UNDP’s Representation Office in Brussels partners with the institutions of the European Union (EU). Together with our EU partners, we work to promote and advance the development agenda and the international UN standards both in EU policy discussions and in the external action of the European Union. Both UNDP and EU are active partners in the dialogue on the implementation of the 2030 development agenda. More about the framework of the partnership

UNDP-EU partnership on the ground

The European Union is a very important partner to UNDP in contributing to our common global development agenda. We share the same values and objectives - respect for human rights and the rule of law; equal access to development opportunities for all; and fight against poverty around the world. 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-EU partnership

Over the past 10 years, UNDP and the EU have partnered in nearly 140 countries to deepen democratic governance, prevent or recover from conflict and natural disasters, and adapt to climate change and are currently working together on about 170 projects worldwide in these areas. Photo: Timor Leste. Timorese Celebrate International Day of Peace. UN Photo/Martine Perret.

Our Stories

  • Along with 20 other young men, Francisco Perez created a vegetable greenhouse with drip irrigation system in which they produced and marketed especially tomatoes. Photo: Sonia Hernandez/ADEL Morazan

    Salvadoran youth sow the future on their own land

    "I tried to emigrate because I was living in a difficult situation, and the one thing you think about is leaving," recalls Francisco Pérez, a youngmore

  • A woman shows the photo ID of a relative who disappeared in 1984 in Ayacucho, south-central Peru, one of the hardest hit areas by the two decade-long internal conflict. Photo: Vera Lentz/Yyuyanapaq exhibit

    In Peru, remembering the past as a step toward atonement

    "Violence devastated entire communities, not only taking the lives of innocent people but also the ancestral knowledge and customs of many indigenous peoples,” Peruvian human rightsmore

  • Students from “Vasile Lupu” Lyceum know the secret of renewable energy production and efficient energy use with the support of the EU-UNDP Moldova Energy and Biomass Project.

    Young people in Moldova learn about green energy

    During the renewable energy and energy efficiency classes, students from 7th and 8th grades learn how to produce wind-based electricity from mini-turbines, to cook using an umbrella made into a solar oven, and to share practical advice on how to make energy use more efficient both at school and at home.more


EC-UN Joint Migration and Development Initiative

The JMDI supports civil society organizations and local authorities seeking to contribute to linking migration and development. It also explores best practices in the area, and helps to set up networks of actors working on migration and development. more

EC-UNDP Joint Task Force on Electoral Assistance

The focus of the JTF is on identification, formulation, implementation support and monitoring of all the EC-UNDP projects of electoral assistance. The lessons learnt are consolidated and codified so that they can effectively feed into the implementation of the new electoral assistance projects (and) into the joint EC-UNDP trainings on Effective Electoral Assistance”. more

Articulation of Territorial Networks for Sustainable Human Development (ART Programme)

ART* is a global UNDP initiative that promotes sustainable human development at the local level. UNDP launched the ART Global Initiative in 2005, as part of its commitment to support countries in their efforts to accelerate progress on the Millennium Development Goals and to achieve sustainable development. more

Parliamentary Action on Renewable Energy (PARE)

The project helps countries to generate renewable energy in a wide range of contexts, from large-scale solar power stations or wind farms, to small-scale biogas digesters which can turn agricultural waste into cooking gas for a single household. more

ACP-EU Development Minerals Programme

An initiative to support the low-value minerals and materials sector in the Africa, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States.The sector includes the mining of construction materials, dimension stones, industrial minerals and low-grade metals and precious stones. more

Parliamentary Development

AGORA (www.agora-parl.org) has become a leading portal for the parliamentary development community. It connects Members of Parliament, parliamentary staff and civil society organizations with international organizations, parliamentary development experts and professionals to assure cooperation and the exchange of knowledge and best practices. 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.