Kyrgyzstan became a full member of the United Nations on March 2, 1992. In accordance with Kyrgyzstan’s request to begin the implementation of projects and programmes in the country, the first bilateral agreements were signed with the UNICEF and UNDP mid-1992. The first UN Resident Coordinator arrived to Kyrgyzstan in February 1993, and the Representative Office of the UN system was opened in Bishkek.
Over these years, the activities of the UN system in the Kyrgyz Republic have expanded significantly. As of today, the UN system in the Kyrgyz Republic comprises of 21 agencies, funds, programmes, and departments, actively working in the country. Over the past 20 years, the UN has worked with the Government, the international community, civil society organisations and many other parties towards a wide variety of development goals.
Enduring and overarching priorities of the UN’s cooperation with the authorities, civil society, international community and other partners include efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals; to reduce extreme poverty; to better general accessibility of basic secondary education; to promote gender equality; to broaden the rights of women and opportunities open to them; to reduce infant and child mortality; to strengthen maternity protection; to combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; to ensure environmental sustainability; and to promote global partnership for the purposes of development.
The UN system in the Kyrgyz Republic operates on a programmatic basis, in close partnership with governmental agencies and civil society, at both the central and local levels. The implementation of the United Nations System Development Assistance Framework for Kyrgyzstan (UNDAF) for 2005-2011 was completed, with the grant financing of programmes and projects aimed at ensuring sustainable human development having exceeded 322,7 million US dollars thus surpassing the initially targeted amount by four times.
The UNDAF for 2012-2016 was signed by the Government and the UN in March 2011. It includes the following priorities for joint work: (a) Peace and Cohesion, Effective Democratic Governance, and Human Rights; (b) Social Inclusion and Equity; (c) Inclusive and Sustainable Job-Rich Growth for Poverty Reduction. The indicative volume of grant financing under the UNDAF will exceed 187 million US dollars. Thus substantial assistance will be provided for national programmes and development strategies.
The UN is very committed to support the Government and the people of Kyrgyzstan on the above mentioned priorities as well as other directions. All the assistance from the UN is provided exclusively on a grant basis and is not included in the country’s public debt.