Agency for Strategic Initiatives and United Nations Development Programme Sign a Memorandum of Understanding

UNDP is represented in more than 170 countries, helping to eradicate poverty and reduce inequalities and social exclusion. It supports countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, and development sustenance programmes. UNDP cooperation with the Russian Federation has been ongoing since the opening of the UNDP Country Office in Moscow in 1997.

"The Agency for Strategic Initiatives has already started successful cooperation with the UNDP Partnership Support Office in the Russian Federation to promote Worldskills Russia in the CIS market. We are focused on further cooperation with the UNDP countries in human capital development, sharing the best technological and management solutions, as well as responding to such recent global challenges as the COVID-19 pandemic. I am convinced that the joint implementation of the cooperation plan will result in the launch of interesting projects in the nearest future," Svetlana Chupsheva noted.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) defines the cooperation between ASI and UNDP in the following areas:

  • Cooperation in the field of human development, which includes providing information to the UNDP system on the Russian experience in reforming the secondary vocational education system and the possibilities of its replication abroad with the UNDP's assistance;

  • Collaboration on disseminating ASI's experience in improving the investment and business climate to potentially interested partners in UNDP countries;

  • Sharing best-practices, including using the resources and capabilities of the Smarteka platform;

  • Collaboration on identifying big data technology solutions for the economy, public administration, and other areas, as well as training data specialists among the ASI's partner organisations;

  • Sharing best practices, digital and organisational solutions for responding to the coronavirus crisis, etc.

"We are now working on defining specific terms of cooperation to share Russia's experience to improve the quality of technical and vocational education and training in the CIS region and other countries," said Mirjana Spoljaric Egger. "As for the future, I am sure the areas of our cooperation will expand, and I hope that by joining our efforts, we will be one step closer to a more sustainable, just, and equitable world," Spoljaric Egger added.