UNDP at 50: Global Ministers meet to chart course for future

Feb 19, 2016

An historic United Nations meeting marks the founding of UNDP in 1966.

In 2016, the United Nations Development Programme will celebrate 50 years at the heart of international development. To mark the occasion, Ministers from across the world will meet in New York on February 24 to chart a course for the future of global development.

Ministers will be involved in high-level debates on how to translate ambitious global commitments – from financing development, eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, addressing climate change and building peace – into concrete action and results. They will share their visions on making the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) a reality, building a more prosperous, fair, and inclusive world for all. 

What:             UNDP 50th anniversary Ministerial Meeting General Assembly sessions 
When:            February 24, 2016, 10-11:10am and 3-6pm
Where:           United Nations General Assembly Hall, New York
Who:              Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator
                      Mogens Lykketoft, President of the UN General Assembly
                      Foreign and other Ministers involved in development issues from across the world.

For 50 years, UNDP has been on the frontlines of global development, by building institutions, increasing resilience, helping countries implement vital reforms, and coordinating the essential work of the UN system. Our work has contributed to major development gains in many countries around the world.

February’s Ministerial meeting is taking place at a crucial moment in the evolution of international development. UNDP is also evolving, and it is important to understand how member states want to partner with UNDP to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and their own national development goals.

Please see the meeting agenda for more information on individual General Assembly sessions. For information on UNDP’s 50th anniversary, visit the official website. Media representatives must register in advance in order to attend; please contact: Adam Cathro, UNDP, adam.cathro@undp.org, +1 212 906 5326

Contact information

Adam Cathro, UNDP, adam.cathro@undp.org, +1 212 906 5326

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