UN-Habitat’s Project Coordination Office for Countries of the CIS covers Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgystan, Moldova, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, with Turkmenistan as an Associate Member.

The universal agenda of the NUA and SDGs calls for UN-Habitat to work globally.  Working in the CIS region responds to this broadened geographical focus.  The demonstrated demand for UN-Habitat’s work in the CIS region, combined with many opportunities for partnership emerging, provides a key role and responsibility of UN-Habitat to respond. At the same time, there is a visible need to raise advocacy and awareness on the NUA and urban SDGs.

UN-Habitat partners with national and local governments, academia, civil society and the private sector in these countries in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and SDG11.  We support processes including on National Urban Policies, the City Prosperity Initiative, housing policy, urban resilience, and overall development of the knowledge base, and exchange of best practices, in these countries. There is also an interest to work on smart cities.

Total value of projects
US$ 5,124,957
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 3

In the context of profound changes in management and control mechanisms, and transition to a market economy, development has been boosted in the cities of the Commonwealth of Independent States.

At the same time, they face a wide range of challenges. These include: stagnation of small and medium human settlements (including monocities); exacerbation of traffic problems; growing pressures on urban infrastructure including solid waste management; ; growing inequalities; lack of effective management and maintenance system for multi-storey housing stock; lack of social and affordable rental housing for socially vulnerable groups; inadequate use of innovative energy- and resource-saving technologies and measures; unclear and overlapping functions, powers and competences of central and regional executive authorities, as well as local governments; lack of finance for the implementation of development programs in urban areas.

Technical support to Profiles on Housing, Urban Development and Land Management in collaboration with UNECE.
40 governmental officials from CIS countries trained trough course on “Affordable Housing Provision in CIS Countries” in Belarus.
National Action Plans that address the existing problems of implementation and of the necessary resources developed in Moldova, Tajikistan, Armenia in 2015-2017.
Urban numbers
Housing stock in CIS countries has increased by 11.5% since 2000.
Residential housing sector is a major energy consumer in Russia, which accounts for: 23 per cent of primary energy consumption; 21% of final energy consumption; 42% of final consumption
National poverty threshold is very high: Tajikistan (46.7%), Kyrgyzstan (37%) and Armenia (32%). Kazakhstan (2.9%), Belarus (4.8%), and Azerbaijan (5.3%) are rather successfully combating unemployment

"The city of Yakutsk, as it is known, is a large city on the permafrost. All risks and threats that are considered part of the implementation of the Program (CRPP) are fully present in our city, and we are interested in its soonest advancement."

Ms. Sardana Aksentieva, Mayor of Yakutsk

Leaving no one and no place behind

Hover over or click the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

Advancing human rights through public participation is of key importance in the CIS. UN-Habitat is supporting these processes through its action planning work with data generated by the City Prosperity Index, and new areas of work planned on participatory budgeting.

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Through the disaggregation of data, UN-Habitat is in its City Prosperity Index work in Russia mapping out gender differentials that may require specific and different policy responses for women and men in the participating cities.

As a Global Partner of the Moscow Urban Forum, we play an active role in promoting both gender parity on panels and in the Forum as whole, and on leading events of specific interest to women in cities such as urban safety and access to public space. UN-Habitat has held public lectures such as on Gender and Urban Planning by international academics, in collaboration with the Moscow Higher School of Economics amongst others.

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UN-Habitat signed an MoU in 2018 with the Russia National Youth Council and is integrating in its new programmes in the Russian Federation and other countries of the CIS specific activities engaging and supporting youth.

Through the age-disaggregation of data, UN-Habitat is in its City Prosperity Index work in Russia also mapping out differentials that may require specific and different policy responses for different age groups in the participating cities.

UN-Habitat is a signatory of the Fast Track on AIDS in Cities campaign and supports its roll-out in the CIS where youth remain the most vulnerable age-group.

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UN-Habitat’s advisory work on SMART cities in CIS, provides new opportunities to address specific needs of people living with disabilities, including improved and innovative service delivery.

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Donors and partners

With its partner organizations, UN-Habitat Project Coordination Office for Countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) serves as a contact point for any country within the region that needs advice, information or practical assistance in various areas of urban development as well as a platform for the exchange of experience, knowledge and best practices. The success of UN-Habitat work in the CIS Region depends on successful partnerships, particularly with local authorities and governments.


Ms Åsa Jonsson
HQ Coordinator, Project Coordination Office for Countries of the CIS, Programme Division