Poverty isn’t permanent

What is poverty? Can we ever get rid of it?
It's time to rethink what you think you know.

Here's why

Ending poverty means expanding the richness of human life, not just the richness of the economy.
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Statement from UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner
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Our mission


On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

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Our impact

2M

jobs created over the past three years in 98 countries

75M

new voters registered in 41 countries

1,239

disaster risk reduction plans put in place in more than 50 countries


 

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UNDP is committed to ending poverty once and for all. That’s why we work to get to the root causes of poverty and create lasting change. The good news is we have a plan. But we need your help to get the job done.

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When we began our work five decades ago, one in three people worldwide lived in poverty. Now? Just one in eight. Let’s finish the job.

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It's the little things citizens do. That's what will make the difference. My little thing is planting trees.Wangari Maathai
Environmental activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner

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