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 

You can search and browse by location, funding source, and focus area. Learn more about UNDP's open project data portal. Click on map for more details.

Our Stories

Chicken or the egg? Young entrepreneurs in Kyrgyzstan say both

  Kalys Turganbaev was not a businessman.   Before 2013, he’d never produced or sold anything, especially not eggs – a rather unusual product in themore 

Regional network of trainers brings gender equality to Western Balkan armed forces

Attracting and retaining women in the Armed Forces have traditionally been major challenges. The Western Balkans are no different. Women only make up between 5.5 andmore 

Restoring the health of Lake Prespa

At over five million years old, Lake Prespa is amongst the most ancient freshwater lakes in the world.   The beautiful but environmentally vulnerable regionmore 

Kyrgyzstan: Hello, this is Zardaly speaking

  “Honestly, in the beginning when we raised the issue and asked for funding, we did not think it was possible. But, as they say, littlemore 

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