Green Leadership: UNDP Switches to Electric Cars in First for Tajikistan

February 28, 2024

From left to right: Ivana Zivkovic, UNDP's Director for the Regional Bureau for Europe and CIS and Lenni Montiel, UNDP Resident Representative. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

UNDP Tajikistan/ Nigora Fazliddin

UNDP is the first UN agency in Tajikistan to include an electric car in its local fleet of vehicles. Ivana Zivkovic, UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the CIS spearheaded the launch of the new eco-friendly car.


Dushanbe, 28 February 2024 - As a global leader in the fight against climate change, UNDP is committed to reducing its operational carbon footprint around the world by 50% by 2030. UNDP Tajikistan is contributing to the path towards a greener and sustainable future by acquiring electric vehicles and setting an example for other international organizations based in Tajikistan.

Electric vehicles (EV) aren't just a way to get around. They symbolize innovation as well as responsible and sustainable transportation. 

EVs’ lower running costs compared to traditional fossil fuel-operated cars result in substantial savings and a reduction of 4.17 tons of CO₂ emissions per year. 

While launching the new vehicle Ivana Zivkovic noted that as part of UNDP's commitment to sustainable development and mitigating climate change, the agency is proud to introduce electric vehicles into its operations both in Tajikistan and around the world. 

"By embracing eco-friendly transportation in Tajikistan, we align with UNDP's global goals and pioneer a path for promoting sustainability within the region,” she said. “This initiative reflects UNDP's dedication to reducing our carbon footprint and fostering a more environmentally conscious approach to work."

UNDP Tajikistan's eco-friendly electric car, promoting sustainable transition solutions. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

UNDP Tajikistan/ Nigora Fazliddin

This transition to electric vehicles showcases the UNDP’s dedication to fostering a sustainable, green future in Tajikistan and beyond, says Lenni Montiel, UNDP Resident Representative in Tajikistan.

Lenni Montiel, UNDP Resident Representative. Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

UNDP Tajikistan/ Nigora Fazliddin

"By using electric cars, UNDP underscores the importance of collective action in combating climate change. This initiative aims at inspiring communities to embrace eco-friendly solutions, propelling us towards a greener, more resilient future,” – Montiel said, reflecting on this transformative step.

Media enquiries: Nigora Fazliddin, Communications Analyst, UNDP Tajikistan,