UNDP is implementing initiatives together with partners that help countries boost progress across the 2030 Agenda, leveraging expertise from all sectors of society. The initiatives below are a snapshot of what UNDP is working on right now.

Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS)

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MAPS (Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support) is the UN development system’s common approach to support member states in implementing the SDGs. Drawing on the full capacity of the UN development system, MAPS support can include integrated data analyses, forecasting, capacity building, advocacy and awareness-raising and support to planning and programming priorities. UNDP has supported 51 countries through MAPS engagements since 2016, spanning all regions and country contexts, including 20 fragile and conflict affected settings and 13 Small Island Developing States.

Country Support Platforms

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UNDP’s Country Support Platforms bring innovations, smart public policies and new investment tools together to mobilise collective intelligence and action, serving people and communities at greater scale and speed.
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The Climate Promise is UNDP’s commitment to support at least 100 countries enhance their NDCs by 2020. The Promise includes making NDCs more technically robust, identifying new ways governments can step up their climate actions, and supporting countries to undertake inclusive and transparent processes with stakeholders to revise NDCs. Learn more about UNDP’s support to NDC enhancement below.

Small Island Developing States (SIDS) offer

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UNDP's enhanced SIDS offer ‘Rising Up for SIDS’ turns challenges into opportunities to accelerate transformative sustainable development towards achieving the targets of the 2030 Agenda and the SAMOA Pathway. The offer elevates UNDP's support across three interrelated levers: Climate Action, Blue Economy and Digital Transformation, with access to sustainable finance as the key enabler. Through these integrated solutions, UNDP will help catalyse development in SIDS during the Decade of Action.

Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention

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The Joint UNDP-DPPA Programme on Building National Capacities for Conflict Prevention is a signature cross-pillar initiative that aims to enhance UN support to national stakeholders on conflict prevention and sustaining peace. Since its inception in 2004, the programme has engaged in more than 60 countries and is considered a unique example of how the political and development pillars of the UN can successfully work together to prevent violent conflicts.

UN Transitions Project

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The success of UN efforts to promote sustainable peace and development is impacted considerably by the management and timing of UN transitions, involving a drawdown or withdrawal of a UN peace operation. The goal of the UN Transitions Project is to ensure that host nations are better equipped to consolidate peacebuilding gains after mission withdrawal, supported by a reconfigured UN presence, through which UN agencies like UNDP can continue to provide effective and integrated assistance to countries as they move from conflict towards achieving the 2030 Agenda.

Finance Sector Hub

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UNDP's Finance Sector Hub offers a comprehensive package of methods and tools to support governments, the private sector and international financial institutions (IFIs) to scale up financing for the SDGs. The hub aims to multiply the number of countries using integrated national financing frameworks, support better use of domestic resources, align international investment flows with the SDGs, and increase public and private financial contributions for the Goals. 

SDG Impact

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The SDG Impact initiative aims to make it easier for businesses and investors to help achieve the 2030 Agenda. By providing a one stop shop with unified standards, a global certification, trainings, tools and services, the initiative guides investments in sustainable development and help identify SDG investment opportunities in emerging economies.

UNDP's Accelerator Labs

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UNDP’s Accelerator Labs, established across 78 countries, are the world’s largest and fastest learning network on sustainable development. The Labs work together with national and global partners to find radically new approaches that fit the complexity of today’s development challenges.

UNDP Innovation Facility

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The UNDP Innovation Facility is a global mechanism that provides technical support and funding to UNDP Country Offices who wish to test frontier technologies and new approaches – to deliver better results. The Facility has invested in over 140 country-level experiments across 87 countries and territories since 2014.