About UNDP in Croatia

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The United Nations Development Programme is present in Croatia since 1996 when the first Liaison Office was established. The office became a fully-fledged Resident Representative Country Office in 2001. UNDP's presence in Croatia is governed by a Standard Basic Assistance Agreement with the Government of Croatia signed in 1996.

As of the 1st of July 2014, UNDP in Croatia operates as a self-funding Project Management Office while also performing some regional functions such as knowledge sharing in the areas of UNDP’s comparative advantage. The scope of the activities and mandate of the project office includes projects that are currently under implementation and any possible new engagements requested by the Croatian national institutions, and in line with UNDP’s work in the new EU member states. Under agreement with the Government, UNDP will continue to implement projects in the Republic of Croatia until the end of 2017.

This transition is a result of Croatia’s graduation to Net Contributor Country status, the completion of the extended Country Programme covering 2007-2013, and the new circumstances created by Croatia’s entry into the European Union (EU) on 1 July 2013.

UNDP Croatia's programmatic activities are conducted by the Strategic Note 2014, by the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017 as well as by individual project documents.

What do we want to accomplish?

UNDP as a Project Management Office focuses on promoting sustainable energy solutions, low-emission development, protected areas of nature and environmental protection; on improving living conditions and economic opportunities in war –affected, rural and remote areas; on advocating the full social inclusion of people with disabilities, minorities and other vulnerable groups; and on sharing knowledge on Croatia’s EU integration process and with the countries in the region.

UNDP's mission is captured in a simple statement: "Leave no one behind."

What are our results?

Successful initiatives in which UNDP has engaged in Croatia include:

  • Through energy-efficiency partnerships with 20 ministries, 20 counties and 93 cities, conducting the systematic monitoring and management of energy and water use in 7,000 publicsector buildings across Croatia, resulting in savings to the state budget so far of HRK 91 million per year and a significant reduction in the country's greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Training more than 9,200 Croatian officials, including President Ivo Josipović and his advisors, on how to run a "green office."
  • Creating, together with the Ministry of Justice and the Supreme Court, seven offices to assist crime victims called to testify in court proceedings. So far 12,000 people have received support from the offices, and the Council of Europe has praised the Croatian model.
  • Shifting Dalmatia's largest olive grove and largest vineyard to fully organic production, and establishing 83 other pilot "green businesses" in agriculture, mariculture, and eco-tourism.
  • Creating, in partnership with Zadar County and the Vice Vlatković Vocational School, a Solar Education Center where residents (many of them unemployed) can receive certified training as solar equipment technicians in a growing market for renewable energy.
  • Establishing certified training programmes to prepare agricultural producers milk, cheese, fruits, vegetables, wine, sheep, goats, and other products to compete on the EU marketplace.
  • Preparing rural communities to work together to access and implement EU funding through the creation and strengthening of Local Action Groups (LAGs), the EU-standard grassrootslevel planning and decision-making mechanism for the development of rural areas.
  • With EU funding, rebuilding the facades of Radnički dom, the most important architectural monument in the heart of Vukovar, which has stood demolished and empty since the war, and overseeing a broad community discussion on the future uses of the interior.
  • In partnership with the Croatian police, collecting more than 75,000 handguns and explosive devices from the public in an effort to remove dangerous weapons from circulation, and supporting the destruction of at least 30,000 surplus weapons to fight illicit trafficking.
  • Helping 114 cities ensure access to public facilities and services for people with disabilities.
  • Working with the NGO "Status M" to promote healthy models of masculinity among high-school students, as part of a campaign to engage men in the fight against domestic violence.
  • Supporting the training in HIV/AIDS monitoring of more than 1,700 specialists from 84 different countries in the past eight years at the Andrija Štampar School of Public Health.
  • Organizing, together with the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs, a series of peer-to-peer seminars in which Croatia's EU negotiating team shares advice with prospective negotiators from other countries in the region aspiring to EU membership.
  • Helping the Ministry of Veterans Affairs to prepare a new law to address the needs of sexual violence victims during the Homeland War
  • Working with a leading women's NGOs to provide psychosocial treatment and counselling for a first group of 20 survivors of wartime sexual violence from Vukovar.
  • In the cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development and EU funds working in Croatia's less developed areas to generate at least 54 projects eligible for EU funds by October 2014.
  • Preserving and strengthening Croatian 19 national and nature parks – national protected areas by improving their financial management, infrastructure, enhancing visitors experience and promoting energy efficiency.

Who are the decision makers?

In line with the changed character of the UNDP presence in Croatia, and with the cessation of international representation by a UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, the Head of the UNDP Project Management Office is accountable to the Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States, for ensuring the effective day-to-day management of UNDP Croatia team and assuming overall responsibility for the UNDP programme and operations to ensure coherence and strategic direction of UNDP activities.

UNDP works in close collaboration with the Government of Croatia through the key Ministries, Departments and Agencies. The implementation of UNDP programme activities are carried out by Implementing Partners as appropriate, including national and local Government partners and civil society actors.

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