UNDP in the Philippines
UNDP has been working to ensure better lives for the Filipino people since 1965, and has been committed to helping the country achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as well as national development priorities as set out in the Philippine Development Plan and the UN Philippines Partnership Framework for Sustainable Development.
The Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA), signed on 21 July 1977, provided an early framework for UNDPs work in the country as well as the ongoing legal basis for UNDPs operations in the Philippines.
Today, it continues to strengthen the country’s capacities at the national and local levels to promote democratic governance, sustainable management of natural resources, climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, and resilience and peacebuilding. In all its programmes, UNDP integrates human rights and gender equality, believing that everyone should have equal access to the benefits of development.
What do we want to accomplish?
UNDP’s Country Programme Document (2019-2023) focuses on three key areas of intervention: improving access to social services for the poor, supporting the transition to environmentally sustainable development, and responding to the drivers of conflict.
Bringing better services to the marginalized and at-risk is done by further developing efforts of local government units (LGUs), strengthening governance in key national agencies, as well as encouraging more citizens to engage in government policies and programs.
UNDP works to enhance risk-informed policies and programs, support the implementation of the Paris Agreement and improve natural resource management as part of its efforts towards climate action.
The CPD also guides the country towards peace and resilience by assisting in the transition of armed groups to civilians, establishing transitional justice systems and community platforms, and providing socioeconomic opportunities for those in conflict-affected areas.
UNDP also emphasizes human rights, gender equality, empowerment of marginalized and vulnerable populations, and innovation as fundamental, guiding principles throughout its work.
UNDP partners with many government agencies and development stakeholders throughout the Philippines. The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) serves as UNDP’s government counterparts, while many other nation and local agencies act as implementing partners for its projects. UNDP also works with international partners, the private sector and civil society organizations for the implementation of UNDP’s programmes.
Country Programme Document 2019 - 2023
UNDP Philippines will draw on its signature solutions and deep appreciation of the national context to help the Philippines translate economic growth and fiscal space into inclusive national development. UNDP will build upon its existing programme to help deliver on the National Development Plan that is aligned to the Goals.
The UNDP Country Office in the Philippines is led by the following officials:
Our Commitment to Gender Equality
Making gender equality a reality is a core commitment of UNDP. UNDP recognizes that women empowerment and gender equality is vital to achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which envisions a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, where every woman and girl enjoys full gender equality, free from the legal, social and economic barriers to their empowerment. UNDP Philippines integrates gender equality principles across its all areas of work: sustainable development, democratic governance and peace-building, and climate action.
UNDP's goal is to contribute to advancement of gender equality and women’s empowerment in the Philippines. By advancing gender equality and empowering women as leaders and active actors in the development processes so they can shape their lives, UNDP envisages a more inclusive, sustainable and resilient world.
Read more about UNDP's Gender Equality Strategy 2022 - 2025. This strategy describes the future direction of UNDP work on gender equality and the empowerment of women, complementing the Strategic Plan, 2022-2025. The challenge for the next four years will be to help governments shift systems and power structures that generate gender inequalities and women's disempowerment.
The United Nations Development Programme is located at:
15th Floor North Tower, Rockwell Business Center Sheridan, Sheridan Street corner United Street, Highway Hills, 1554 Mandaluyong CityPhilippines
Postal Address: P.O. Box 7285 Domestic Airport
Post Office Locker Box, 1300 Domestic Road
Pasay City, Philippines
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