Sustainable development

UNDP helps countries to simultaneously reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development that leads to transformational change, bringing about real improvements in people’s lives.

We promote an integrated approach to achieve sustainable development that tackles the connected issues of multidimensional poverty, inequality and exclusion, and sustainability, while enhancing knowledge, skills and production technologies to reduce risks and sustain development gains.

We help countries build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, including through managing and sustainably using natural resources; ensuring that natural wealth is used to improve people’s lives; promoting economic recovery and livelihoods, and better targeting policies and social protection for those in need.

Our Goal

Our goal is to strengthen capabilities and opportunities to reduce poverty and marginalization – focusing on the most vulnerable and excluded population groups – in ways that are sustainable from economic, social and environmental standpoints.

Thanks to an innovative public lighting project, these students in Fezna, Morocco feel safe on their way back from school. UNDP supported the installation of advanced solar power systems in isolated desert towns as part of the country’s new ‘sustainable oases’ programme.

At UNDP, we encourage a shift to sustainability, where economic growth benefits poor and marginalized groups, and avoids irreversible environmental damage. Over the past four years, we mobilized nearly

US$2 billion in funding for sustainable development.more

Our Stories

 tea farmers cultivating Xinyang Maofeng tea in the mountainous regions of Xinyang Municipal
UNDP in China

Biodiversity conservation yields organic tea in China

Tea farmers reap the benefits of a UNDP-supported project to address national environmental management and to conserve global biodiversity.more 

UNDP in Uzbekistan

In Uzbekistan, beekeeping benefits communities and the environment

The joint UN Aral Sea Programme seeks to create new income opportunities for rural communities affected by a man-made environmental crisis.more 

UNDP in Milawi

Malawi women turn waste into a sustainable living

The Waste for Wealth project trained 36 women in how to make compost manure from waste products. An organic replacement for fertilizer, the manure enables crops to grow faster and better. more 

UNDP in Venezuela

In Venezuela, music provides hope for impoverished youth

Some 350,000 youths have benefitted from a music education programme, which promotes discipline and healthy past-times, setting children on a path to create better lives for themselves and their families.more 

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Programmes and Initiatives

  • Ebola Crisis in West Africa

    If the outbreak is not contained soon, most of the economic and social gains achieved since peace was restored in Liberia and Sierra Leone and Guinea’s democratic transition began could be reversed.more 

  • Responding to the crisis in Gaza

    By the end of August, more than 475,000 people had been displaced from their homes, unable to return to their destroyed neighbourhoods. The situation in Gaza is unusual as restrictions imposed on the territory’s borders have made it difficult for residents to flee to neighbouring countries.more 

  • Responding to the crisis in Syria

    Four years into the conflict in Syria, close to 60 percent of the population is either internally displaced or has fled the country. The fighting has now drastically rolled back the region’s human development achievements —perhaps by decades.more 

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