With UNDP support more than 700 Crimean villages have improved people's lives
Alessandra Tisot, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative visited Simferopol and met with Mr. Pavel Burlakov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC), Mr. Grigoriy Ioffe, Deputy Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of the ARC, and Mr. Victor Plakida, Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine in the ARC.
Working in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea (ARC) since 1995, UNDP is a trusted partner within the Crimean regional development landscape offering its national and local counterparts and international partners in-depth, on-the-ground expertise, a solid base for joint action, networking and cooperation opportunities. Since August 2010, UNDP operates in Crimea through a Sub-office. In 2013 the Crimea Sub-Office implements a number of local and national projects, including Support to the Regional Development in Crimea, Sustainable Development in Crimea, Young Football Volunteers, Human Security Monitoring and Public Dialogue, Black Sea Box, Community Based Approach to Local Development and Municipal Governance and Sustainable Development Programme.
By setting up a sub-office, UNDP responded to the need for a more formal presence which ensured coherent joint strategic planning of UNDP’s development actions with the region’s key stakeholders, coordination of UNDP projects implementation for more effective resource use, as well as a wider coordination of international development projects in Crimea. With its politically neutral status, UNDP sub-office was able to continue to provide quality monitoring of human security issues and inter-ethnic relations and engage with partners to find solutions.
UNDP’s presence in Crimea represents the longest international involvement in this region of Ukraine. It succeeded in mobilizing a total of US $ 34 million which went to the funding of a wide range of projects at local and republican level.
During the meeting with UN official, Pavel Burlakov, First Deputy Prime Minister of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, has expressed his appreciation of the results of UNDP achieved by many projects and initiatives aimed at developing rural territories, supporting regional development, enhancing economic development and improving business climate in Crimea.
"For almost two decades of UNDP work in Crimea over 700 urban and rural communities have solved a number of social problems" – said Mr. Burlakov.
During the meeting with Deputy Chairman of Verkhovna Rada of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Mr. Grigoriy Ioffe, the government official emphasized the importance of the work of the Human Security Council and underlined the contribution of UNDP in uniting people of different nationalities, promoting social cohesion , and strengthening inter-ethnic harmony on the peninsula.
"Since March 2012 the Council held 4 meetings which inspire hopes for the HSC to become a well-functioning Crimean institution which will no longer depend on international support to conduct human security monitoring and facilitate public dialogue on key development issues" - he added.
“UNDP projects provided an innovative approach and good example of how local problems should be solved” - he said
Alessandra Tisot met with Permanent Representative of the President of Ukraine to the ARC, Mr. Victor Plakida who emphasized the need to continue enhancing capacities of local self-government bodies “to manage their lives” in an efficient and democratic manner.
“Community level projects helped to effectively diversify rural tourism in Crimea, expand the industry in new directions. This development would be impossible without community mobilization approaches promoted by UNDP projects,” said Permanent Representative of the President.