UNDP Around the world

Our work

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

  • By 2030
    Mar 30, 2017

    With a bold new global agenda, we’re closing in on ending poverty – everywhere and permanently – while protecting the planet for everyone.

  • Bringing the land to life
    Mar 3, 2017

    For transhumant pastoralists in Kenya, sustainable land management is a comprehensive approach to address land degradation, with benefits for both the environment and the people who depend on it.

  • Heaven on earth
    Feb 7, 2017

    Mauritius is home to some of the most unique, rare and threatened animals and plants on the planet. Dedicated individuals and organizations have been working tirelessly to save these precious jewels for several decades.

  • Small island, big results
    Jan 31, 2017

    The Sabana-Camagüey Archipelago extends along the central northern coastline of Cuba for 465 kms, from Punta Hicacos in the west, to Nuevitas Bay in the east. This ecosystem is a treasure trove of remarkable biological wealth that is among the richest in Cuba and the wider Caribbean.

  • Communities come together to protect water and biodiversity in Colombia
    Jan 27, 2017

    Working with community members and the local government, a UNDP project assesses vulnerability to climate change and proposes adaptation measures based on conservation of the ecosystems that ensure the water supply. The project seeks to expand and preserve the natural wealth of this site and improve the living conditions and economic well-being of local families.

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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 2015-2016

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-2016 landscape. In 2015-2016, the development challenges impacting the world were thrown into stark relief. The Syria crisis entered its sixth year, with more than 250,000 people dead and some 12 million displaced. The devastating earthquake in Nepal last year killed more than 8,000 people and left many homeless.

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