The value of cooperation in a
fractured world

Today’s crises are development emergencies

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Our
mission

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.

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Structural transformation

Including green, inclusive and digital transitions: working with countries to effect change in systems and structures that shape a country’s sustainable development

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Leaving no one behind

A rights-based approach centred on empowerment, inclusion, equity, human agency and human development

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Building resilience

Strengthening countries and institutions to prevent, mitigate and respond to crisis, conflict, natural hazards, climate and social and economic shocks

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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

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Governance

Helping countries address emerging complexities by “future-proofing” governance systems through anticipatory approaches and better management of risk

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Resilience

Supporting countries and communities in building resilience to diverse shocks and crises, including conflict, climate change, disasters and epidemics

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Environment

Putting nature and the environment at the heart of national economies and planning; helping governments protect, manage and value their natural assets

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Energy

Increasing energy access for those furthest behind and accelerating the transition to renewable energy

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Gender equality

Confronting the structural obstacles to gender equality and strengthening women’s economic empowerment and leadership

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Digitalization

Supporting countries to build inclusive, ethical and sustainable digital societies

Strategic innovation

Empowering governments and communities to enhance the performance of entire systems, making them adaptive and resilient

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Development financing

Partnering with governments and the private sector to align public and private capital flows with the SDGs and mobilize finance at scale

Directions of change
Signature solutions
Enablers

Trusted partnerships

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.

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Global
impact

Our work in sustainable development, governance and resilience building.

35

Million

people had better services to tackle poverty

62

Million

people gained access to financial services

290

Million

tonnes of carbon emissions cut

1+

Billion

invested to strengthen resilience to crises