Overview

UNDP works in more than 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.

Through 2015, we are continuing our push to meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015, and to strengthen post-2015 frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change as they help shape global sustainable development for the next 15 years.

The members of the United Nations are now in the process of defining Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as part of a new agenda to finish the job of the MDGs, and leave no one behind. This agenda will be adopted by Member States at the Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.more

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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

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UNDP at a glance

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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

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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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UNDP Strategic Plan: 2014-17

Our vision is to help countries achieve the simultaneous eradication of poverty and significant reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

The Speakers Corner
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The Speakers Corner helps connect think tanks, academia, the media and the public to a diverse group of experts who can speak to UNDP’s commitment to “empower lives” and build "resilient nations.”

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