Who We Are

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The UN System in the Kyrgyz Republic, also called UN Family, is made up of UN affiliated programmes, funds, specialized agencies and other entities working in the Kyrgyz Republic. At present it consists of 27 members, 12 of which are non-residents.

The aim of the UN system in the Kyrgyz Republic is to assist the Country in implementing development reforms and provide support in the achievement of internationally agreed Development Goals, including the Millenium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.


United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) is the result of an ongoing consultative process intended to analyze how the United Nations can most effectively respond to the Kyrgyz Republic’s national priorities and needs in a transitional context that has been affected by conflict.

In 2016, the UN system in Kyrgyzstan in cooperation with its national partners worked out strategic directions of cooperation with the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF). The consultations held for four months where representatives of the ministries, the President’s Administration, the Office of the Prime Minister, MPs, and civil society organizations identified four priority areas:

  1. Sustainable and inclusive economic growth, industrial, rural and agricultural development, food security and nutrition;
  2. Good Governance and the rule of law;
  3. Environment, climate change, and disaster risk management;
  4. Social Protection, Health and Education.

In all four, the United Nations Country Team offers comparative advantages with regard to achieving further tangible progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals, drawing on its values, successful global knowledge base, best practices and lessons learnt; its strong normative mandate and track record in the Kyrgyz Republic; its neutrality; and its ability to encourage efficient coordination and facilitate accountability among donors.

In May 2017, the UNDAF was signed by the Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic. Please download document here.

The previous priority areas have been Peace and Cohesion, Effective Democratic Governance, and Human Rights, including deepening State-building, security and justice for all; Social Inclusion and Equity, encompassing issues of social protection, food security, education and health; and Inclusive and Sustainable Job-Rich Growth for Poverty Reduction, with particular attention to women and youth, as well as to vulnerable groups and disaster-prone communities.

Please read the UNDAF Annual Progress Report 2018

UN Country Team & Resident Coordinator

 UN Country Team Retreat, Issyk-Kul, 2018 with guest speakers from the Ministry of Economy and World Bank

Heads of UN Family assemble at UN Country Team (UNCT), which encompasses all the entities of the UN system that carry out operational activities for development, emergency, recovery and transition in programme countries.

The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator (RC), who is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General. The RC, under the leadership of the Government, plays a central role in leading the UNCT in coordination of all UN System operational activities for development, to ensure alignment of UN assistance with national development priorities.

UN Resident Coordinator resides at UN House, a shared facility with representation of several UN agencies. It serves as the main building for UN system in the country and hosts UN Country Team meetings as well as many other UN events. UN House in Bishkek was opened on October 21, 2002 by UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

UN agencies, programmes and funds

List of UN entities working in Kyrgyz Republic (in alphabetical order)

The Food and Agriculture Organization leads international efforts to fight hunger. It is both a forum for negotiating agreements between developing and developed countries and a source of technical knowledge and information to aid development.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is the world's centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

The International Fund for Agricultural Development, since it was created in 1977, has focused exclusively on rural poverty reduction, working with poor rural populations in developing countries to eliminate poverty, hunger and malnutrition; raise their productivity and incomes; and improve the quality of their lives.

The International Labor Organization promotes international labor rights by formulating international standards on the freedom to associate, collective bargaining, the abolition of forced labor, and equality of opportunity and treatment.

The International Trade Centre is the joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations. Its aim is for businesses in developing countries to become more competitive in global markets, speeding economic development and contributing to the achievement of the United Nations Global Goals for sustainable development.

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS is co-sponsored by 10 UN system agencies: UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, the ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank and has ten goals related to stopping and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs is the part of the United Nations Secretariat responsible for bringing together humanitarian actors to ensure a coherent response to emergencies. OCHA also ensures there is a framework within which each actor can contribute to the overall response effort.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights represents the world's commitment to universal ideals of human dignity. It has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights.

The United Nations Children's Fund provides long-term humanitarian and development assistance to children and mothers.

The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development is the United Nations body responsible for dealing with development issues, particularly international trade – the main driver of development.

The United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs works closely with governments and stakeholders to help countries around the world meet their economic, social and environmental goals.

The United Nations Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system. It ensures security for staff and eligible dependants and enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System.

The United Nations Development Programme is the UN’s global development network, focusing on the challenges of democratic governance, poverty reduction, crisis prevention and recovery, energy and environment, and HIV/AIDS. UNDP also coordinates national and international efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals aimed at poverty reduction.

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region.

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe is one of five regional commissions of the United Nations to promote regional economic integration.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization focuses on everything from teacher training to helping improve education worldwide to protecting important historical and cultural sites around the world.

The United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women merges and builds on the important work of four previously distinct parts of the UN system, which focus exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

The United Nations Environment Programme, established in 1972, is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. UNEP acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees protects refugees worldwide and facilitates their return home or resettlement.

The United Nations Industrial Development Organization is the specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime helps Member States fight drugs, crime, and terrorism.

The United Nations Population Fund is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, and every young person's potential is fulfilled.

The United Nations Regional Centre for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia is a special political mission with a regional mandate in conflict prevention and early warning. It works with the authorities, international partners and civil society to stem tensions and violence, encourage the democratic process, and promote reconciliation.

The United Nations Volunteers programme is the UN organization that contributes to peace and development through volunteerism worldwide.

The World Food Programme aims to eradicate hunger and malnutrition. It is the world’s largest humanitarian agency. Every year, the programme feeds almost 80 million people in around 75 countries.
Our goal at the World Health Organization (WHO) is to build a better, healthier future for people all over the world. Working through offices in more than 150 countries, WHO Secretariat staff work side by side with governments and other partners to ensure the highest attainable level of health for all people

The UN Peacebuilding Fund first aided Kyrgyzstan after inter-ethnic violence and political crisis erupted in 2010 with a package of $10 million for activities covering the transition until elections in November 2011. In September 2013, the Fund approved $15.1 million priority plan under the PRF modality. In late 2014 PBF approved an additional $1.6m for two Immediate Response Facility projects in line with Secretary General’s Seven-Point Action Plan on Gender Responsive Peacebuilding. In late 2015, a $3million cross-border project with Tajikistan was approved ($1.6m for Kyrgyzstan and $1.4m for Tajikistan).


The International Organization for Migration carries on its assistance to the Government and people of the Kyrgyz Republic in elaborating and implementing sustained and sound migration policies, improved legislation and appropriate administrative structures. Our programmes and projects in Kyrgyzstan include significant components on capacity building of governmental, non-governmental and private sector partners in addressing the needs of migrants.