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 Framework, which are in line with the priorities of the Government. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas: effective governance, justice and human rights; inclusive growth; climate change, environment and 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 two-thirds of the communities, including in Găgăuzia 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.
UNDP delivered on its commitment of ensuring the HDP nexus, by efficiently supporting local partners in navigating through the economic, energy and humanitarian turmoil, and build crisis response capacities. UNDP work in 2022 generated improved livelihoods opportunities, enhanced access to better services and infrastructure for men and women across the country, including the Transnistrian region. UNDP supported connecting local public authorities to the national response to support refugees via a partnership with CALM; enhanced the response effort of local communities hosting refugees in line with the “My community for Peace” national campaign.
Despite all challenges, UNDP was helping local communities to maintain commitment on the local development priorities. UNDP’s work was instrumental on steering the first two Focal Regions of Cahul and Ungheni on the path to becoming regional growth poles in the country, with solid services and infrastructure supporting a dynamic social and economic life.
Moreover, the private sector was activated as an important partner of local public authorities able to push green economic growth, being assisted to grow, access export opportunities, and engage in innovative partnerships, including in such formats as cluster based on value chains, initiated for the first time in Moldova.
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. Adoption of the Low Emission Development Programme aimed at operationalization of the assumed ambitious climate targets is under way. The Law on F-Gases, developed with UNDP support and adopted in the 1st reading is yet another milestone for reducing the country’s contribution to the global warming. 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. GHG emission reduction has also been sought in the public and residential sectors through designing of two National Programmes, namely, the “Green Home” and “Replacement of old electric appliances Voucher Programme” with 50,000 people as a target which also contribute to the enhanced country’s energy security.
Adaptation to climate change is being accelerated through the National Adaptation Programme but also through 161 resilience building initiatives on-the-ground in partnership with the public and private sector. Up to now, around 422,156 people of Moldova have benefited from climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction measures.
In addition, the number of districts applying climate resilient and sustainable natural resource practices has expanded in 2022 reaching out to 24 which is 72% of the total districts. The number of people benefiting from sustainable natural resources practices has reached 145,780 out of which 72,155 are women, enabling access to alternative livelihoods for marginalized people from the rural areas.
UNDP supported functional review of the environmental sector resulting in reformed environmental institutions with improved policy work.
UNDP is providing policy support to the Government in a few critical areas, mainly around key emerging development challenges. UNDP is providing support in tackling energy vulnerability and poverty through the establishment and operationalization of an Energy Vulnerability Reduction Fund, a mechanism for targeted on-bill compensations for vulnerable households with national coverage. UNDP is also providing support to the Government is the implementation of the new Digital Transformation Strategy (2023-2030) and related national programmes.
Human Development Index
People living below $5.5 per day
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Parliamentary seats held by women
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