Government of Turkey and UNDP strengthen strategic partnership

04 Dec 2012

AnkaraGreater cooperation to support Least Developed Countries in pursuing sustainable development and contributing to a new universal development framework will be central to the growing partnership between the Government of Turkey and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

This was among the outcomes of a high-level meeting this week between the government and UNDP to discuss progress since the signing of a landmark agreement in March 2011, which focuses on Turkey’s role as a global development partner.

An additional priority for ongoing cooperation will involve UNDP working closely with the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Turkey prepares to chair the G20 in 2015.

The meeting in Ankara was attended by the Deputy Under-Secretary for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ambassador Mehmet Gücük; the Director of UNDP’s Regional Bureau for Europe and Commonwealth of Independent States, Cihan Sultanoglu; the Deputy Director of UNDP’s Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy, Fadzai Gwaradzimba, and the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Turkey, Shahid Najam.

A highly visible result of the new strategic partnership between Turkey and UNDP has been creating the Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development, a global hub for connecting private businesses with the UN and other partners in search of concrete solutions to boost development.

In addition to designing innovative financing mechanisms, the centre is establishing partnerships that benefit poor communities in Least Developed Countries.  It will also increasingly serve as a hub for training and information sharing, including lessons learned from Turkey’s successful track record in private sector involvement in development issues.

These and other events, including Turkey’s hosting of the Global Human Development Forum with UNDP in February this year, have brought Turkey’s role and engagement in the global policy dialogue on development to a new level, positioning the country as an emerging major player.

While efforts continue around the world to achieve the time-bound Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Turkey is one of more than 50 countries chosen to conduct national consultations to seek the views and needs of people to shape the world’s future development vision for beyond 2015.

Also agreed at the meeting, cooperation to increase the engagement of Least Developed Countries in the post-2015 development agenda will build on the role the Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbas, who is a member of the UN Secretary General’s High-level Panel which is preparing a report setting out a bold vision for a new universal development framework, based on the outcomes of global consultations.

Cooperation on-the-ground will focus on specific countries where both Turkey and UNDP run assistance programs, including post-conflict countries such as Somalia, Iraq and Liberia.