Overview

What We Do

UNDP works to support the ongoing peace and confidence building process by promoting initiatives that encourage dialogue and cooperation between the communities of Cyprus. Together with the European Union and other donors, UNDP in Cyprus works in support of different bi-communal Technical Committees in the implementation of their confidence buding measures. Our main partners are: the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus and the Technical Committee on Crossings.

Our Goals

Through cultural heritage conservation projects, community engagement initiatives and large infrastructure and urban upgrading projects we aim to support both political peacemaking and practical confidence building processes.

Promoting confidence and peace building

UNDP acts as a vehicle for fostering inter-communal relations and enabling civil society, business,political and religious leaders to pursue reconciliation activities that could influence the policy in both communities on a settlement. (UNDP Photo/Olkan Erguler, June 2015)more

Our Stories

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Our Shared Heritage: bringing Cypriots across borders through cultural heritage

Christina Pavlou Solomi Patsia is a former Greek Cypriot resident of the Komi Kebir/Buyukkonuk village, where UNDP recently finished restoring the Agios Afksentios Church. As amore 

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The Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage during a monitoring visit to the Famagusta Walls. UNDP Photo/Olkan Erguler, October 2014.

Working together to protect our Heritage

Ali Tuncay and Glafkos Constantinides are two of ten (5 Greek Cypriot and 5 Turkish Cypriot) custodians of cultural heritage in Cyprus. Appointed by their respectivemore 

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Eide sends strong message to civic and political representatives: ‘Multi-stakeholder dialogue is the name of the game’

Earlier this week Special UN Adviser, Espen Barth Eide, told political party representatives and leaders from business and civil society that a multi-stakeholder dialogue is crucialmore 

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Cyprus leaders release doves at the opening of the road connecting Limnitis/Yeşilırmak with Kato Pyrgos in 2010. ©United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus

Bringing Down Barriers to Peace

Cyprus has been divided since 1974. The buffer zone (or green line) stretches 180 kilometers across the island, from West to East, separating the Turkish Cypriotmore 

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Projects and Initiatives

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