UNDP Resident Representative in Kazakhstan Mr. Yakup Beris and UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia Ms. Ashita Mittal

NUR-SULTAN, 30 October 2019 – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Kazakhstan and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Regional Office for Central Asia signed an agreement on the joint study to identify policy, knowledge and practice gaps and provide recommendations to the Central Asian countries in support of their efforts in rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees and their accompanying family members as part of a UNDP regional project funded by the Government of Japan.

In the framework of the Agreement, the UNODC Regional Office for Central Asia will provide a situational analysis of selected Central Asian countries’ experience in preparing for, developing and implementing repatriation, rehabilitation and reintegration programmes. This initiative is a part of the UNDP-led regional project “Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia”.

Repatriation, rehabilitation and reintegration of returned nationals (men, women and children) remain a pressing issue in Central Asia. “Determining areas and ways for improving reintegration programs in alignment with UN Guidelines and international best practices is key to strengthening community resilience in response to violent extremism in the region”, said Mr. Yakup Beris, the UNDP Resident Representative for Kazakhstan. "UNDP is committed to engage other UN Agencies, where we can meaningfully complement our efforts and provide the best value for this country and its people”, he added.

Ms. Ashita Mittal, UNODC Regional Representative for Central Asia,  noted the importance of developing and implementing comprehensive rehabilitation and reintegration programmes that are age and gender-responsive, international human rights compliant, context-bound and based on individual risks and needs assessment and emphasized that the United Nations team stands ready to support the Central Asian Governments’ efforts in this area.

This joint initiative is expected to facilitate further discussions and regional cooperation among the Central Asian countries on rehabilitation and reintegration of returnees and their accompanying families and serve as a trusted reference point for multiple partners, including national authorities for designing adequate and tailored policy responses.

The regional UNDP project “Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for Prevention of Violent Extremism in Central Asia” is funded by the Government of Japan at the amount of US$ 6.4 million. The initiative, spearheaded by UNDP in Kazakhstan, is jointly implemented with UNDP offices in the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, with strategic support from UNDP Istanbul Regional Hub.

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Contact:

Dana Oraz (Ms.), Regional Project Manager, Strengthening Community Resilience and Regional Cooperation for PVE in Central Asia, +77172 696544 (ext. 2642), dana.oraz@undp.org

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