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We build on our existing assets—worldwide presence, thought leadership, and over 50 years of experience—to help countries and communities respond to a fast-changing development landscape.

Our mission


On the ground in about 170 countries and territories, UNDP works to eradicate poverty while protecting the planet. We help countries develop strong policies, skills, partnerships and institutions so they can sustain their progress.

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Our impact

31M

people had better access to services to tackle poverty

20M

people gained access to
financial services

256M

tonnes of carbon emissions
cut

(2018 results)


 

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UNDP is committed to ending poverty once and for all. That’s why we work to get to the root causes of poverty and create lasting change. The good news is we have a plan. But we need your help to get the job done.

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"Whenever I use reason or logic, I am very pessimistic. Whenever I listen to my heart and to my faith - and I have faith in humanity - I become very optimistic."Jacques Cousteau

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