UNDP in Uzbekistan

About us

About our work in Uzbekistan

UNDP first became active in Uzbekistan in 1993, and has over subsequent decades implemented hundreds of projects alongside the national government, business, civil society and academic. We are proud to be both Uzbekistan’s primary development partner and a leading member of the UN Family.


Through the continued trust of the Government of Uzbekistan, close collaboration with our fellow UN agencies and the support of national and international donors, UNDP has helped build Uzbekistan’s market economy, modernize its government, and improve the lives of its most vulnerable citizens. In addition, UNDP has helped Uzbekistan tackle some of the most prominent ecological and environmental challenges it has faced over past years.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been working with the people and Government of Uzbekistan to support their development ambitions since 1993, just two years after the country declared its independence, to support their development ambitions.. As articulated in the Country Programme Document for 2021-2025, current programmatic priorities are guided by and aligned with Agenda 2030, which sets out a comprehensive blueprint for sustainable development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our focus areas are strongly aligned with the National Development Strategy of Uzbekistan (2022-2026) and include programmes to promote effective democratic governance, achieve inclusive and sustainable growth, sustain a clean environment, take action for the climate, and advocate for equality between men and women.


UNDP has been active in more than 170 countries and territories around the world, helping eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and increase inclusion. In Uzbekistan, UNDP has its main office in the capital of Tashkent city, and secondary offices in the cities of Nukus and Namangan. Three current directions of work include ‘Effective Governance’, ‘Inclusive and Sustainable Growth’, and ‘Environment and Climate Action’.


Read more about these directions here.

Recent achievements

Turning the Aral Sea region into an area of technological and ecological innovation, applying new solutions to the area’s challenges which, if successful, may be used throughout Uzbekistan and beyond to inform climate change adaptation strategies.


Supporting legislation protecting women’s rights and other measures designed to ensure women play more active and influential roles in government, business, and their communities.


Helping farmers and farming communities throughout Uzbekistan to implement practical, low-tech solutions that will help safeguard food security while adapting to the impacts of climate change?


Improving livelihoods for those with disabilities and other marginalized population groups, particularly by creating fulfilling employment opportunities, financial independence and greater societal inclusion.


Encouraging digital entrepreneurship among small and medium-sized businesses, particularly for young people below 30 who make up 60 percent of the population, and for women and girls.


Protecting Uzbekistan’s globally significant biodiversity, particularly its unique flora, fauna, and ecosystems, while establishing building codes that ensure new buildings use renewable energy sources and are energy efficient.


Introducing anti-corruption mechanisms in the private and public sectors, ensuring the accessibility and responsiveness of local government, and strengthening Rule of Law and building trust in the courts through supporting judicial sector reform.