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News Release: Signing UNDAF for 2018 – 2022, Bishkek, May 23, 2017

Bishkek, May 23, 2017 – Last Friday, May 19, 2017, the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic and the United Nations renewed and signed the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) for 2018 – 2022. Prime Minister Sooronbai Zheenbekov and UN Resident Coordinator Alexander Avanesov met to ink this important document. Representatives of committed UN agencies also endorsed the priorities, expected outcomes and strategies of the agreement. Dejan Keserovic, IOM Coordinator for Central Asia, signed on behalf of the International Organization for Migration. For the past 6 months, IOM Mission in Kyrgyzstan has actively participated in the UNDAF deliberation process. The new agreement, which outlines joint contributions to national development goals for the next 5 years, heartens the strong partnership between the Government, UN system agencies, civil society, and other development partners to carry out country priorities in a concerted and sustainable spirit.

Migration and development remain highly interdependent processes. As shown by the provisions of this UNDAF, mobilizing the dynamism of safe, regular and responsible mobility of people can uphold sustainable development and poverty eradication. Understanding internal and external migratory trends is critical in achieving the four expected outcomes of UNDAF:

(1) Sustainable and inclusive economic growth;

(2) Good Governance, rule of law, human rights and gender equality;

(3) Environment, climate change, and disaster risk management and;

(4) Social protection, health and education.

IOM will provide direct contributions to outcomes 1, 2 and 4. Ongoing and projected IOM activities to bolster UNDAF priorities will focus on assisting the most vulnerable groups in Kyrgyzstan, primarily women and children, unemployed citizens, migrant workers and their families, internally displaced environmental migrants and vulnerable migrants at risk to be recruited for violent extremism.

While promoting stronger partnerships with the private sector to address funding gaps remains crucial and specific development targets have yet to be determined, the preliminary estimated amount of allocated funds from UN system agencies within the UNDAF scheme is USD 232 million. The current agreement is a blueprint of Government-UN cooperation from 2018 through 2022.

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