Global Policy Centres

UNDP's Global Policy Centres contribute to our global development policy advisory functions shaping our global thought leadership by providing evidence-based support and development analytics for the global positioning of the organization and articulation of UNDP's discourse in global development processes.

The Centres provide research support and leverage partnerships to support better use of the organization’s funding for emerging priorities and innovation.  Multi-stakeholder approaches draw on different constituencies in such areas as public-private dialogues, government-civil society dialogue, and design of civil society initiatives and platforms for collaboration with UNDP.  In additon, they measure results and the development impact of public-private cooperation, risk assessment and management/due diligence of private sector partners.

  • Global Centre for Public Service Excellence, Singapore

    The public service and how it performs in developing countries is key to achieving development goals. The Global Centre in Singapore champions excellence in public service by convening events and disseminating researched evidence on collaboration, foresight, innovation, leadership, motivation and reform in public service.more 

  • Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification, Nairobi

    The Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification in Nairobi (GC-RED) is responsible for advancing global thinking and knowledge sharing on inclusive and sustainable development in drylands and other fragile ecosystems. Building on the achievements of the former Drylands Development Centre (DDC), GC-RED undertakes applied research and develops policy knowledge products on how to enhance sustainable livelihoods in communities in fragile ecosystems, while maintaining their long-term ecological viability.more 

  • Istanbul International Centre for Private Sector in Development

    An active engagement of the private sector is critical for the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals and other internationally agreed development commitments. The UNDP Istanbul International Center for Private Sector in Development (IICPSD) supports the private sector and foundations to become transformative partners in development through research and policy advice, advocacy for inclusive business, facilitation of public-private dialogue and brokering partnerships. IICPSD leads UNDP’s global work on private sector and foundations and supports UNDP’s offices all over the world.more 

  • Oslo Governance Centre

    The Oslo Governance Centre (OGC) works to position UNDP as a champion of democratic governance, both as an end in itself, and as a means to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. This is done through knowledge networking and multi-disciplinary team work, as well as through close partnerships with leading policy and research institutions in different parts of the world.more 

  • Seoul Policy Centre for Global Development Partnerships

    The Seoul Policy Centre links Korean experts from the Government, business, think-tanks and academia to policy-makers and practitioners in the developing world. We set up teams to bring solutions to practical development problems around the world.more 

  • World Centre for Sustainable Development (Rio+ Centre)

    The World Centre for Sustainable Development (RIO+ Centre) was established as a legacy of the Rio+20 Conference to keep the commitment to inclusive and sustainable development alive. The RIO+ Centre works with governments, civil society and the private sector to inspire and inform policies and practices that lead to greater social, environmental and economic justice. As a global centre based in the south, RIO+ aims to bolster south-south cooperation and facilitate the participation of the global south in international efforts on sustainable development. more 

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