UNDP’s Representation Office in Brussels partners with the institutions of the European Union (EU). Together with our EU-partners, we want to promote and advance the development agenda and international UN standards – such as Millennium Development Goals and human rights – both in EU policy discussions and in the external action of the European Union. More about the framework of the partnership

UNDP-EU partnership on the ground

Our partnership adds value at the policy level which in itself is important. However, our overarching goal is to translate these norms into practical realities – above all for the poorest and most vulnerable members of the human family. UNDP and the EU work together on programmes and projects in over 100 countries. In the menu on the left, you can find more information about what we do together in the different practice areas of UNDP, as well as stories from the field, where our beneficiaries tell us how the UNDP-EU partnership has helped them improve their lives. Our Stories

UNDP-EU partnership

We have been working together for 15 years, and engaging in a strategic partnership ever since 2004. The cooperation takes place at the policy, advocacy, knowledge sharing and programmatic levels, each complementing one another. Photo: Women in Uzbekistan that participated in UNDP-EU supported community building projects. Credit: UNDP/Kyoko Postill

Our Stories

  • In Cuba, the partnership supports farmers with training and equipment. Photo: UNDP Cuba

    UNDP-EU support to farmers helps Cuba depend less on imports

    In Cuba, food security is an enormous challenge. Low agricultural productivity makes the country highly dependent on imported food. In 2009, the country imported about 80 percent of its domestic food requirements. This dependency makes Cuba very vulnerable to increases in international food prices. more

  • Students at the training centre. Photo UNDP Cambodia/Chansok Lay

    Textile workers in Cambodia empowered with UNDP-EU support

    Kong Theara, 22, beamed broadly when she was handed a seaming machine as a special prize for graduating at the top of her sewing class. Giggling intermittently, she spoke of her plans to set up a tailor shop and about a new, better life that she hopes the business will bring. “I don’t think I will be poor anymore in the future,” she said. more

  • In Bangladesh, the UNDP-EU partnership helped communities build "disaster resilient villages". Photo: UNDP Bangladesh

    Bangladesh is "building back better" with UNDP-EU support

    Suraiya Khatun watched helplessly as the storm surge from cyclone Aila washed her house away, leaving her with nothing to eat and nowhere to go. “I lost my house as well as eight goats, 20 ducks and ten sacks of rice. I’ve been working as a day labourer ever since,” said Suraiya, 45, a survivor from Kedarbazar, one of the hardest hit villages on the Bangladesh coastline. more

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  • “Now our children can play freely, we can make use of our land, and graze our sheep without fear that they will be injured.” Photo: UNDP Albania

    Albania: Mine free and on the road to development

    Albania is officially free from mine threats, following a decade of demining. Combined efforts by government agencies and UNDP, supported by EU, resulted in the destruction of 12,452 anti-personnel mines, 152 anti-tank mines and 4,965 pieces of unexploded ordnance. more


Border assistance to Moldova and Ukraine

The EU Border Assistance Mission to Moldova and Ukraine (EUBAM) – fully funded by the EU and implemented by UNDP - contributes to the delivery of good quality border and customs services to the citizens and companies of Moldova, Ukraine and the European Union. Together with border guard and customs services of Moldova and Ukraine, the Mission facilitates people-to-people contacts, legitimate trade and security. more

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Latest Report
UNDP-EU Partnership Report


Taking a ten-year perspective, the report 'Towards a Life of Dignity for All: 10 Years of UNDP-EU Strategic Partnership’ presents the context, rationale and added value of the partnership; takes stock of achievements in the last decade (2004-2013); and discusses the opportunities and challenges for the partnership in the future, framed in the context of a changing world.


Read the UNDP-EU partnership report as a web-report or download the pdf.