UNDP in action

01 Aug 2010

As the UN’s global development network, UNDP strives to make a real, concrete difference in the lives of the people whom it ultimately serves. UNDP’s most recent Annual Report UNDP in Action 2009/2010: Delivering on Commitments showcases results.


New Horizons - In 2009, in many of the countries where it operates, UNDP continued to experience a high demand for development advice in high impact areas covering: HIV and AIDS; energy, environment and climate change; crisis prevention and recovery; and achievement of the MDGs.

Speaking about the Annual Report, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said: “This is no time for business as usual approaches to development. On the contrary, this is a time for translating words and promises into action on the ground. This publication, UNDP in Action, has been produced to help illustrate how UNDP can contribute to that.”

UNDP plays an important role in the global push to achieve the MDGs. First, UNDP’s programmatic work supports governments as they work to achieve the MDGs, through policy and technical advice as well as financial support. In fact, a 2009 survey of countries where UNDP provides significant support to national MDG efforts showed that 90 percent had integrated at least one of the MDGs into their national plans. Today, over 60 countries have adopted MDG-based national development strategies with UNDP’s support.

UNDP has also produced an MDG Breakthrough Strategy. The Strategy provides an acceleration framework, which will help countries identify what is holding back MDG progress. It embodies proven interventions and lessons learned in order to address those constraints. It also forms the basis for UNDP support to countries to build a foundation for sustaining the progress achieved, mitigate the risk of reversal and strengthen the partnerships that will be needed to achieve the MDGs by 2015.

UNDP supported elections in 35 countries through technical, advisory and financial assistance in 2009. Since most donor funds target electoral events, the organization launched a three-year, $50 million fund to help countries improve their electoral laws, processes and institutions and to enhance the participation of women in electoral processes.

In 2009 alone, 59 UNDP projects, funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF), enabled 44 countries to avoid emitting approximately 26 million tonnes of co2. Together with UNDP’s Montreal Protocol programme, the UN’s MDG carbon facility played a lead role in developing innovative carbon finance solutions in Latin America and Africa related to the Montreal Protocol. The carbon facility has also put in place a diverse project portfolio, including six projects forecasted to generate 9.4 million carbon credits for the participating countries, representing some $140 million in foreign direct investment.

With the 2010 global review of MDG progress approaching, 2009 was a year for UNDP to both take stock of progress made as well as to accelerate the work needed during the remaining five years. At the same time the global economic crisis required an urgent response from UNDP, especially in terms of helping countries to identify and protect the most vulnerable.