Integrated solutions for sustainable development

Next Generation solutions to help countries solve the world's most pressing development challenges



Today’s development challenges - from climate crisis, to rising inequalities and protracted conflict - cannot be dealt with in isolation. The way countries work and the solutions they develop must be integrated.

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What is SDG

SDG integration is a systems approach to complex development challenges. It promotes learning to help countries reach their development ambitions.

By harnessing systemic approaches, SDG integration connects issues across sectors and thematic areas and leverages the creativity and knowhow of all of society – from national and sub-national governments and communities to civil society, academia and the private sector – to build solutions that respond to people’s daily realities.


With just over a decade left before the Sustainable Development Goals 2030 deadline, UNDP and our UN partners are working together to help countries tackle complexity more effectively; to achieve big results – fast -- with a focus on the systems that will define development of the future.

In 2018, UNDP and fellow UN agencies supported 97 projects in 38 countries through integrated MAPS engagements (Mainstreaming, Acceleration, and Policy Support), helping countries align on planning and budgeting processes to shift the goals from commitments to action.

As part of the UN Development System, UNDP has put in place four dedicated streams of work to support countries in their efforts to design policy and programmes for the future, access and generate finance, source and analyse data, and drive innovation and learning – expanding elements of SDG 17 on partnerships.

The four streams of work are not focused on individual Goals but on the gaps between them – the missing pieces that can make the whole of the 2030 Agenda possible. 

The four workstreams are:


The SDG colour wheel with individual colours representing each of the 17 SDGs

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