Asia and the Pacific


A partner of choice

Partnership is at the heart of everything UNDP does. We offer a nearly universal presence. Our substantial expertise—both intellectual acumen and practical experience—cuts across diverse development issues and settings. These valuable assets combined with our long legacy of trust have made us a global partner of choice.

In the Asia-Pacific region, UNDP partners with National Governments, Development Partners, Private Sector, International Financial Institutions and Civil Society Organizations to help communities solve their developmental challenges in innovative ways and improve their quality of life.


In the Asia-Pacific region, home to some of world’s fastest and largest economies with two-third of the world’s working-age population, UNDP is working closely with national governments in the region in fast-tracking the effort to planning, budgeting and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, through innovative projects on for example youth employment, technology transfer, climate adaptation and mitigation, and disaster preparedness.

As many countries in the region moves to middle income category, UNDP’s serves as a development advisor, and Government contributes to the joint development efforts with its resources, both human and financially.

Learn more about the contributing countries that make UNDP’s work possible.

United Nations System

The UNDP Administrator is the Vice-Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Group, which unites the 40 UN entities that contribute to the attainment of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development at the country level and which collectively constitute the UN development system (UNDS). The UNSDG provides strategic direction and oversight to ensure UNDS entities deliver coherent, effective and efficient support to countries seeking to achieve sustainable development. As UNSDG Vice-Chair, the Administrator convenes the UNSDG Core Group comprised of the Executive Heads of DESA, FAO, ILO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UN Women, WFP, WHO and the rotating chairs of the Regional Economic Commissions. UNDP’s integrator mandate serves both as a foundation for a strong UN development system, and as a key provider of integrated services and platforms in support of a coherent UN system approach to the achievement of the SDGs.  

International Financial Institutions

International Financial Institutions (IFIs) are an important source of development funding. They account for a large portion of the non-core (earmarked, project-specific) funding of UNDP. UNDP has formal agreements with some IFIs (the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Islamic Development Bank), and is working on additional agreements.

In the Asia-Pacific Region, UNDP works closely with ADB, World Bank and KfW to advance regional action to end poverty and inequality, support better environmental stewardship, and promote shared prosperity and well-being for all. With a global reach of expertise, UNDP partners with the Governments in the region to address the bottlenecks in implementing the programmes financed by the IFIs.

Private Sector

The private sector has been an important partner in development by fostering innovation, providing funding and promoting entrepreneurship in developing countries. In many of our programme countries the preconditions for private sector development and the emergence of inclusive markets (i.e. markets that extend choice and opportunity to the poor as producers, consumers and wage earners) are not yet in place. UNDP facilitates clusive market development, focuses on connecting and integrating local producers with domestic and global markets. 

UNDP works with key private businesses in the region to drive economies and make growth inclusive through investments and business creation, innovation and knowledge transfer, thus providing people with livelihoods and furnishing the means to lift them out of poverty. Home to the world’s largest work force, Asia Pacific region UNDP leverages private sector investments by de-risking and strengthening the linkages between resources and communities. 


Both global and local foundations are providing strong backing for UNDP's development activities. We recognize the tremendous knowledge that foundations offer, ranging from governance and environment to health and financial inclusion; and work with them at the community level to better address local issues.

Civil Society Organizations

For UNDP, civil society constitutes the full range of formal and informal organizations that are outside the state and market. This includes social movements, volunteer organizations, indigenous peoples' organizations, mass-based membership organizations, non-governmental organizations, and community-based organizations, as well as communities and citizens acting individually and collectively.

UNDP partners with civil society organizations in programme implementation and policy advocacy. At the country level, this often means working with them to provide basic services in the areas of health, education, water delivery, agricultural extension and micro-credit provision.

Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates

UNDP has long enlisted the voluntary services and support of prominent figures as Goodwill Ambassadors and Advocates to shine a spotlight on important issues affecting our planet and its people. These well-known individuals are at the top of their field—whether it's film, television, music, art or sports— and share a commitment to making the planet a better place.