UNDP Around the world

  • Achim Steiner takes office as Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme Jun 19, 2017

    The UN Development Programme today welcomed Achim Steiner as he begins a four-year term as Administrator of the Organization. Mr. Steiner’s appointment as the new head of the UN’s lead development agency was confirmed by the UN General Assembly in April this year, following his nomination by Secretary-General António Guterres.

  • UNDP and Cousteau Society join hands to protect and restore the oceans for sustainable development Jun 15, 2017

    Following the historic Ocean Conference (June 5-9), held to achieve the targets set for the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 14, ‘Life Below Water’ , the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Cousteau Society signed a Memorandum of Understanding today, to undertake a range of ocean-related joint and coordinated activities at the global, regional and national level. Programmes run by UNDP and the Cousteau Society share a number of geographic areas such as the Black Sea, Red Sea and the Comoros Islands.

  • Thirteen years of conflicts and serious human rights violations documented in the Central African Republic Jun 8, 2017

    The report, which documents 620 cases of serious violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law, recommends ways to initiate the process of transitional justice and break the cycle of impunity.

  • Honouring the memory of Jacques Cousteau Jun 8, 2017

    On the occasion of the World Ocean Day, UNDP, the Cousteau Society, and its partners working on sustainable ocean governance celebrate the work of Jacques-Yves Cousteau, an Oceanographer who studied the sea and all forms of life in water and left his mark forever on the planet.

  • UN agencies and Microsoft join hands to create jobs for communities affected by the Syria crisis May 23, 2017

    United Nations agencies and Microsoft today signed an agreement to work together to create jobs for communities affected by the Syria crisis. Since the start of the conflict more than six years ago, countries neighboring Syria have seen increasing social and economic strain, as instability has disrupted economic development and resources have been stretched thin to meet the growing needs of refugees and vulnerable host communities.

  • UNDP Releases VR Film Ground Beneath Her, a Window into the Continuing Devastation of Nepal’s 2015 Earthquake Apr 25, 2017

    Ground Beneath Her is a virtual reality film that showcases the struggle of 14-year-old Sabita. More than a year after the earthquake, Sabita must balance the pain of picking up the pieces after the devastating quake and fulfilling the everyday duties of a fractured home, all while trying to keep her dreams for her future alive.

  • Successful project to address marine bio-invasions concludes Mar 27, 2017

    A decade-long project to promote implementation of an international treaty stemming the transfer of potentially invasive species in ships’ ballast water has reached a successful conclusion at a meeting of stakeholders from Governments, industry and UN bodies.

  • UNDP and IBM join forces to develop tech skills of Africa’s young workforce Feb 13, 2017

    IBM is investing $70 million in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. With UNDP support, IBM's newly launched initiative – IBM Digital - Nation Africa – will provide free skills development programs to as many as 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.

  • Making Afghanistan a Safer Place: 250 Women Police Return From Training in Turkey Feb 12, 2017

    Since 2013, UNDP and Afghanistan's Ministry of Interior Affairs, with funding from the government of Japan, have trained nearly 1,000 female officers at a state-of-the-art training facility in Turkey.

  • UNDP and Japan support internally displaced in northeast Nigeria Jan 6, 2017

    The Government of Japan, together with UNDP and its implementing partners, continue to provide support to the people affected by the ongoing military insurgency in the region through projects in livelihood and social cohesion, as well as in de-radicalization, counter-terrorism and migration.