Overview

UNDP works in some 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

Inclusive growth, better services, environmental sustainability, good governance, and security are fundamental to development progress. We offer our expertise in development thinking and practice, and our decades of experience at country level, to support countries to meet their development aspirations and to bring the voices of the world’s peoples into deliberations.

In 2016, UNDP is continuing its work to support the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the 17 new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), or Global Goals, as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 years.more

Rethinking development

Working towards a new sustainable development framework and achieving the SDGs require new ways of working. The UN itself will be transformed to meet these challenges, and UNDP is actively reorganizing to be fit for purpose in the new post-2015 landscape.

Our 2014-2017 Strategic Plan articulates our vision, in line with our mandate and our core ethical principles. We help countries eradicate extreme poverty, and roll back inequalities and exclusion. About us

Our stories

UNDP in Kosovo

Mock drills prepare Kosovo* for earthquakes

As the earthquake alarm sounded, students at the Selami Hallaqi primary school in Gjilan/Gnjilane, Kosovo, scrambled to take cover, hiding under tables and in doorways. OnceMore 

China
UNDP in China

Biodiversity conservation yields organic tea in China

As a seasoned tea farmer, Li Mingshui is well acquainted with Xinyang Maofeng tea, one of the most famous green teas in China. “To cultivate theMore 

Dominican Republic
UNDP in Dominican Republic

Dominican Republic: Ready to act when faced with disaster

A UNDP project, trained over 160 master builders and 30 professional engineers and architects on earthquake-resistant buildings, and conducted workshops for municipal officials.More 

Timor-Leste
UNDP in Egypt

From tradition to crime: The changing face of female genital mutilation in Egypt

In the village of Beir Anbar in the district of Keft, Egypt, young children and village elders alike gathered in the community centre.  A choir ofMore 

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UNDP at a glance

As one of the world’s largest multilateral development agencies, present in over 170 countries and territories, UNDP is on the frontlines of anticipating, understanding and acting on today’s opportunities and risks. Our 2014-2017 Strategic Plan articulates our vision. We help countries eradicate extreme poverty, and roll back inequalities and exclusion. We act on three fronts to achieve development that is sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

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UNDP in Focus 2014-2015

UNDP in Focus highlights our key actions over the past year and their impact on the lives of beneficiaries around the world. The report also outlines the ongoing restructuring process that will ensure UNDP is fit for purpose in the new post-2015 landscape.

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