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Overview

Today, the region of Eastern Europe and Central Asia faces a variety of challenges.

It is a high emitter of greenhouse gases, and suffers from the world’s highest rise of HIV cases. One-third of people find themselves left out of society.

Not all governments are responsive to citizens. Women are often excluded from decision-making. Some countries face the aftermath of conflict; others face the risk of natural disaster.

UNDP works in 22 countries and territories in the region, pursuing major development goals.
We aim to:
- Foster the inclusion of marginalized people into economic, social and political life
- Empower people by promoting democratic governance and human rights
- Promote biodiversity and alternative energiesMore about our work in the region

Preserving the pristine Eurasian landscapes

UNDP is involved in many different initiatives in order to promote the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). more

Explore UNDP's 741 projects in the region, or its 6,000+ projects across the globe 

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Our Stories

A family discusses a property dispute with lawyer Alinazar Nabievat at the legal aid center in Ishkoshim District
Legal Aid Centers provide access to justice for Tajikistan's citizens

Access to justice in Tajikistan is difficult, especially for poor people and people in rural areas. Tajikistan has few lawyers, and the court system is overburdened and slow. Legal Aid Centers bring access to citizens. more 

Lela Khatiashvilli with some of her children at home in the village of Abano. Photo: David Khizanishvili/UNDP Georgia
Life on the edge in Georgia

An initiative in the Shida Kartli region of Georgia, that borders the conflict divide with South Ossetia, is helping people find stability, economic growth, and hope for the future. more 

 young Kyrgyz girl in class
Learning to fight early marriages in Kyrgyzstan

Be it for economic or social reasons, the number of early marriages in Kyrgyzstan remains high. According to recent statistics, roughly 12 percent of brides in the country are under the age of 18. more 

 In 2015, record-breaking rain caused flooding in Vlora and southern Albania. Photo: UNDP Albania
Can the Aral Sea make a comeback?

Formerly one of the four largest lakes in the world, the Aral Sea has been steadily shrinking. Now, 20 years after UNDP's first intervention in the region, hope begins to blossom. more 

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