About us

About us




The United Nations System began its country-based operations in Kazakhstan in early 1993, after the conclusion of an agreement between President Nazarbayev and then Secretary-General of the United Nations Boutros Boutros-Ghali on 5 October 1992. In 2007, those agencies that had country coverage only, moved to Astana (the new capital of Kazakhstan). Agencies with regional coverage stayed in Almaty.

The United Nations Country Team in Kazakhstan comprises of 19 resident organizations -FAO, ILO, IOM, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNDPI, UNDSS, UNEP, UNESCAP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNODC, UNRCCA, UNV, UN Women, and WHO. UNCTAD, UNECE, UNIDO, UNISDR and UNOPS are part of the Post 2015 programming framework.


The United Nations country team works with the people and Government of Kazakhstan, along with other development partners, to ensure more prosperous and more secure lives for every woman and man, girl and boy, particularly the most vulnerable.

The United Nations Country Team works on a broad range of issues, including economic and social development and health, environment protection and disaster relief, promotion of good governance and human rights, gender equality and the advancement of women.

In our work in Kazakhstan, we ensure that the development and implementation of all United Nations planning and programming documents align fully with national development needs and priorities.


The United Nations country team in Kazakhstan supports the Government, civil society and the private sector:

v In achieving a future with a healthy population, green economy, thriving businesses and guaranteed rights for all, through economic, social and political modernization.

v In building an inclusive society, by protecting and promoting the rights and wellbeing of all people, especially the most vulnerable and those at risk.

v In developing the capacity of stakeholders at all levels to be more accountable for ensuring equal rights for all women and men, girls and boys.

v In promoting multilateral and regional co-operation, particularly in the area of humanitarian and development assistance.


Programme work at the country level is united by the “The Partnership Framework for Development (PFD), Kazakhstan, 2016-2020.” The PFD is a collective and integrated response to ambitious national priorities set out in the long-term strategic planning document ‘Kazakhstan 2050: New Political Course of the Established State’. It also reflects the aspirations for the post-2015 SDGs, bringing together efforts to further the social, economic and environmental aspects of sustainable development. The PFD is built around three strategic pillars:

•          Reduced Disparities and Improved Human Development

•          Strengthened and Innovative Public Institutions

•          Enhanced International and Regional Co-operation

The overall vision under the PFD is to develop a new pathway for a strategic partnership with Kazakhstan to achieve the Kazakhstan-2050 vision: build a prosperous, equitable and inclusive society where women and men are equally empowered, strengthen accountable and effective public institutions, and facilitate the country’s efforts in regional and international cooperation.

The PFD also supports implementation by Kazakhstan of recommendations of the UN human rights mechanisms and the country’s engagement with these mechanisms.  Consolidated support to the State is ensured to enforce the international gender equality commitments.