European Year for Development

European Year for Development


United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion.

About us

On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations in three main areas:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding
  • Climate and Disaster Resilience

In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable.

Our vision on development aid in 3 questions

Why should we care about development aid?

In the unprecedented UN-led global and national consultations on the Future We Want, people around the world said that reducing poverty, hunger and malnutrition, access to education, good health, clean water and equality between women and men are key to building a fairer, more prosperous and safer world for all. As the new development agenda shapes up, consolidating and expanding our partnerships with national and international partners will be crucial to fulfill the future sustainable development goals (SDGs).

What is the added value of the EU as a global player?

EU is a very important partner to UNDP in contributing to our common global development agenda. Our unique partnership is currently supporting millions of people in over 100 countries. We share the same values and objectives - respect for human rights and the rule of law; equal access to development opportunities for all; and fight against poverty around the world. EU’s support to UNDP’s leadership role in helping countries achieve and monitor progress against MDGs has been crucial. Both UNDP and EU are active partners in the dialogue on the post-2015 development agenda.

How can each of us make a difference?

We can work together to empower people as citizens in countries around the world, strengthen the democratic institutions and reinforce the national entities which have the responsibilities for the development of their countries as part of the global sustainable development agenda.

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Laura Beke
UN Coordination Officer

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