About us

United Nations Development Programme 

As the United Nations lead agency on international development, UNDP works in 170 countries and territories to eradicate poverty and reduce inequality. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities, and to build resilience to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable development, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.


UNDP's Social and Environmental Standards 

The Social and Environmental Standards (SES) reinforce UNDP’s commitment to mainstream social and environmental sustainability in our Programmes and Projects to support sustainable development. The standards are integral to UNDP’s quality assurance and risk management approach to programming and assist UNDP staff, implementing partners, and responsible parties in managing social and environmental risks and impacts.

Through the application of the SES and an Accountability Mechanism, UNDP enhances the consistency, transparency, and accountability of its decision-making and actions, improving performance and strengthening the achievement of positive  and sustainable development outcomes.