Two people dancing in Hisarkoy/Kambili CyprusBuilding stronger communities through Infrastructure projects - UNDP Photo / Kerim Belet

Since 2001 the European Union funded UNDP Partnership for the Future Programme (UNDP-PFF) has been supporting the on-going peace-building process in Cyprus through different levels of interventions.

UNDP Partnership for the Future has played a special role in working with the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities to implement confidence-building measures aiming at the reunification and economic and social development of the island.

Our focus areas

Support to the Nicosia Master Plan (NMP)

Map of UNDP-PFF work in the walled city of Nicosia CyprusMap of UNDP-PFF projects in the walled city of Nicosia Cyprus. UNDP Photo

From 2001 to 2009 UNDP-PFF, thanks to European Union funds, has been supporting the work of the Nicosia Master Plan (NMP) for the rehabilitation of the old city of Nicosia. Several projects were realised within this context in an effort to involve the two communities in the conservation of Nicosia’s common cultural and architectural heritage.
From 2001 to 2005, in conjunction with its executing agency UNOPS, UNDP Partnership for the Future has been responsible for:

  • Phase 1: Revitalisation of the Omeriye and Selimiye areas of Nicosia
  • Phase 2: Revitalisation of the Phaneromeni and Samanbahce areas of Nicosia
  • Phase 3: Revitalisation of the Selimiye area and municipal market in Nicosia
  • Phase 4: Restoration of the Bedestan, (former St. Nicholas Church- Phase 1 and 2), Pyla Tower and revitalisation of the Phaneromeni area

Our Results:
Improved quality of life of the residents, more attractive and revitalised cities and historical neighboroods, creation of new public spaces, preservation of  cultural heritage monuments such as the Omeriye Hamam and the Bedestan, opening of new cultural centres.

Private Sector Development

private sector development cyprus sefler patisserieMore than 300 Turkish Cypriot companies were assisted through UNDP-PFF Private Sector Development Grant Schemes. UNDP Photo/Kerim Belet

From 2004 to 2011 UNDP-PFF has implemented the EU funded Turkish Cypriot Private Sector Development Programme. The main objective of the project was to support the economic and social development of the northern part of Cyprus,by facilitating the integration of the Turkish Cypriot private sector into the EU.

The project supported Turkish Cypriot micro, small and medium entrepreneurs to adhere and comply with European Union regulations and standards. This included support in compliance with the Acquis Communautaire, meeting quality and environmental international and European standards, diversifying and increasing the added value of their products and services.

Our Results:
- 11 grant schemes
- 160 capacity-building activities
- 300 companies assisted through grant schemes and business support
- 1500 procurement actions initiated by UNDP-PFF  
- 6000 Cypriots participating in training sessions, capacity-building activities and informative seminars

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Landmine and Ordnance Clearance

deminer cyprus27,000 mines have been removed from the buffer zone, 81 minefields have been declared mine free. MAC Photo

Since 2004 UNDP-PFF in collaboration with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), the support of the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) and of the European Union, has been working to reduce the number of landmines still remaining on the island thus facilitating safer intra-island movement and communication.

Our Results
- 27,000 landimines removed from the buffer zone
- 81 minefields declared mine free
- 10.985,338 square metres of land released and returned to their original  use

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Urban upgrading and community development

Bandabuliya (Old Market) in NicosiaBandabuliya Old Market of Nicosia; its renovation was completed in July 2012. UNDP Photo

In 2004 UNDP-PFF support to urban upgrading and rehabillitation projects extended to support the economic development of the main cities of Nicosia, Kyrenia and Famagusta.

The focus of these projects - implemented in two phases (Phase 1, 2004-200) and (Phase 2, 2007-ongoing) has been on community development, urban upgrading and the modernisation of the water/sanitation systems, urban upgrading and revitalisation of the main historical neighbourhoods, and waste collection in affort to promote a vision for the architectural future of the three cities.

Our Results:
This process has served to sensitise local communities and residents to the importance of appropriate restoration and development work within historical areas andthe necessity of planned and co-ordinated interventions.

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Community Development in villages and towns in the northern part of the island

renovated coffee shop in Tremetousia Tremese Erdemli CyprusTraditional Cypriot Coffee Shop - UNDP Photo/Kerim Belet

In 2006 the project expanded to include 10 villages and small towns in the northern part of Cyprus.


  • Upgrading and improvement of public facilities;
  • Modernization of water sanitation and water supply systems;
  • Restoration and modernization of main squares and/or of other historical areas/buildings;
  • Upgrading of sewerage systems and improvement of waste collection systems;
  • Creation of new community centres for bi-communal activities.
  • Restoration and rehabilitation of traditional coffee shops
  • Promotion of cultural/community activities

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Promoting cultural Development

Alashia Terra Cotta exhibition bedestand cyprusAlashia-Terra Cotta Art Society Exhibition at the Bedestan. UNDP Photo/Hüseyin Sayıl

As of September 2012 the focus of UNDP-PFF community development's activities both in main cities and villages shifted into integrating of a soft civil society component to support residents and local communities of the renovated areas, in hosting and promoting different cultural programmes.


  • 2 Call for proposals launched in September 2012 and February 2013.
  • 37 projects implemented between September 2012 and September 2013
  • More than 400 women from villages and small towns participating in handicrafts workshops activities which is hoped will contribute to create new local economies in the villages.

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Opening of new Crossings

Opening of Ledra/Lokmaci Street Crossing - April 2008Opening of the Ledra/Lokmaci crossing in 2008. UNFICYP Photo

In cooperation with the United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) UNDP-PFF has worked to facilitate the opening of three crossings: Zodeia /Bostancı Astromeritis in 2006, Ledra/Lokmacı in 2008 and the Limnitis/Yeşilırmak in 2010. 

For each UNDP-PFF has facilitated decision-making and confidence-building. UNDP-PFF has strongly promoted and supported the implementation of joint ventures between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. Furthermore, it has closely supervised the implementation work outside and within the UN-controlled buffer zone.

Read more on the Ledra/Lokmacı project
Read more on  Limnitis/Yeşilırmak project

Support to the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage

Othello TowerOthello Tower and Famagusta Venetian Walls. UNDP Photo, 2013

Since 2010 UNDP is providing technical support and guidance to the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage (TCCH).
Between April and December 2010 an EU funded Study of Cultural Heritage, carried out with UNDP-PFF support, allowed for the identification of cultural heritage sites of particular historical, archaeological and architectural significance for Cyprus.

Since May 2012, UNDP is providing support to the TCCH in implementing  emergency measures projects aiming at preserving endengered cultural heritage sites island-wide.

  • 700 inventory charts including historical background, pictures, topographical details and architectural sketches of each monument
  • 121 technical assessments, analysing the current conditions of the monuments, and restoration costing needs
  • 4 monuments protected though emergency interventions and 8 more to receive the same support soon
  • 5 design for conservation projects under preparation

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More on emergency measures projects Phase 1>
More on emergency measures projects Phase 2>
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Large bi-communal infrastructure projects

new nicosia wastewater treatment plantNew Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant aeration tank, UNDP Photo, 2013.

Through the project for the new Nicosia Wastewater Treatment Plant, the Sewerage Board of Nicosia, the European Union and UNDP-PFF have been promoting and facilitating access to wastewater services for both communities of Nicosia as a fundamental contribution to the ongoing peace and confidence-building process.
The project for the New Nicosia Waste Water Treatment Plant started in March 2010 and was completed in June 2013.


  • 270,000 people from both communities will be served by the new plant;
  • 30,000 m3 of wastewater will be treated in the new plant every day on average;
  • 10 million m3 of treated water per year could be reused for agricultural irrigation;
  • Over 3,000 tons of dry solids suitable for use as natural fertilizer will be produced every year;
  • The operation of the plant will be partly powered by renewable energy (10% to 20% on average), reducing its CO2 emissions.

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Support to the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus

cmp labCMP Laboratory - CMP Photo

Since July 2011 UNDP-PFF has been providing operational support to the Committee on Missing Persons in Cyprus.

In full synergy with the overall mandate oft he Committee of Missing Persons in Cyprus, UNDP-PFF is responsible for the day-to-day project administrative support.



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