16 years of human development could be wiped out
Poverty in the State of Palestine set to soar by more than a third if war continues for a second month, UNDP and Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia warn
Human Climate Horizons: Climate change’s impact on coastal flooding to increase 5-times over this century
Over 70 million people will be put in the path of expanding floodplains, according to new UNDP and CIL data
UNDP at COP28
The Global Stocktake: 2023 UN Climate Change Conference is a moment for critical reflection
COP28: Course correction for climate?
Seizing our best opportunity to make the future possible
Life in Gaza under war, through Iman’s eyes
Iman Husseini, Assistant Special Representative for UNDP’s Programme of Assistance to the Palestinian People, has dedicated her life to serving her fellow Gazans. She talks about conditions in the occupied Palestinian territory during the ongoing siege.
UNDP Administrator's informal briefing to the UN General Assembly on the humanitarian situation in Gaza
'On top of this humanitarian catastrophe, as is often the case in war and conflict situations, a development crisis is already unfolding'
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
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
UNDP Annual Report 2022
A snapshot of the results we achieved together with countries and communities.
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.
Let communities lead
The theme for World AIDS Day 2023 is“let communities lead”. By partnering with key population-led organizations, civil society, national governments and others, U...
Why aren’t we recycling more plastic?
Although plastic recycling technology has been around for decades, most of our plastic waste today still ends up in landfills. So why recycling rates are so low? ...
A brighter future: Lillian
#WithHer: Lillian Nakayingo is one of almost a million women and girls in Uganda who have accessed services for survivors of gender-based violence, with the suppo...
Humanitarian chiefs will not take part in unilateral proposals to create “safe zones” in Gaza - Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee
Statement by Principals of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee: As humanitarian leaders, our position is clear: We will not participate in the establishment of an...
Three reasons climate change education is critical for adaptation and resilience
Education provides the most consistent pathway out of poverty and vulnerability, it is said. UNDP and UNITAR look at how this argument plays out for climate chang...
Umuganda: Rwanda’s audacity of hope to end plastic pollution
Inspired by Rwanda’s whole-of-society commitment to end plastic pollution, UNDP organized its first Global Plastics Community of Practice conference in Kigali, wi...
Unlocking sustainable investments in food systems
Amidst the complex landscape of the food system exists a tremendous opportunity for sustainable investment. UNDP and the Good Food Finance Network (GFFN) are work...