Sustainable Development

UNDP helps countries to simultaneously reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development that leads to transformational change, bringing about real improvements in people’s lives.

We promote an integrated approach to achieve sustainable development that tackles the connected issues of multidimensional poverty, inequality and exclusion, and sustainability, while enhancing knowledge, skills and production technologies to reduce risks and sustain development gains.

We help countries build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, including through managing and sustainably using natural resources; ensuring that natural wealth is used to improve people’s lives; promoting economic recovery and livelihoods, and better targeting policies and social protection for those in need.

Our Goal

Our goal is to strengthen capabilities and opportunities to reduce poverty and marginalization – focusing on the most vulnerable and excluded population groups – in ways that are sustainable from economic, social and environmental standpoints.

UNDP and Switzerland team up to tackle climate change in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia

Improvements in awareness, agricultural practices and watershed management are significantly reducing the pressures on the Lake Prespa ecosystem in the FYR Macedonia. Finally bringing the detrimental process of eutrophication under control, the many rare and endangered species in the region will stand a much better chance of survival. Photo by: UNDP/Ljubomir Stefanov more

Our Stories

Almost 2,000 hectares of wetlands, meadows, and shallow waters along the northern shores of Lake Prespa were at risk.
Protecting Lake Prespa: preserving the ecosystem for all

Home to a myriad of plants and animals, including many endangered species; some 42% of all bird species in Europe nest amongst the wetlands, meadows, andmore 

In the wake of the devastating 2010 earthquake, bricklayers in Haiti are learning techniques for building quake-resistant homes. Photo: UNDP Haiti
In Haiti bricklayers build to save lives

Joseph Matéus lives for his passion: building homes. The 41-year-old mason has worked in Haiti’s largest cities and, with 17 years of experience behind him, believedmore 

Sustainable Development
The construction of flood defences protects farmland and provides jobs in a region where the unemployment rate is twice the national average. Photo: Ivane Tsiklauri/UNDP Georgia
Floods swept away her cattle and chickens - with UNDP help, Eteri Shavladze is fighting back

Having watched more than half her land wash away, Natela Benidze is determined to keep the rest intact. Natela is a farmer in the village ofmore 

Sustainable Development
The project is helping to acquire, calibrate and install automatic weather stations to identify and prepare for future extreme weather events. Photo: UNDP Honduras
Saving every drop: Fighting drought in Honduras

In Tegucigalpa, Honduras' capital, residents of the Campo Cielo district have one more line of defense against climate change and the severe drought putting over halfmore 

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