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Welcome to YOUNDP In Brief! 
This site is designed to provide a short introduction to UNDP for those who are either considering working with UNDP or are about to start a new position with us. It serves as a complement to the more comprehensive support provided by the internal resource titled YOUNDP: Your Introduction to UNDP, which is available to all UNDP personnel with access to our intranet.


Our Organization


A world of development experience


UNDP works in nearly 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. Last year, world leaders adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to continue the work of the Millennium Development Goals. UNDP is working to strengthen new frameworks for development, disaster risk reduction and climate change. We support countries' efforts to achieve the new Sustainable Development Goals, or Global Goals, which will guide global development priorities for the next 15 years.
UNDP focuses on helping countries build and share solutions in three main areas:
·         Sustainable development
In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women, minorities and the poorest and most vulnerable. 

Visit the UNDP website at for more information. 



Our Values

In our daily work at UNDP there are standards to which we are all held in our role as international civil servants of the United Nations, including the ethical standards expected of us, and the principles of accountability that guide us. UNDP holds a set of six corporate values that defines behaviour expected of all UNDP personnel, regardless of function or level. They are:
     · Accountability    
     · Integrity
     · Transparency
     · Mutual respect
     · Professionalism
     · Results orientation
More information on our values and responsibilities can be found here.



Where Do We Work?

UNDP is on the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, partnering with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis, and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. 
You can find more details on our successes and ongoing work in these countries and territories on the UNDP website under the tab at the top of the page titled "UNDP around the World".​


What does UNDP do?

At UNDP what we do on an everyday basis affects the lives of millions of people around the world. Irrespective of where we are based or what our work assignment is, each of us makes an impact. Our work is leading edge international development; our work touches lives; our work is UNDP.

"UNDP's One Day on Earth" gives you a glimpse of what we do. It is an 8-minute film made up of images taken by UNDP personnel across the globe on a single day - available in English, French, and Spanish:




UNDP and the UN system

An overview of the UN system (and UNDP's place in it) can be found here:
The Administrator of UNDP also chairs the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), through which the Resident Coordinator System is managed.


Useful Documents

Here is our pick of the most relevant and useful documents that will help you understand the organizational context of working at UNDP. These lists, one for UNDP and one for the UN system, are by no means exhaustive, and we have organized them by the order in which we suggest you become familiar with them.
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