About Subregional Office for North and Central Asia

The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific: Subregional Office for North and Central Asia (NCA) is the subregional platform to build and strengthen multilateral partnerships and intergovernmental cooperation for inclusive and sustainable development and integration in North and Central Asia.

The NCA Office, based in Almaty, Kazakhstan aims to strengthen the effective and efficient delivery of various UN development-related mandates in the subregion. The Office works with nine member States of ESCAP in the subregion, namely Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Afghanistan participates in the activities of NCA as a member of the United Nations Special Programme for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA).

Against this backdrop, the ESCAP-NCA Office has developed a comprehensive work programme, covering analytical and normative work, policy support and advocacy and technical assistance. It focuses on the following priority areas, as mandated by the ESCAP Commission:

  • Transport facilitation: developing better transport links, including Euro-Asian transport corridors; transit and transport cooperation, including improved border crossing;
  • To support the implementation of macroeconomic reforms and sustainable development, with a focus on energy resources management, including energy efficiency and promoting energy connectivity;
  • Assisting SPECA activities aimed at strengthening subregional cooperation in the areas of transport, energy, trade and knowledge based development.