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The United Nations
United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. Headquartered in New York City, UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It provides expert advice, training and grants support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. It promotes technical and investment cooperation among nations. The status of UNDP is that of an executive board within the United Nations
United Nations
General Assembly. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest-ranking official of the United Nations after the United Nations
United Nations
Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.[3] To accomplish the SDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programmes. The UNDP Human Development Report Office also publishes an annual Human Development Report (since 1990) to measure and analyse developmental progress. In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports.[4] UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. The organization operates in 177 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 Sustainable Development Goals
Sustainable Development Goals
(SDGs). UNDP was one of the main UN agencies involved in the development of the Post-2015 Development Agenda. UNDP works with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners. However UNDP offers to help only if the different nations request it to do so.[5]

Contents

1 Founding 2 Budget

2.1 Funding information table

3 Functions

3.1 Democratic governance 3.2 Poverty reduction 3.3 Crisis prevention and recovery 3.4 Environment and energy 3.5 HIV/AIDS 3.6 Hub for Innovative Partnerships 3.7 Human Development Report 3.8 Evaluation

4 Global Policy Centers 5 UN co-ordination role

5.1 United Nations
United Nations
Development Group 5.2 Resident coordinator system

6 Controversies

6.1 NSA surveillance 6.2 Allegations of UNDP resources used by Hamas 6.3 Criticism 6.4 Disarmament and controversy

7 Administrator

7.1 Associate Administrator 7.2 Assistant Administrators

8 Goodwill Ambassadors

8.1 Global Ambassadors

9 See also 10 References 11 External links

Founding[edit] The UNDP was founded on 22 November 1965 with the merging of the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance (EPTA) and the Special Fund.[6] The rationale was to "avoid duplication of [their] activities". The EPTA was set up in 1949 to help the economic and political aspects of underdeveloped countries while the Special
Special
Fund was to enlarge the scope of UN technical assistance.[7] The Special Fund arose from the idea of a Special
Special
United Nations
United Nations
Fund for Economic Development (SUNFED) (which was initially called UNFED). Countries such as the Nordic countries were proponents of such a United Nations
United Nations
(UN) controlled fund. However, the fund was opposed by developed countries, especially by the United States
United States
who was wary of the Third World
Third World
dominating such a funding and preferred it to be under the auspices of the World Bank. The concept of SUNFED was dropped to form the " Special
Special
Fund". This Special
Special
Fund was some compromise over the SUNFED concept, it did not provide investment capital, but only helped to bring pre-conditions for private investment. With the US proposing and creating the International Development Association within the World Bank's umbrella, the EPTA and the Special Fund appeared to be conducting similar work. In 1962, the United Nations Economic and Social Council asked the Secretary General to consider the merits and disadvantages of merging UN technical assistance programs and in 1966, the EPTA and the Special
Special
Fund merged to form the UNDP.[8][9][10] Budget[edit] In 2013, UNDP’s entire budget was approximately US$5 billion.[11] Funding information table[edit] The following table lists the top 15 DAC 5 Digit Sectors[12] to which UNDP has committed funding, as recorded in its International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI) publications. The UNDP claims on the IATI Registry website that the data covers 100% of development flows.[13] UNDP topped the Aid Transparency Index published by Publish What You Fund in 2015 and 2016. "The United Nations
United Nations
Development Programme (UNDP) tops the Index for the second time with an excellent score of 93.3%, the only organisation to score above 90%". [14]

Committed funding (US$ millions)

Sector 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Sum

Security system management and reform 624.3 541.7 591.6 643.8 656.4 3,057.9

STD control including HIV/AIDS 415.9 421.4 412.1 465.2 483.5 2,198.1

Public sector policy and administrative management 216.3 299.3 372.2 456.9 462.9 1,807.7

Decentralisation and support to subnational government 256.7 327.5 302.7 338.4 505.8 1,731.1

Reconstruction relief and rehabilitation 249.0 282.5 338.1 376.5 422.0 1,668.2

Elections 157.8 267.8 330.3 279.0 149.8 1,184.7

Disaster
Disaster
prevention and preparedness 146.4 170.2 211.2 243.7 241.3 1,012.9

Energy policy and administrative management 113.3 157.0 198.9 212.3 316.2 997.6

General budget support 77.6 142.7 263.1 223.7 273.9 981.1

Social/ welfare services 108.7 149.4 155.4 219.4 195.2 828.1

Legal and judicial development 62.1 76.6 97.5 113.8 106.9 456.8

Environmental policy and administrative management 49.6 63.4 70.9 95.4 122.0 401.3

Power generation/renewable sources 42.8 44.4 60.3 101.0 125.2 373.7

Democratic participation and civil society 56.3 62.1 62.1 65.9 76.6 323.0

Human rights 28.1 45.5 52.4 88.5 56.2 270.8

Other 334.5 315.5 379.8 507.3 969.5 2,506.6

Total 2,939.5 3,367.1 3,898.5 4,430.9 5,163.6 19,799.6

Functions[edit] UNDP’s offices and staff are on the ground in 177 countries, working with governments and local communities to help them find solutions to global and national development challenges. UNDP links and coordinates global and national efforts to achieve the goals and national development priorities laid out by host countries. UNDP focuses primarily on five developmental challenges: Democratic governance[edit] UNDP supports national democratic transitions by providing policy advice and technical support, improving institutional and individual capacity within countries, educating populations about and advocating for democratic reforms, promoting negotiation and dialogue, and sharing successful experiences from other countries and locations. UNDP also supports existing democratic institutions by increasing dialogue, enhancing national debate, and facilitating consensus on national governance programmes. Poverty reduction[edit]

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UNDP helps countries develop strategies to combat poverty by expanding access to economic opportunities and resources, linking poverty programmes with countries’ larger goals and policies, and ensuring a greater voice for the poor. It also works at the macro level to reform trade, encourage debt relief and foreign investment, and ensure the poorest of the poor benefit from globalisation. On the ground, UNDP sponsors developmental pilot projects, promotes the role of women in development, and coordinates efforts between governments, NGOs, and outside donors. In this way, UNDP works with local leaders and governments to provide opportunities for impoverished people to create businesses and improve their economic condition. The UNDP International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth (IPC-IG) in Brasília, Brazil
Brazil
expands the capacities of developing countries to design, implement and evaluate socially inclusive development projects. IPC-IG is a global forum for South-South policy dialogue and learning, having worked with more than 7,000 officials from more than 50 countries. A 2013 evaluation of the UNDP’s poverty reduction efforts states that the UNDP has effectively supported national efforts to reduce poverty, by helping governments make policy changes that benefit the poor.[15] Nevertheless, the same evaluation also states there is a strong need for better measurement and monitoring of the impacts of the UNDP's work.[16] The UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017 incorporates the recommendations of this poverty evaluation.[17] Crisis prevention and recovery[edit] UNDP works to reduce the risk of armed conflicts or disasters, and promote early recovery after crisis have occurred. UNDP works through its country offices to support local government in needs assessment, capacity development, coordinated planning, and policy and standard setting. Examples of UNDP risk reduction programmes include efforts to control small arms proliferation, strategies to reduce the impact of natural disasters, and programmes to encourage use of diplomacy and prevent violence. Recovery programmes include disarmament, demobilization and reintegration of ex-combatants, demining efforts, programmes to reintegrate displaced persons, restoration of basic services, and transitional justice systems for countries recovering from warfare. Environment and energy[edit] As the poor are disproportionately affected by environmental degradation and lack of access to clean, affordable water, sanitation and energy services, UNDP seeks to address environmental issues in order to improve developing countries’ abilities to develop sustainably, increase human development and reduce poverty. UNDP works with countries to strengthen their capacity to address global environmental issues by providing innovative policy advice and linking partners through environmentally sensitive development projects that help poor people build sustainable livelihoods. UNDP’s environmental strategy focuses on effective water governance including access to water supply and sanitation, access to sustainable energy services, Sustainable land management to combat desertification and land degradation, conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and policies to control emissions of harmful pollutants and ozone-depleting substances. UNDP's Equator Initiative office biennially offers the Equator Prize to recognize outstanding indigenous community efforts to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and thus making local contributions to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In 2012 the Biodiversity
Biodiversity
Finance Initiative (BIOFIN) was established. BIOFIN brings 30 countries together to develop and implement evidence-based finance plans to safeguards biodiversity. BIOFIN has developed an innovative and adaptable methodology to guide countries to analyse the policy and institutional context for biodiversity finance; measure the current biodiversity expenditures; assess future financial needs; and identify the most suitable finance solutions to achieve national biodiversity targets.[18] HIV/AIDS[edit] HIV/AIDS is a big issue in today's society and UNDP works to help countries prevent further spreading and reduce its impact, convening The Global Commission on HIV and the Law which reported in 2012.[19] Hub for Innovative Partnerships[edit] Major programmes underway are:[20]

ART Global Initiative World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty Territorial Approach to Climate Change Africa–Kazakhstan Partnership for the SDGs

Human Development Report[edit] Since 1990, the UNDP has annually published the Human Development Report, which includes topics on Human Development and the annual Human Development Index.[4] Evaluation[edit] The UNDP spends about 0.2% of its budget on internal evaluation of the effectiveness of its programmes.[21] The UNDP’s Evaluation Office is a member of the UN Evaluation Group (UNEG) which brings together all the units responsible for evaluation in the UN system. Currently the UNEG has 43 members and 3 observers.[22] Global Policy Centers[edit] The UNDP runs six GPCs, including the Seoul GPC on partnerships, and the Global Center for Public Service Excellence that issues the 'Raffles Review' email newsletter on developments in public administration research. UN co-ordination role[edit] UNDP plays a significant co-ordination role for the UN’s activities in the field of development. This is mainly executed through its leadership of the UN Development Group
UN Development Group
and through the Resident Co-ordinator System. United Nations
United Nations
Development Group[edit] Main article: United Nations
United Nations
Development Group The United Nations
United Nations
Development Group (UNDG) was created by the Secretary General in 1997, to improve the effectiveness of UN development at the country level. The UNDG
UNDG
brings together the operational agencies working on development. The Group is chaired by the Administrator of UNDP. UNDP also provides the Secretariat to the Group. The UNDG
UNDG
develops policies and procedures that allow member agencies to work together and analyse country issues, plan support strategies, implement support programmes, monitor results and advocate for change. These initiatives increase UN impact in helping countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals
Millennium Development Goals
(MDGs), including poverty reduction. 32 UN agencies are members of the UNDG. The Executive Committee consists of the four "founding members": UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP
WFP
and UNDP. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
High Commissioner for Human Rights
is an ex-officio member of the Executive Committee. Resident coordinator system[edit] The Resident Coordinator (RC) system co-ordinates all organizations of the United Nations
United Nations
system dealing with operational activities for development in the field. The RC system aims to bring together the different UN agencies to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operational activities at the country level. Resident Coordinators, who are funded, appointed and managed by UNDP, lead UN country teams in more than 130 countries and are the designated representatives of the Secretary-General for development operations. Working closely with national governments, Resident Coordinators and country teams advocate the interests and mandates of the UN drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.It is now coordinated by the UNDG.[23] Controversies[edit] NSA surveillance[edit] Further information: Global surveillance disclosure Documents of Edward Snowden
Edward Snowden
showed in December 2013 that British and American intelligence agencies surveillance targets with America's National Security Agency
National Security Agency
(NSA) included organisations such as the United Nations
United Nations
Development Programme, the UN's children's charity Unicef
Unicef
and Médecins Sans Frontières
Médecins Sans Frontières
and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).[24] Allegations of UNDP resources used by Hamas[edit] In August 2016, Israel's Shin Bet
Shin Bet
security agency went public with the arrest of Wahid Abdallah al Bursh, a Palestinian engineer with the United Nations
United Nations
Development Programme. In its statement, Shin Bet
Shin Bet
said that Wahid had confessed to being recruited in 2014 to help Hamas. Among "various assignments" he performed on behalf of Gaza's dominant Islamist group was assistance in building a maritime jetty for its fighters "using UNDP resources," the Shin Bet
Shin Bet
statement said without providing further details on that charge. It said Bursh also persuaded his UNDP superiors to prioritize the neighborhoods of Hamas
Hamas
operatives when earmarking money for reconstruction in Gaza, which was devastated by a 2014 war with Israel.[25] Criticism[edit] The UNDP has been criticised by members of its staff and the Bush administration of the United States
United States
for irregularities in its finances in North Korea. Artjon Shkurtaj claimed that he had found counterfeit US dollars in the Programmes safe while the staff were paid in Euros. The UNDP denied any wrongdoing, and keeping improper accounts.[26] Disarmament and controversy[edit] In mid-2006, as first reported by Inner City Press[27] and then by The New Vision,[28] UNDP halted its disarmament programmes in the Karamoja region of Uganda in response to human rights abuses in the parallel forcible disarmament programmes carried out by the Uganda People's Defence Force. Administrator[edit] The UNDP Administrator has the rank of an Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. While the Administrator is often referred to as the third highest-ranking official in the UN (after the UN Secretary General and the UN Deputy Secretary General), this has never been formally codified. In addition to his or her responsibilities as head of UNDP, the Administrator is also the Vice-Chair of the UN Development Group.[29][30] The position of Administrator is appointed by the Secretary-General of the UN and confirmed by the General Assembly for a term of four years.[31] Achim Steiner
Achim Steiner
is the current Administrator.[32] The five countries on the UNDP board have some influence over selection of the administrator.[citation needed] The first administrator of the UNDP was Paul G. Hoffman, former head of the Economic Cooperation Administration
Economic Cooperation Administration
which administered the Marshall Plan. Other holders of the position have included: Bradford Morse, former Republican congressman from Massachusetts; William Draper, venture capitalist and friend of George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush
who saw one of the UN system's major achievements, the Human Development Report, introduced during his tenure; Mark Malloch Brown, who was previously Vice President of External Affairs at the World Bank
World Bank
and subsequently became UN Deputy Secretary General. Kemal Derviş, a former finance minister of Turkey
Turkey
and senior World Bank
World Bank
official, was the previous UNDP Administrator. Derviş started his four-year term on 15 August 2005.

Nr Administrator Land Term

9 Achim Steiner   Brazil
Brazil
/  Germany 2017–

8 Helen Clark  New Zealand 2009–2017

7 Kemal Derviş  Turkey 2005–2009

6 Mark Malloch Brown  United Kingdom 1999–2005

5 James Gustave Speth  United States 1993–1999

4 William Henry Draper 1986–1993

3 F. Bradford Morse 1976–1986

2 Rudolph A. Peterson 1972–1976

1 Paul G. Hoffman 1966–1972

Associate Administrator[edit] During meetings of the UN Development Group, which are chaired by the Administrator, UNDP is represented by the Associate Administrator.[citation needed] The position is currently held by Tegegnework Gettu, appointed on 1 December 2015. Assistant Administrators[edit] Assistant Administrators of the UNDP, Assistant United Nations Secretary Generals and Directors of the Regional Bureaus are

Michael O’Neill (United Kingdom), for Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy; Magdy Martínez-Solimán [a.i.] (Spain), for Bureau of Development Policy; Jordan Ryan (United States), for Bureau of Crisis Prevention and Recovery; Jens Wandel (Denmark), for Bureau of Management;[33] Abdoulaye Mar Dieye (Senegal), for Africa; Sima Sami Bahous (Jordan), for Arab States; Haoliang Xu (China), for Asia & Pacific; Cihan Sultanoğlu (Turkey), for Europe & CIS and Jessica Faieta [a.i.] (Ecuador), for Latin America and the Caribbean.[34]

Goodwill Ambassadors[edit] UNDP, along with other UN agencies, has long enlisted the voluntary services and support of prominent individuals as Goodwill Ambassadors to highlight these causes. Their fame helps amplify the urgent and universal message of human development and international cooperation, helping to accelerate achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. They articulate the UNDP development philosophy and programmes of self-reliant opportunities and motivate people to act in the interest of improving their own lives and those of their fellow citizens. Global Ambassadors[edit]

Antonio Banderas[35] Connie Britton[36] Didier Drogba[36] Crown Prince Haakon Magnus of Norway[37] Iker Casillas[36] Marta Vieira da Silva [36] Misako Konno[36] Michelle Yeoh[38] Nikolaj Coster-Waldau[36] The Roca Brothers[36] Match Against Poverty : Zinedine Zidane, Ronaldo[39]

See also[edit]

United Nations
United Nations
portal Sustainable development
Sustainable development
portal

Human development Democracy Ranking Development assistance Economic development ECOSOC International development International Development Association List of UNDP country codes U.S. Committee for the United Nations
United Nations
Development Program United Nations
United Nations
Development Group United Nations
United Nations
Millennium Campaign United Nations
United Nations
Volunteers Equator Prize Match Against Poverty UNDP Innovation Facility

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Jackson, R. G. A., A Study of the Capacity of the United Nations Development System. 2 vols, Geneva: United Nations, 1969. Mitcham, Chad J. ‘Australia and Development Cooperation at the United Nations: Towards Poverty Reduction.’ In Australia and the United Nations, edited by James Cotton and David Lee, 191-221. Canberra: Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and Sydney: Longueville Books, 2013. Mitcham, Chad J., Jackson, Sir Robert Gillman (1911-1991), Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/jackson-sir-robert-gillman-20715/text31511, published online 2016, accessed online 5 September 2017.

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