For the record

"For the record" provides official responses relating to media coverage on the work of UNDP. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Communications at +1-212-906-5382.

Briefing by UNDP Director of Communications

Briefing by Stéphane Dujarric, Director of Communications for UNDP Good afternoon.I think a number of you may have seen the article which appeared today in a newspaper here in the States regarding a report from the USAID – the U.S. Agency for International Development, from their inspector ge more

UNDP clarifies its relationship with Segolene Royal

UNDP, through its office in Geneva, has indeed been in discussions with Ms. Ségolène Royal, as the President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes, within the context of cooperation between regional and local communities in the developed countries and those in the developing world, in particul more

UNDP Responds To Afghan Report

The recent article posted on ProPublica fails to capture the scope and depth of the UN Development Programme’s assistance to the Afghan people during this electoral process.UNDP, and the international community, has made a conscious decision to work through Afghans and Afghan institutions, inc more

Erroneous press reports regarding UNDP Goodwill Ambassador Zidane

Recent erroneous press reports claimed that retired French football player, Zinedine Zidane will be traveling to Gaza on behalf of UNICEF. The United Nations Development Programme would like to make it clear that Mr. Zidane will not be travelling to Gaza as a UN Goodwill Ambassador, and would also m more

A response to the Heritage Foundation

The Real UN Development System:A Response to the Heritage FoundationThe United Nations needs all the constructive criticism it can get.  As the Washington representative of the UN Development Programme, I can attest that those who work for UN agencies are more focused than anyone else on identifying more

UNDP Response to Fox News Report on DPRK

As “Response to Fox News journalist George Russell following his repeated mischaracterization of UNDP’s operation in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea”Dear George,As Ronald Reagan once said: “here you again.” Every time you mention UNDP or the United Natio more

UNDP response to inaccurate HDR coverage in Rwanda

The headline in the New Times story of 14 November on the 2011 Human Development Report states erroneously that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Rwanda, Aurelien Agbenonci, termed the Report ‘misleading.’  The term ‘misleading’ was never used during the more

UNDP response to inauguration of school in Gaza

As part of its mandate, UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People supports a wide range of development initiatives, including education projects such as building schools. UNDP implemented the construction of this school that was upon completion,  handed over to the Ministry of Ed more

Helen Clark Statement on World Business Development Award

I have worked tirelessly throughout my career to achieve a smoke free society in New Zealand, and was, thus, shocked to learn that a World Business Development Award, supported by UNDP, was given to a company which derives a substantial proportion of its profits from tobacco. Unfortunately the crit more

UNDP sets record straight on WIPO transaction

UNDP has not ``financed’’ the shipment of computers to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea or Iran on behalf of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), as has been erroneously reported in a few media outlets recently.  As a service, UNDP occasionally makes payments on beh more