The UNDP Office in Geneva identifies, builds and develops the Organization’s institutional capacity to enhance strategic partnerships with programme and donor countries, the UN system, non-governmental and civil society organizations, the private sector, intergovernmental organizations, international finance institutions, regional banks, academia and foundations as well as partners taking part in the UN's decentralized cooperation campaign. Substantive programmatic work through several networks of partnerships on core issues such as promoting access to clean and potable water, early recovery from crises, reducing the availability of small arms, ensuring access to antiretroviral therapies, safeguarding forests, building capacity for trade among least developed countries and migration links with development are all carried out from the UNDP Office in Geneva.
The UNDP Office in Geneva also has the specific responsibility for partnership building and donor relations in France and Switzerland. The Office has a special role in building and strengthening partnerships in support of UN reform, specifically the process of 'delivering as one' with a particular focus on the UN system in Geneva, and UN sister agencies headquartered in Europe but without resident representation in those developing countries where UNDP operates.
The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation is Switzerland’s international cooperation agency within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, responsible for the coordination of development activities and cooperation with Eastern Europe, as well as for the humanitarian aid delivered by the Swiss Confederation.