About UNDP in Geneva
Based in the middle of Europe, the UNDP Office in Geneva contributes to UNDP’s mission through serving as the UNDP Platform for Geneva and the Geneva-based organizations and as the primary point of contact with the governments of France and Switzerland.
Strong and active partnerships are essential for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Since October 2014, the UNDP Office in Geneva has become an integrated partnership office working across programmatic and representational functions. The UNDP Office in Geneva contributes to UNDP’s mission through:
- Leveraging the presence of the humanitarian, human rights and development communities in Geneva to enable the organization to deliver, in concrete and measurable ways, to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.
- Engaging substantively with a wide range of partners across Europe, in the public, private and non-governmental sectors, to mobilize the means and make progress across several thematic areas, as described below.
UN Coherence and Development Agenda: The Office represents UNDP among Geneva-based intergovernmental bodies and UN sister agencies and promotes partnerships with the UN system (including the UN Office in Geneva, FAO, ILO, IOM, ITC, OHCHR, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNHCR, UNITAR, UNRISD, WFP, WHO, WMO, WTO, etc.), other international organizations (e.g. Red Cross Movement), private sector and foundations (e.g. World Economic Forum), academia and civil society organizations based in Western Europe. Communications for engaging with the general media key partners is, therefore, a key task. The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation has dedicated capacity to ensure coordination with relevant organizations.
Conflict prevention, Peacebuilding and Human Rights: Within the context of governance and peacebuilding, UNDP Geneva works with other UN agencies, likeminded actors in civil society, international organizations and among member States in forging innovative partnerships and intergovernmental approaches within and across the humanitarian, human rights and disarmament communities for conflict prevention, crisis recovery and normative solutions that can strengthen the application of international humanitarian and human rights law for the protection of the lives, livelihoods, public services and common goods that underpin sustainable development.
Early Recovery and Resilience: UNDP is the lead UN agency on early recovery within the framework of the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the body responsible for inter-agency cooperation in the humanitarian system. UNDP hosts the Global Cluster for Early Recovery (GCER) whose roles include promoting and clarifying early recovery, and ensuring it is part of the humanitarian response in countries affected by crisis. The GCER’s technical advice on early recovery in the humanitarian environment is an essential element of linking humanitarian and development work.
Migration for Development and Development Solutions for Displacement: UNDP co-chairs the Solutions Alliance with Denmark, Turkey, UNHCR and IRC at the Geneva level. UNDP brings a development perspective to unlocking protracted displacement situations as well as preventing new displacement situations from becoming protracted. The Geneva Office also co-chairs the Solutions Alliance Group on Engaging with the Private Sector. UNDP provides technical support during the preparatory meetings of the Global Forum on Migration and Development and is a member of the Global Migration Group (GMG).
Climate Change and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR): The Office in Geneva contributes to the strengthening of UNDP’s positioning on Climate Change and DRR by engaging and partnering with UN agencies and other intergovernmental organizations, private sector, civil society and donor representatives. The team represents UNDP in key inter-agency processes across the humanitarian and sustainable development spectrum, while providing inputs to shape system-wide policies and global normative standards.
The Climate and Disaster team also implements various partnership initiatives on DRR and climate change such as the Getting Airports Ready for Disasters project, and the Capacity for Disaster Reduction Initiative (CADRI) an interagency programme supporting capacity development on DRR at country level. The team is also participating in the UNDP 5-10-50 flagship programme,that is intended to help countries achieve the goals of Sendai Framework for DRR 2015-2010. Called ‘5-10-50’, the UNDP programme will support countries and communities to deliver better risk-informed development, and targets 50 countries over 10 years, with a focus on five critical areas: risk assessment and communication; risk-governance and mainstreaming; early warning and preparedness; resilient recovery; and local/urban risk reduction. The UNDP Office in Geneva is also actively engaged in supporting the UNFCCC agenda (UN Framework Convention on Climate Change) in Europe-based forums, including through support to the Climate Vulnerable Forum, who launched the V20, an international partnership of countries highly vulnerable to climate change.
Global Health: UNDP partners with the Global Fund to support and strengthen national responses to HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The partnership leverages UNDP’s mandate to strengthen institutions to deliver universal access to basic services and rebuild resilient health services in crisis and post-crisis settings. As principal recipient in 24 countries, UNDP is managing $1.7 billion of Global Fund grants in challenging situations. With our pool of specialized advisers, the UNDP Office in Geneva supports Country Offices for capacity development services (procurement, financial management), identification of technical support providers, and facilitation of policy engagement at country and global level (on human rights, gender). The UNDP-Global Fund Partnership Team works in cooperation with partners including UNAIDS, WHO, Roll-Back Malaria and the Stop TB Partnership.
Trade and Employment: UNDP Geneva serves as a corporate knowledge resource on trade, employment and human development. It facilitates partnerships on trade capacity building issues including with UNCTAD, the WTO and ITC and provides specialized policy advisory services to country offices on demand. It also supports the Enhanced Integrated Framework for Trade Related Technical Assistance (EIF) for Least Developed Countries. In addition, the team also works with ILO, UNRISD, FAO and other UN partners & civil society groups, as part of the UN Task Force on Social and Solidarity Economy.
Environment and Forests: REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation) is an environmental finance mechanism created by the UNFCCC to support developing countries. The Geneva Office hosts the global UNDP REDD+ team, which leads UNDP’s involvement in the UN-REDD Programme – a collaborative initiative with FAO and UNEP. From Geneva the global team contributes technical and policy support to the 60+ partner countries of the UN-REDD Programme, in partnership with the UN-REDD inter-agency secretariat, also based in Geneva, and UNDP units based in New York, Panama, Nairobi, Bangkok and in the Oslo Governance Centre. The team is also a delivery partner of the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF) and is the host of the technical secretariat for the Central African Forest Initiative (CAFI).
What is our role?
The UNDP Office in Geneva represents the organization among Geneva-based intergovernmental bodies and UN sister agencies, and provides services and support to UNDP's corporate communications agenda in Western Europe.
The UNDP Geneva office acts as the primary point of contact with the Governments of France and Switzerland and strives to build partnerships with all Member States’ Permanent Missions in Geneva. UNDP technical staff also interact extensively with counterparts from a wide range of donor agencies in Europe to promote better cooperation at the global and country-levels and to support resource mobilization efforts for the organization.