United Nations Development Programme

United Nations Development Programme in the World

UNDP is the United Nations' global development network and organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with peoples on their own problems and solutions to global, regional and national development challenges. As the UNDP programmes and projects develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners. The ideal outcome of this effort is that countries can pursue their own development needs and deliver quality public services, develop markets, provide justice and security, promote and protect the rights of all social groups.

World leaders have pledged in 2000 to achieve the Millennium Development Goals, including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. The UNDP network links and coordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. UNDP focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery
  • Environment and Energy

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively, to achieve the common development objectives. In all activities, UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women and other potentially vulnerable groups. The UNDP’s policy advice, technical support and advocacy aim at improvements in the people choices and opportunities available to them.

As the UN's global development network, UNDP has the technologies, expertise, policies, financial resources, and not least the courage and determination needed to make things happen. UNDP has emerged as an organization of energy and intellect, of shared knowledge and strong partnerships, of realistic vision for transformation.

UNDP advocates through Goodwill Ambassadors. Global UNDP ambassadors, whose fame helps amplify the universal message of human development and international cooperation, are currently the actor Antonio Banderas, football stars Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane and Didier Drogba, the Japanese actress Misako Konno, tennis player Maria Sharapova and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway.

The global 2010 Human Development Report focuses the global debate on key development issues, providing new measurement tools, innovative analysis and policy proposals. The Report's analytical framework and inclusive approach carry over into regional, national and local Human Development Reports, also supported by UNDP.

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