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


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