17 Goals to transform our world
This year is the halfway point in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
UNDP at the UN Water Conference
Robust actions needed to manage, conserve, protect water and improve lives
UNDP is supporting the emergency humanitarian response and helping to lay the foundations for long-term recovery and resilience.
'The science is clear that we can keep 1.5C alive with sound, evidence-based policy-making'
Statement by the UNDP Administrator on the IPCC Climate Change 2023: Synthesis Report
UN takes major step forward to prevent catastrophic oil spill in Red Sea as UNDP signs agreement to purchase oil tanker
Purchase of vessel is a critical development in operation to remove more than a million barrels of oil from decaying supertanker off Yemen’s Red Sea coast. Funding still urgently needed to complete safe removal of oil
'Together for the people in Türkiye and Syria'
UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner's remarks at the International Donors’ Conference on the Türkiye-Syria earthquakes
Working together to accelerate recovery and healing
A conversation with UNDP's Resident Representative in Syria following the earthquakes
To achieve the commitments of the Global Biodiversity Framework, local action must take centre stage
Action by Indigenous peoples and local communities around the world helped prompt world leaders’ ambition in the historic Global Biodiversity Framework.
A stimulus plan for the Sustainable Development Goals
UN Secretary-General calls for radical transformation of global financial system to tackle pressing global challenges, while achieving sustainable development
Debt savings of up to US$148 billion could be unlocked by the UN SDG stimulus plan
UNDP policy brief shows an additional US$120 billion in savings could also be generated by 'refinancing' middle-income countries’ bond debt to official creditor rates.
How a new stimulus plan and the existing multilateral system can help
UNDP Administrator addresses students about breaking the cycle of debt crisis
UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.
What we do
UNDP is the United Nations’ lead agency on international development. We support countries and communities as they work to eradicate poverty, implement the Paris Agreement on climate change and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. We advocate for transformative change, and we connect countries to the resources they need to help people build a better life.
Including green, inclusive and digital transitions: working with countries to effect change in systems and structures that shape a country’s sustainable development
Leaving no one behind
A rights-based approach centred on empowerment, inclusion, equity, human agency and human development
Strengthening countries and institutions to prevent, mitigate and respond to crisis, conflict, natural hazards, climate and social and economic shocks
Poverty and inequality
Tackling inequality of opportunities by investing in the enhanced capabilities people need to move above the poverty line and keep moving forward
Helping countries address emerging complexities by “future-proofing” governance systems through anticipatory approaches and better management of risk
Supporting countries and communities in building resilience to diverse shocks and crises, including conflict, climate change, disasters and epidemics
Putting nature and the environment at the heart of national economies and planning; helping governments protect, manage and value their natural assets
Increasing energy access for those furthest behind and accelerating the transition to renewable energy
Confronting the structural obstacles to gender equality and strengthening women’s economic empowerment and leadership
Supporting countries to build inclusive, ethical and sustainable digital societies
Empowering governments and communities to enhance the performance of entire systems, making them adaptive and resilient
Partnering with governments and the private sector to align public and private capital flows with the SDGs and mobilize finance at scale
Partnership is at the heart of everything UNDP does. We offer a nearly universal presence across the world. We are determined to mobilize the means to implement the 2030 Agenda through a revitalized Global Partnership for Sustainable Development, with a focus on the poorest and most vulnerable.JOIN US
Our work in sustainable development, governance and resilience building.
people had better services to tackle poverty
people gained access to financial services
tonnes of carbon emissions cut
invested to strengthen resilience to crises
Human Development Report 2021/2022
Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a Transforming World
UNDP Strategic Plan 2022-2025
Focused on the future of development, UNDP’s bold Strategic Plan is a framework to help countries get back on track to achieve the SDGs.
UNDP Annual Report 2021
A snapshot of the results we achieved together with countries and communities.
Regaining lost ground against TB
The COVID-19 pandemic reversed progress against TB, the world’s second deadliest infectious disease. But this is a year of hope, as the world looks to the second ...
Peacebuilding by women, for women
UNDP works with women leaders, healthcare workers, and peace builders to equip women with the tools and knowledge to address mental health trauma - individual or ...
Three ways digital transformation accelerates sustainable and inclusive development
UNDP supports countries seeking to accelerate digital transformation with a whole-of-society approach. Collective efforts are required to make sure that the digit...
No organization, government or any other single entity for that matter can navigate the complexity and uncertainty we are facing today on its own. Radical uncerta...
Can groundwater act as a catalyst for sustainable development in Africa’s borderlands?
Reversing the impact of climate change on rainfall patterns in the Horn is not possible – future droughts due to limited rainfall are likely to happen. The Horn o...
Be inspired but remain humble: UNDP’s mission to tackle racism in development programming
On 21 March, we mark the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. I joined UNDP in October 2022 as a Senior Advisor on Anti-Racism to assis...
Recentring nature to solve the global water crisis
Amid a worsening global water crisis, world leaders will gather at UN Headquarters from 22 to 24 March for the first UN Water Conference since 1977. During this h...