UN operation underway to prevent catastrophic oil spill in Red Sea
A salvage vessel has arrived at the site of a decaying supertanker off Yemen’s Ras Issa peninsula to prepare for removal of more than 1 million barrels of oil. More funding is urgently required to complete the operation.
Young leaders innovating and creating opportunities in Africa
Tech entrepreneur and Generation17 Young Leader Tafara Makaza reflects on his journey from exploring the mysteries of the cosmos to a mission grounded in real-world impact.
Restrictions on women’s rights will worsen economic catastrophe in Afghanistan, UNDP warns
New study shows, despite some improvements in economic indicators in 2022, growth remains below the levels required to break the poverty trap. Decisions restricting women’s education and work threaten a reduction in aid with grave consequences.
Lowering the costs of borrowing in Africa
UNDP report shows more objective credit ratings could save billions for countries’ development.
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
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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.
Why ‘green days’ are essential to a global environmental movement
There are several reasons why international environmental days are essential. And there are good reasons for hope and for celebration when it comes to the environ...
The destruction of nature threatens the world economy. It’s time to outlaw it as a serious financial crime
From extinctions to deforestation, humanity is paying the ultimate price for allowing the global economy to undervalue nature and natural resources.
Powerhouse for strong adaptation systems: Monitoring, evaluation and learning
When it comes to adapting to climate change, data collected on changes in our environment is a core piece of the puzzle. But another critical piece is looking at ...
How community-based care drives Angola’s progress against TB
TB is the world’s second deadliest infectious disease. In strengthening community-based health services, the Government of Angola, UNDP and the Global Fund are wo...
Why investing through a gender and marginalization lens is good for business
The private sector has much to gain from addressing gender equality and marginalization. UNDP SDG Impact aims to make these opportunities more visible.
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 ...