The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations' global development network, is the largest multilateral source of development assistance in the world. The UNDP is an executive board within the United Nations Economic and Social Council.
Headquartered in New York City, the UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. The organization has country offices in 166 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity. Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNDP provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. To accomplish the MDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programs.
Furthermore, UNDP publishes an annual Human Development Report to measure and analyze developmental progress. In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports.
The head of UNDP, the Administrator, is de facto the third high-ranking official in the UN, after the Secretary-General and the Deputy Secretary-General. His deputy is the Associate Administrator, also with the rank of Under-Secretary-General.
Currently the Associate Administrator is Ad Melkert, a former social-democrat Minister of Social Affairs of the Netherlands (photo: Ad Melkert visiting the areas affected by Chernobyl, 20 April 2006 / UN Office in Belarus).
The work of UNDP is supported by its Goodwill Ambassadors, among others Nadine Gordimer, Zinedine Zidane and Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway.
The official UNDP website.
UNDP in Wikipedia.
last revised: 21 February 2008