The United Nations in Azerbaijan

The United Nations (UN) and Azerbaijan are in the final year of the implementation of the UN-Azerbaijan Partnership Framework for the period of 2016-2020. This is the fourth cooperation document to have been signed between the UN agencies and the Government which has marked a transition from assistance-based to a partnership-based cooperation. Currently, the sides continue consultations on a new partnership document – UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF). The UNSDCF is a five-year programming cycle that will serve as a guiding document for the work of the UN System in Azerbaijan.

Schoolchildren visited the UN House in Baku and met with the UN Resident Coordinator, 27 May 2019. Photo/UN Azerbaijan

Milestones

  1. On 2 March 1992, Azerbaijan became a Member State of the United Nations after the UN General Assembly adopted resolution 46/230 at the 82nd plenary meeting of its 46th session in New York. On 6 May 1992, Azerbaijan opened its Permanent Mission to the UN in New York.
  2. During the initial years following Azerbaijan’s independence, UN's assistance was primarily focused on the immediate needs of refugees and IDPs affected by the conflict in and around the Nagorno-Karabakh region of Azerbaijan.
  3. In 2000, the Government of Azerbaijan committed to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and partnered with the UN Agencies and other development actors in the fight against poverty. As a result, poverty has been reduced drastically .
  4. Azerbaijan has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term of 2012-2013 after receiving the vote of 155 Member States.
  5. On 25 September 2015, Azerbaijan joined other UN Member States in adopting the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable DevelopmentOn 6 October 2016, President of Azerbaijan signed a decree creating the National Coordination Council for Sustainable Development.   
  6. In 2016, the UN and the Government of Azerbaijan concluded a new cooperation agreement with the signing of the UN-Azerbaijan Partnership Framework (UNAPF) for the period of 2016-2020. 

The Sustainable Development Goals in Azerbaijan

Over the last five years, Azerbaijan has demonstrated its firm commitment towards achieving the 2030 Agenda. The President of the Republic of Azerbaijan issued the Decree in 2016, to establish the National Coordination Council for Sustainable Development - a key partner for the United Nations to channel its support to the Government of Azerbaijan since then.

Azerbaijan has been one of the first countries to undertake a MAPS mission (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support for the 2030 Agenda) which outlined concrete policy and programming steps that could be taken to accelerate the goals nationally, the experience which was presented at the 2018 Baku Forum on Sustainable Development. This regional event also marked the adoption of the Baku Principles which established provisions on the integration of SDGs and acceleration of their implementation.

With UN support, the National Information Portal on SDGs was launched, which introduces an interactive dashboard, collects consolidated data, tracks and monitors progress towards the SDGs in real-time. UN provides continuous support to strengthen national statistical capacities to produce quality data while focusing on disaggregation to Leave No One Behind.

United Nations also makes special efforts to engage different groups including the private sector, media, parliamentarians, and the public, among others, in promoting the Goals.