Denmark and UNDP spur green transition, responsive governance, in Eastern Neighborhood region

Transformative regional initiative enhances cooperation, knowledge and solutions for green transition with a focus on Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.

January 25, 2024
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Istanbul, 25 January 2024 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Danish Government are proud to launch today an initiative paving new development pathways for a green, inclusive and resilient future through economic transformation and democratic governance in Eastern Neighborhood countries, aligning closely with the EU Green Deal and the climate change agenda.

With up to US$10.8 million (DKK 75 million) in funding from Denmark, the project "Greening the Future, Advancing Rights and Stability” aims to foster environmental governance and climate-sensitive economy in Eastern Neighborhood countries, with a focus on Georgia and the Republic of Moldova, and with an approach prioritizing local development and participation.

Efforts in Georgia and Moldova will be directed towards strengthening institutional and private sector capacities essential for effectively reducing greenhouse gas emissions, improving energy efficiency, and advancing the adoption of renewable energy technologies. A regional coordination enabling and facilitating knowledge-sharing, learning, and access to expertise, will supplement country-level solutions.

Out of the total budget, approximately US$4.29 million will be allocated to Georgia, US$4.27 million to Moldova, and US$2.2 million will fund enhanced regional cooperation.

The 4-years project will be coordinated by the UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub, working closely with the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with UNDP Country Offices in Georgia and the Republic of Moldova.

“This initiative underlines Denmark’s and UNDP’s joint commitment to a green and inclusive energy transition, along with the advancement of decentralization processes and local participation. We look forward to achieving sustainable and positive change in the Eastern Neighborhood countries, and to paving the way for a greener, more inclusive, and resilient future,” said Ms. Steliana Nedera, Manager, UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.

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