European Union

UNDP - Belgium Partnership


Our Strategic Plan 2022-2025 aims to address the increasingly complex and overlapping issues testing our planet and societies. It recognizes that there is a pressing need to address the challenges of inequality, climate change and governance.

Partnerships are an integral and greatly valued part of our work, key to eradicate poverty, support countries on their pathways towards the SDGs and the Paris Agreement and lay the foundations for sustainable development and lasting peace.

Belgium is one of UNDP’s top 15 partners contributing to our core funding, which enables us to respond quickly and flexibly when crises strike, pioneer and spread new ideas to address extreme poverty and to get the most out of every dollar spent. It allows us to work with those who need our help the most from Day One. Core resources underpin UNDP’s operational capacity, networks and presence at global, regional and country levels, in 170 countries and territories.

As a multi-annual contributor to UNDP’s core funding, Belgium’s support has been vital to support the world’s poorest countries battle poverty and inequality, respond to COVID-19 pandemic and address its socio-economic impact, strengthen national climate plans through the Climate Promise and tackle gender-based violence.

More so, Belgium has been supporting UNDP initiatives in countries of priority assistance for its development cooperation, mainly in Africa and the Arab States regions:

  • In Iraq, we have supported the return of over 4.9 million people displaced by ISIL while 8 million people have access to critical infrastructure and services.
  • In Gaza, we work to improve natural resources management, reduce and manage waste, create green jobs and improve livelihoods.
  • In Rwanda, we are expanding the social and economic inclusion of youth, women and persons with disabilities, key for country's development reset.
  • In Niger, Belgium is supporting the Biodiversity Finance Initiative, which helps identify sustainable finance solutions to tackle its accelerated level of biodiversity degradation through conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity
  • In Senegal, 700 women entrepreneurs benefited from economic scholarships which helped to boost their income-generating activities and provide for their families.