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.

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The Climate Promise is UNDP’s commitment to ensure that any country wishing to increase the ambition of their national climate pledge is able to do so. The Promise draws upon our extensive expertise across priorities such as energy, forests, water, resilience, agriculture, health, youth, finance, governance, gender equality and green jobs. With 118 agreed Climate Promise workplans, it is the world’s largest offer of support to countries’ climate pledges.

 

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.
 

Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support

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Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) is the UN development system’s common approach to supporting member states in implementing the SDGs. Drawing on the full capacity of the UN development system, MAPS engagement help mainstream SDG strategies, UN Cooperation Frameworks and the COVID-19 response, and are led by a new, dedicated inter-agency team hosted by UNDP and supported by UNICEF. UNDP has supported 50 countries through MAPS engagements since 2016, spanning all regions and country contexts, including 20 fragile and conflict affected settings and 14 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.

 

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 Accelerator Labs

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UNDP’s Accelerator Labs, established in 91 locations supporting 115 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 Innovation Facility is a global vehicle that provides UNDP Country Offices with catalytic funding to explore system transformation through sustained engagements that go beyond the traditional project logic, called Deep Demonstrations. It aims to build a new set of core capabilities for UNDP and government counterparts to understand and act on systemic, frontier challenges. The Facility is currently supporting Deep Demonstrations in nine County Offices across Africa, Arab States, Asia, Europe and Latin America.

Transforming Systems in the Decade of Action 

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The COVID-19 pandemic requires a fundamental shift in how we design and implement development solutions. That is why UNDP together with the Presencing Institute is leading an initiative to build systems leadership capabilities across the UN, including through a global dialogues series that takes a deep dive into ‘Theory U’, supporting participants to situate ‘self’ as a key driver for systems change and prototyping solutions for complex challenges.