UN Agencies supporting sustainable peace and developmentFeb 17, 2016
Dushanbe, February 17, 2016. The Steering Committee meeting of the Project “Cross-border Cooperation for Sustainable Peace and Development” took place at the conference hall of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan. The Project is funded by the United Nations Peace building Support Office/ Peace building Fund (PBF) - $1,500,000.0 and Swiss Cooperation Office (SCO) - $1,011,705.0 and expected to be implemented by the group of UN Agencies (UNDP, WFP, UNICEF, UN-Women and FAO) in cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan and other national counterparts.
Mr. Hakdod Mahmadsharif Mahmud, the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan, Ms. Nathalie Barbancho, Deputy Country Director of the Swiss Cooperation Office in Tajikistan and Mr. Alexander Zuev, UN Resident Coordinator & UNDP Resident Representative, high level governmental officials and Heads of UN Agencies took part at the meeting.
This is a unique and innovative Project, the first among the whole programmes funded currently by the United Nations Peace Building Support Office/ Peace Building Fund in more than 20 countries world-wide.
The Project adopts a multi-faceted approach in dealing with the complex nature of the challenges that Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan face in their border area. Proposed Project interventions include: conflict monitoring, cross-border intercommunity dialogue, awareness raising and information sharing, cooperation between border security forces and communities, and confidence building measures that may include for example joint youth initiatives, cooperation in natural resource management, immediate peace dividends through conflict-sensitive social infrastructure development and livelihood support.
The Project will particularly encourage the participation of women and youth in cross-border peace-building, including ability to conduct interethnic dialogue, preventing radicalization of the most vulnerable group of youth, as well as preventing situation when the population goes to the violent and extremist actions during interethnic conflicts. In order to promote community participation and volunteerism, the Project will engage local monitors-mobilizers on both sides of the border to mobilize communities, support conflict monitoring, community dialogue, and the implementation of confidence building measures.
The Project was endorsed in December 2015 and expected to be implemented in 2016- 2017 covering 2 districts of Sughd Oblast – Isfara and B.Gafurov. The similar Project with analogous nature will be implemented simultaneously in Batken province of Kyrgyz Republic by the UN country team in Kyrgyz Republic.
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