What is UNDP?
To quote Mark Malloch Brown, Administrator of UNDP:
"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's
principal provider of development advice, advocacy and grant
support. It has long enjoyed the trust and confidence of
governments and NGOs in many parts of the developing as well as
the developed world. It is typically regarded as a partner
rather than an adversary, and its commitment to a universal
presence has proven especially useful in post-conflict
situations and with states that had been otherwise isolated from
the international community."
Please consult our main website
UNDP has six priority practice areas:
• Democratic Governance
• Poverty Reduction
• Crisis Prevention and Recovery
• Energy and Environment
• Information and Communications Technology
In addition, UNDP promotes South-South cooperation and the
empowerment of women. Click on
UNDP to find descriptions on what UNDP is all about and its
You can also go to "Country Office Websites" at
http://www.undp.org/dpa/coweblinks/index.html for more
information on our programmes in the field.
What is the main UNDP goal or objective?
At the United Nations Millennium Summit in September 2000,
world leaders pledged to cut poverty in half by 2015. UNDP is
charged with helping to make this happen. Its focus is on
providing developing countries with knowledge-based consulting
services and building national, regional and global coalitions
When and how did UNDP come into being?
For a full history of UNDP, please refer to this website:
Does UNDP have an annual report, or a document describing
activities and financial aspects?
The UNDP annual report, and major policy documents may be found
at this webpage:
What constitutes development indicators?
The widely-cited UNDP Human Development Reports (HDRs) contain
substantive data on most development indicators. The reports
rank every country each year in areas such as per capita income,
literacy, life expectancy and respect for women's rights. The
goal is to put people back at the centre of the development
process. The HDR website is at
http://www.undp.org/hdr2001 . Please refer also to the
charts, graphs and tables therein.
In addition, UNDP has helped more than 120 developing countries
produce their own National Human Development Report, which
provides a basis for informed local debate about priorities and
policies. These reports also help donor governments to measure
the impact of their aid dollars, and to communicate the way in
which aid is making a positive difference both to direct
beneficiaries and to electorates at home.
How do I learn more about the organization?
Go to "Discover UNDP" at
UNDP delivers most of its services through its more than 130
country offices but it also engages in global and regional
advocacy and analysis to increase knowledge, share best
practices, build partnerships, mobilize resources, and promote
enabling frameworks including international targets for reducing
poverty. In addition, UNDP supports Technical Cooperation Among
I am looking for a former/present staff member. Could you
give me his/her phone number or email address?
We are not authorized to provide email addresses of former or
present staff members. You may direct your query to any of the
units or departments in UNDP at this address:
UNDP, One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
General Telephone No: (212 ) 906- 5558
Where is UNDP located?
One United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017, USA
Tel: (212) 906-5558
Fax: (212) 906-5364
UNDP has its headquarters in New York City, but cooperates with
governments and peoples largely in developing countries
throughout the world. It works through its offices in more than
130 countries. Most of these offices have websites:
UNDP also has liaison offices at the following locations:
European Office at Geneva
Palais des Nations CH-1211, Genève 10, Switzerland Telephone:
(41-22) 917 8542
Fax: (41-22) 917 8001
UNDP Liaison Office in Brussels
United Nations Office/UNDP
14 Rue Montoyer, 1000 - Brussels, Belgium
Telephone: (32-2) 505 4620
Fax: (32-2) 505 4729
UNDP/Inter-Agency Procurement Services Office (IAPSO)
Nordic Liaison Office
Midtermolen 3, PO Box 2530, Copenhagen 0, Denmark
Telephone: (45-35) 46 71 54
Fax: (45-35) 46 70 95
UNDP Tokyo Office
UNU Building, 8th Floor 5-53-70 Jingumae Shibuya-ku,
Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Telephone: (813) 5467 4751
Fax: (813) 5467 4753
UNDP Liaison Office in Washington DC
1775 K Street, NW, Suite 420
Washington, DC 20006 USA
Telephone: (202) 331-9130
Fax: (202) 331 9363
Frequently Asked Questions about
How do I apply for a job with UNDP?
Please refer to the main UNDP website
http://www.undp.org and click
on "Jobs". If there are vacancies in your field of expertise,
follow instructions therein on how and where to apply.
For expert practitioners, please visit this website:
The page has detailed descriptions for each vacancy, online
application forms as well as a comprehensive FAQ sheet.
How can I check on the status of an application?
You may email this address:
firstname.lastname@example.org or you may write to: Chief,
Recruitment Section, UNDP Office of Human Resources One United
Nations Plaza, 18th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
Does UNDP offers scholarships to students enrolled in
graduate degrees ?
Unfortunately, our mandate does not permit us to provide
financial assistance to individuals, companies or private
groups; we work in collaboration with governments on development
programmes and projects.