Programming Principles


UNDP applies the United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) guiding principles for UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Frameworks (Cooperation Frameworks).1 These principles form the normative foundation for the Cooperation Framework and integrated programming in all country contexts, with "leave no one behind" as the overarching and unifying principle. Leaving no one behind and reaching the furthest behind first is at the core of programming and advocacy  efforts across all UN agendas. This principle is further elaborated through the guiding principles of human rights; gender equality and women's empowerment; sustainability and resilience; and accountability. The SES reinforce a "principled"approach to all UNDP programming.

The SES Programming Principles relate to the following areas:


Footnotes: ​

(1) UNSDG, UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, June 2019.

(2) "Principled" is one of UNDP's 7 quality standards for all programming.