About UNDP in Moldova

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UNDP partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone.

On the ground in 177 countries and territories, including the Republic of Moldova, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP programme in Moldova is guided by the Country Programme Document, and  the UN-Moldova Partnership Framework "Towards Unity in Action" for 2013-2017 and its action plan, which is in line with the priorities of the Government of Moldova.

In a rapidly changing global environment, the work of UNDP and the broader UN family aligns with the new national development vision, Moldova 2020, and sector strategies. UNDP Moldova’s country programme for 2013–2017 has three major focus areas:

Gender Equality Human Rights Based Approach as Cross-cutting Themes

UNDP is now increasingly taking gender equality both as a goal in its own right and as an essential prerequisite for meeting broader global development goals. Support has been given to laws and policies on gender equality, developed through consultation with multiple stakeholders, including wider society.

There is also a strong focus on the gender disaggregation of statistics and the sensitization of local public authorities. Local officials are now more confident to monitor trends and target areas of gender inequality as a result of UNDP assistance.

Much of this work is carried out through joint programming, which strengthens the voice of the UN, offering essential opportunities to present a unified front on critical gender issues.

What are our results?

UNDP has made a vital contribution to reducing poverty and improving service quality, particularly for deprived regions and vulnerable people in Moldova. It has also been a partner of choice in Moldova’s rapid advancements towards integration into the EU, and a key supporter of the country’s heightened discussion of human rights and gender equality.

Democratic Governance

UNDP has helped in broadening public administration reform to support Moldova’s aim of EU integration. A number of institutions have shown increased ability to carry out their work in a credible manner and in line with the European standards. UNDP contributed to the establishment of the Food Safety Agency as one of important prerequisites for signing of a Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement between Moldova and the EU. Moldova’s Electoral Commission gained increased public trust and confidence in the election results thanks to the joint efforts of UNDP and other UN agencies, even though the country has held three national elections in less than two years. The capacity of the Parliament has also grown, including through the production of a manual to be used by many first-time MPs, the Parliament’s Secretariat Strategic Development Plan and a series of standard operations procedures now applied in the execution of the Parliament’s legislative, oversight and representation functions. Also, UNDP has partnered with the EU to strengthen border and customs control to keep the national border between Moldova and Ukraine secure and stop illegal cross-border activities. The partners jointly elaborated and implement the Integrated Border Management Strategy that provides for a significant reduction of the illegal cross-border activities.

Inclusive Development

In close cooperation with partners, UNDP has helped build the capacity of local public authorities to efficiently plan and implement local development priorities and improve local public services, involving civil society and community members. In April 2012, the Moldovan Parliament adopted the National Decentralization Strategy as a result of UNDP support.

Also UNDP has helped the Government in measuring and analysing poverty, making policies and plans more pro-poor and promoting innovative approaches to poverty reduction. Contributions to filling the country’s data gap on socio-economic status and poverty have been particularly important: support to the National Statistical System has helped improve data collection, dissemination and use. Online availability of data has increased media attention to development issues, and the National Statistical Bureau can now produce statistics that are internationally comparable and credible.   Explain what results have being accomplished so far.

Environment and Energy

Environmental governance and the coverage and effective management of protected areas have improved thanks to the Government’s efforts to restore and conserve biological diversity. UNDP’s Small Grants Scheme for environmental NGOs and community-based organizations resulted in a stronger NGO landscape throughout Moldova, which is better able to address environmental problems at the local level while at the same time contributing to the socio-economic wellbeing of communities.

Moldova has agreed to ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets and created a parliamentary commission on environment and climate change, largely as a result of UNDP-led public discussions following the launch of the National Human Development Report. Moldova’s commitments to protect the ozone layer have been achieved with technical assistance from UNDP and UNEP. At the same time, advocacy measures are taken for advancement of the integration of Disaster Risk Reduction into development planning at the national level. With support of international expertise, the Development of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Strategy for Moldova has been initiated. 

Who are the decision makers?

The UN Resident Coordinator and designated representative of the UN Secretary-General  is also the leader of the United Nations Country Team playing a central role in coordinating the UN operational activities for development. The UNDP Resident Representative is the UNDP Administrator's representative at the country level, and head of the country office being ultimately responsible for the quality and sustainability of UNDP interventions, including UNDP policies and procedures.

Current Staff Count for Moldova, Republic of

Contract TypeSub Total
Service Contract 95
UN Volunteers 1
UNDP Staff 30
Total 126
Contact UNDP in Moldova
Media Inquiries Phone: (+373 22) 22-00-45 (switchboard)
Email: registry.md@undp.org Fax: (+373 22) 22-00-41
Resident Coordinator Annual Report

2012 Resident Coordinator Annual Report.


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UNDP Gender Equality Silver Seal

UNDP Moldova received Gender Equality Silver Seal, as far as contributed to gender equality national goals, in particular the office actively worked with the Ministry of Justice to enact the “Law of Ensuring Equality”, and supporting integration of the gender perspective in local development and decentralization processes in Moldova. The office has made very good progress in the development of a comprehensive management system for gender mainstreaming, in creating an enabling environment for gender equality, and the office has achieved internal parity.

The Gender Equality Seal is adapted by UNDP from the Certification programme for private and public organizations to recognize good performance of UNDP Country Offices/Units to deliver transformational gender equality results.