UNDP’s Istanbul Regional Hub has been systematically engaging with multilateral partners such as the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (Turkic Council), the Regional Cooperation Council and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation).
The Turkic Council is dedicated to strengthening peace and stability and promoting development cooperation amongst its member states of Azerbiajan, Kazakhstan Kyrgyzstan and Turkey. The Turkic Council and UNDP work with countries in the region to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals through trade, tourism for economic development, and the prevention of violent extremism among youth. Together, UNDP and the Turkic Council have launched several initiatives and continue to cooperate through various platforms on the topics of preventing extremism and economic development.
The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC)
RCC and UNDP are working together to achieve prosperity and growth in the region, particularly in the Western Balkans. Launched in 2002, the South Eastern and Eastern Europe Clearinghouse for the Control of Small Arms and Light Weapons (SEESAC) aims to stop the flow and availability of small arms and light weapons in the South East Europe and support the socio-economic conditions for peace and development, better governance, improved functioning of the rule of law and enhanced security in the region.
The Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC)
Since 2007, BSEC and UNDP have cooperated on topics including trade and economic cooperation, environment and climate change. Its joint Black Sea Trade and Investment Promotion Program promoted trade and investment in the region through trade missions, investment road shows, business-to-business matchmaking, training workshops and networking.