United Nation Development Programme – (UNDP)


Looking to the future

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.



This is a critical time for the world. At UNDP, we see this period as a huge opportunity to advance the global sustainable development agenda. In September 2015, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities through 2030.

UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:

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

Is UNDP the workplace for you?

Are you passionate about development issues and want to make a difference for people and planet?

We need dedicated, dynamic and adaptable professionals who think creatively and are proactive, flexible and responsive.

Do you believe in the UN Values of integrity, professionalism and respect for diversity?

What are the Sustainable Development Goals?

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), otherwise known as the Global Goals, are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity.These 17 Goals build on the successes of the Millennium Development Goals, while including new areas such as climate change, economic inequality, innovation, sustainable consumption, peace and justice, among other priorities. The goals are interconnected – often the key to success on one will involve tackling issues more commonly associated with another.


What is UNDP’s role?

The SDGs came into effect in January 2016, and they will continue to guide UNDP policy and funding until 2030. As the lead UN development agency, UNDP is uniquely placed to help implement the Goals through our work in some 170 countries and territories.

Our strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peacebuilding, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies. This work is already underway, as we support many countries in accelerating progress already achieved under the Millennium Development Goals.

Our track record working across multiple goals provides us with a valuable experience and proven policy expertise to ensure we all reach the targets set out in the SDGs by 2030. But we cannot do this alone.

Achieving the SDGs requires the partnership of governments, private sector, civil society and citizens alike to make sure we leave a better planet for future generations. #NextGenUNDP

Gender, diversity and inclusiveness

UNDP believes that an inclusive culture attracts the best talent. Our diverse workforce delivers effectively by tapping into different perspectives, experiences, knowledge and approaches.  We are leveraging our workforce’s potential, and achieving greater organisational excellence.



UNDP’s Strategy for Gender Parity includes taking measures to address challenges to achieving an equal balance of men and women at each level of post.

UNDP’s Strategy for Advancing Diversity and Inclusiveness is to create a work environment welcoming to all, where everyone feels valued and can perform at their best regardless of age, gender, gender identity, disability, race, caste, ethnicity, nationality, religion, sexual orientation or any other status.

Read more about these topics on our website.

The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), was established in 1974, to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the United Nations system.

In line with the Strategic Framework designed to guide the work of the UNOSSC 2018-2021, the overarching goal of UNOSSC is to support Member States efforts to achieve the eradication of poverty in all its forms and to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment so as to achieve the 2030 Agenda through enhanced South-South cooperation, including triangular cooperation.

At the intergovernmental level, the UNOSSC serves as the Secretariat to the High-level Committee (HLC) on South-South Co-operation, a subsidiary body of the General Assembly, which provides policy directives and guidance and reviews progress on South-South Co-operation globally. The UNOSSC is also responsible for the preparation of reports for various intergovernmental bodies, including the annual report of the Secretary-General on the state of South-South Co-operation, as well as ad hoc reports emanating from intergovernmental decisions.

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