As the United Nations’ lead agency on global growth, UNDP works in 170 countries and colonies to eradicate poverty and decrease imbalance. They support countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering capabilities, and institutional abilities, and to build strength to accomplish the Sustainable Development Goals. Our work is concentrated in three focus areas; sustainable growth, democratic governance and peace building, and climate and disaster resilience.
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What does UNDP do?
UNDP’s assignment is to end poverty and build democratic governance, the rule of law, and inclusive institutions. We advocate for change, and connect countries to knowledge, experience and resources to support people build a better life.
UNDP is based on the merging of the United Nations Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, created in 1949, and the United Nations Special Fund, established in 1958. UNDP, as we know it now, was established in 1966 by the General Assembly of the United Nations.
The UN Charter
The Charter of the United Nations was marked in San Francisco on 26 June 1945, at the conclusion of the United Nations Conference on International Organization, and came into force on 24 October 1945. Its objectives and principles are to sustain international peace and security, develop friendly relations among nations based on equivalent rights and self-determination, and gain international cooperation in solving economic, social, cultural, or humanitarian challenges without distinction for race, sex, language, or religion.