Who we are
As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
UNDP in Moldova is guided by the Country Programme Document, and the UN-Moldova Development Assistance for 2018-2022, which are in line with the priorities of the Government. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas: effective governance, inclusive growth and climate change, environment, energy.
Mission and vision
UNDP’s mandate is to end poverty, build democratic governance, rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.
The vision for the UNDP country programme is for Moldova to become a more cohesive, inclusive, just and resilient society, supported by a better quality of life for everyone.
Achieving a better quality of life for all people in Moldova, as envisioned in the Moldova 2030 Strategy, is only possible if the country’s prosperity is shared amongst all people, while the most vulnerable and marginalized are empowered to exercise their human rights and participate meaningfully in all fields of life. Enhanced inclusion and resilience, peace and security are important preconditions for empowering all people to contribute to the country’s social and economic transformation of the country and accelerate achievement of the SDGs.
The UN Charter
The Charter of the United Nations was signed in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization and came into force on 24 October 1945. Its purposes and principles are to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations based on equal rights and self-determination, and to achieve international co-operation in solving economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian challenges without distinction for race, sex, language, or religion.
UNDP is based on the merging of the United Nations Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, created in 1949, and the United Nations Special Fund, established in 1958. UNDP, as we know it now, was established in 1966 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
UNDP is present in Moldova since 1992, covering covers two-thirds of the communities, including in Gagauzia and in Transnistrian regions.
UNDP’s results in Moldova were highly relevant to the Government’s plan, as evidenced by the 2022 independent country programme evaluation and stakeholder consultations. UNDP is well-positioned as a reliable, responsive, and trusted provider of development services, supporting the government's efforts to pursue its diverse priorities.
UNDP in partnership with other development partners accomplished transformative results, such as: strengthening the capacity of public institutions across the three branches of power; supporting the transparency and inclusiveness of the elections process; spearheading innovation and applying it to policy development and service design and delivery; promoting and scaling up gender equality and women's empowerment; engaging with migrants in the socio-economic development of local communities across the country; promoting social cohesion and building confidence across conflict divide.
UNDP is supporting Government’s efforts in spearheading the nationalization of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and integrating the 2030 Agenda into the country’s national development framework. With UN support, the Government of Moldova assessed the progress on achieving the SDGs and presented its first Voluntary National Report at the High-Level Political Forum in July 2020.
Transparency and inclusiveness of elections is a key area of assistance ranging from real-time disaggregated data of voter turnout and elections results, accessed by more than 2.7 million users to inclusive electoral education, reaching more than 1.7 million beneficiaries. The implementation of the National Integrity and Anticorruption Strategy supported by UNDP has a positive impact on the indicator on facing corruption by various categories of population.
To enhance safe and efficient cross-border cooperation, including increased trade volumes and improved control over illegal traffic of people and goods, EU Integrated Border Management principles were successfully piloted in Moldova with EU-UNDP support. The first Moldova-Ukraine Jointly Operated Border Crossing Point in Palanca ensures optimal conditions for crossing the border, including for people with disabilities, asylum seekers, entrepreneurs, and cargo transport.
UNDP continuously promotes inclusive growth. UNDP is supporting a nationally owned process of making the most of migration, with focus on reinventing rural areas and creating local economic opportunities for communities. UNDP’s innovative experience of engaging 10,000 migrants in the development of local communities across Moldova was scaled up at the national level through the Governmental Programme DAR 1+3. The established cross-river cooperation platforms between both banks of Nistru river generate joint innovative solutions to protracted issues across the conflict divide.
UNDP is a catalyst to accelerate climate action. The enhanced National Determined Contribution, updated with UNDP support, has set more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets - 70% vs. 64% for unconditional scenario, 88% vs. 78% for conditional scenario, by 2030 as compared to 1990 - and encourages a more holistic approach to address sustainable development. Supporting the expansion of electric vehicles charging stations to 70 units, has led to an increased number of electric cars from 250 to 600 in 2020. The electric vehicles registered in Moldova reduce CO2 emissions by 1,200,000 kg annually.
Golden Gender Equality Seal
In 2017, UNDP Moldova was awarded with the Golden Gender Equality Seal by its headquarters, for substantial contribution to national gender equality goals. Moldova Country Office actively worked with national authorities and development partners for the adoption of the Gender Quota legislation in April 2016 which sets a mandatory 40% gender quota on party lists for parliamentary and local Elections, a 40% gender quota in the Cabinet of Ministers, historically allots 14-days paternity leave paid from the state budget and prohibits sexism in mass-media and advertising. Also, UNDP Moldova contributed to critical amendments to the legislation addressing gender-based and domestic violence, adopted in July 2016, that have introduced a 10-day restraining order that isolates the perpetrators from the family home, along with other unprecedented measures to increase the safety of victims. At the same time, UNDP Moldova provided critical support to women in leadership positions at all levels enabling them to become effective drivers of gender equality agenda at all levels, created jobs and supported women-led businesses, set-up services in support of the most vulnerable and marginalized women across the country.
In 2018, UNDP Moldova has successfully piloted the Gender Equality Award in public sector with two central public administration institutions – the Ministry of Defense and the General Police Inspectorate and with six local governments that brought a transformative change in internal policies, norms and practice that became gender-sensitive and gender-responsive.
Human Development Index
People living below $5.5 per day
Total employment rate
Parliamentary seats held by women
% of renewables