23 Apr 2015
Istanbul – The United Nations and the Republic of Turkey today officially launched the new Istanbul Regional Hub which provides support to the countries and territories in which the UN Development Programme (UNDP) works in Europe and CIS. The Hub also hosts UNICEF and UN Women regional offices.
“By locating this knowledge and technical expertise in Istanbul, UNDP will be well positioned to support and engage with partners in Europe and the CIS on the post-2015 development agenda, which is due to be agreed in September of this year,” said Helen Clark, Chair of the UN Development Group and Administrator of UNDP, in her opening remarks at the inauguration of the Istanbul Regional Hub.
Developing and transition economies of Europe and Central Asia are showing poverty and inequality, even in some upper middle-income countries, as well as declining life expectancy relative to global averages in many countries, according to analysis in Poverty, Inequality and Vulnerability in the Transition and Developing Economies of Europe and Central Asia, recently released by UNDP. A changing climate and rapidly growing exposure to disaster risk also present the region with new and evolving challenges.
The support of the Istanbul Regional Hub will enable countries to pursue development paths that are responsive to these and other issues, including sustainable growth, governance and peace-building, gender equality and women’s empowerment, energy, disaster resilience and climate change, and the protection of children’s rights.
In addition, the Istanbul Regional Hub and the Republic of Turkey will jointly advance efforts to promote south-south cooperation and share Turkey’s important development experience with other countries. This strategic partnership recognizes the increasing role of Turkey as an emerging donor for development cooperation across the world.
Helen Clark was joined by H.E. Mr. Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, and Mr. Kadir Topbas, Mayor of the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, to inaugurate the new Hub and unveil a plaque on the premises in Key Plaza in Istanbul.
The Istanbul Regional Hub is co-located with other UN agencies, including the UN Population Fund, which will strengthen coordination within the UN development system. UNDP has other regional offices in Amman, Addis Ababa, Bangkok, Cairo, Dakar, and Panama.
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