate and develop a common approach to post-crisis needs assessments and recovery planning. The joint declaration covered the assessments needed after a conflict (PCNA) and after a disaster (PDNA).
Recognising the negative effect that the widespread availability of SALW can have on the prospects of sustainable development, EU and UNDP have joined forces to combat the threat posed by SALW in the Western Balkans.
The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine – fully funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP - contributes to the delivery of good quality border and customs services to the citizens and companies of Moldova, Ukraine and the European Union.
In Central Asia, effective border control is important for security reasons and for promoting legitimate trade and transit. One of the largest UNDP-EU programmes in Central Asia, -BOMCA - is a complex, multifaceted programme, assisting five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan with border management.
For the last two decades the Guiana Shield Facility (GSF) has emerged as the primary motor of sustainable development of the Guiana Shield eco-region, covering more than 2.5 million ha. The EU is an important partner to UNDP in this initiative, which is managed by the UNDP Country Office in Guyana.