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Global Policy and Programme Centres

Based in Istanbul, Oslo, Seoul, Singapore, Rome and Doha, the Policy and Programme Centres span policy, programme and representational functions and make vital contributions to UNDP’s policies, programmes and practice. Each of the Centres respond to the policy, programme and engagement needs of UNDP and its partners, enabling access to substantive expertise and connectivity with external networks and resources.  

    The Istanbul Centre for Private Sector in Development supports the private sector and foundations to become transformative partners in development through research, advocacy for inclusive business, facilitation of public-private dialogue and multi-stakeholder partnerships. The Centre’s work to engage the private sector and foundations focuses on delivering policy advisory and technical services in four areas: i) Develop inclusive and competitive markets; ii)  Foster private sector engagement and advocacy with the UN system; iii) Support capacity development to harness trilateral development cooperation and South-South partnership; iv) Convene business and supporting actors to expand dialogue and create actionable public-private partnerships.

    Global Policy Centre for Governance is UNDP's dedicated knowledge, research and analytical Centre for governance issues. Based in Oslo, the Centre draws on the experience of practitioners, policymakers and researchers, serving as a convener of new ideas, conduit of frontier research and connecter of disciplines. Through these efforts, the Centre aspires to be a conversation starter and meeting space that fosters transformative change of governance systems in national and global policymaking.

    The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre is a facilitator of innovative development cooperation to catalyse the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and enhances UNDP’s partnership with Korea on strategic development issues globally. Through its SDG Partnerships programme and South-South and triangular cooperation initiatives, the Centre supports UNDP country offices by sharing innovative, tested-and-proven practices and policy tools of the Republic of Korea. The Centre’s programmatic focuses are: i) Development Cooperation Approaches and Modalities; ii) Governance and Gender; iii) Green Recovery and Transition; and iv) Private Sector Engagement and Development.

    The Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development in Singapore (GCTISD) is a joint initiative by the Government of Singapore and UNDP, which aims at identifying and co-creating technological solutions for sustainable development. Drawing on the dynamic ecosystem of public and private sector actors in Singapore, the Centre curates partnerships, identifies solutions and connects partners and innovations with UNDP’s Global Policy Network and development partners. The focus areas of the Centre are: i) Climate finance and technology; ii) Fintech for micro, small and medium sized enterprises; iii) Digital technologies for cities; iv) Digital inclusion and the development impact of digital scams.

    The UNDP Rome Centre delivers on Youth for Climate and Energy Initiatives. Youth4Climate: Powering Action brings together existing and new online and offline resources, tools, capacities, partnerships, networks and movements by and for youth, with a strong focus on implementation, for more sustained impact on climate on the ground.

    The Energy Portfolio focuses on the promotion of renewable energy access, with particular attention to the African context in coordination with the UNDP global initiative for renewable energy with a geographical focus in Algeria, Comoros, Eswatini, Kenya, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda and Zambia.

    The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been operational in Doha, Qatar since August 2021. UNDP in Qatar serves as an interlocutor between the State of Qatar represented by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Qatar Fund for Development as global development partners, and key national strategic partners in the State of Qatar. It offers seamless access to substantive technical policy advisory services, expertise and connectivity to the State of Qatar with UNDP’s Global Policy Network architecture. Key roles of UNDP’s presence in Qatar are: ​​​​​​​ii) To strengthen the growing, strategic and multifaceted partnerships between the State of Qatar and UNDP on the future of development; ii) Facilitate co-creation in the new frontiers of innovative and transformative development solutions, build long-term capacity, organize policy dialogues and advocacy in multilateral platforms, and forge impactful partnerships at scale at the country, regional and global levels to achieve the SDGs.