UNDP at 50

UNDP's work in Europe and Central Asia covers 18 middle-income countries and territories from Croatia to Kyrgyzstan. While countries in this region compare well with middle-income countries around the world, many of them face important hurdles. Across Europe and Central Asia, national economies have been growing slowly and are vulnerable to global commodity price fluctuations, aggravating labor market and other forms of social exclusion. Further, migration flows, natural disasters, environmental degradation and conflict are threatening to undo hard-won development gains. But there are reasons to be optimistic. More women and men are involved in decision-making than ever. The region’s youthful population holds the key to peace and creating modern and dynamic economies. Its vast renewable natural resources can also help promote more sustainable growth models. UNDP is working with its partners to help Europe and Central Asia attain the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These include a number of countries that are now playing a more active role in global development, with important lessons to share from their own experiences.

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The Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986 caused long-term damage to the land and health of many people in the region, and prompted many residents to leave. In 2002, UNDP launched the Chernobyl Recovery and Disaster Programme (CRDP), which, among other things, helped the Government of Ukraine build community centers and kindergartens, such as this one in the Lugyny district, as young parents returned to the region and needed education for their children.

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