UNDP and the UN

UNDP is central to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), a network that spans 165 countries and unites the 32 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies and other bodies working to advance sustainable development. The UNDP Administrator serves as Chair, providing strategic leadership, vision and oversight and setting priorities for the UNDG and its various working mechanisms.

UNDP has a critical advisory role in driving the development agenda, based on Member States’ priorities and country context and plays an important role in fostering coordination within the UN system at country level, including management of the UN Resident Coordinator system. UNDP participates in 66 “Delivering as One” initiatives, providing country-level support for implementation to reduce transaction costs and duplication of efforts while enhancing cost-effectiveness.

UNDP also reinforces joint action on development in such forums as the Economic and Social Council and the General Assembly of the United Nations.

Stories with our partners

  • Women forge peace along the Kyrgyz-Tajik border
    Sep 14, 2017

    As conflict brewed between their two countries, neighbours Kurbanova and Avezova stopped talking to each other at first, but soon they realized that they needed a different approach.

  • Loans and energy-saving technology transform lives in rural Ethiopia
    Aug 23, 2017

    Through a joint programme with UN Women, over 19,500 women across Ethiopia have benefited from interest-free loans, along with entrepreneurship training.

  • Women gear up for elections in Kenya
    Aug 4, 2017

    Ahead of general elections in Kenya, UNDP is working with UN Women and OHCHR to strengthen electoral processes and empower women as candidates and voters.

  • Innovation for development in Uganda
    May 15, 2017

    Refugees from South Sudan and host communities in Uganda team up to propose solutions for shared challenges.

  • Protecting our planet's lungs
    May 5, 2017

    As a member of Boca Isiriwe, one of the 10 native communities in this protected territory, Cirila defends the largest, most intact primary forest in Peru’s Southern Amazon region from the ravages of mining and illegal logging. The Amarakaeri Communal Reserve is source of livelihoods for more than 1,700 indigenous people.

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