Supporting the UN development system

UNDP is part of the UN development system (UNDS) and works with UN Resident Coordinators, and as a part of UN Country Teams, to support countries achieve the 2030 Agenda. UNDP has a specific role in assisting the Resident Coordinator and UN Country Teams to facilitate more integrated analyses, planning and implementation – to deliver a multidimensional approach to the SDGs.

As the UN System's technical lead on the COVID-19 socio-economic response, UNDP is working with partners to ensure that recovery plans focus on policy innovation and bold, integrated solutions.

Ensuring an integrated offer to countries 

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UNDP provides strategic integration services, working with UN Country Teams and supporting Governments in their formulation of national development strategies and initiatives that are geared to respond to complex, manifold development challenges and achieve the SDGs, utilizing a range of global assets, tools and services tailored to country contexts. 

This includes supporting UN Country Teams to develop Cooperation Frameworks that reflect a multidimensional approach to development, and ensuring that the analysis of a country’s development challenges, and the theory of change which underpins the UN’s priorities, consider the relationship between sectors to achieve the SDGs.  

Collaborating with the UN Family on MAPS integrated country support  

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UNDP leverages the 2030 Agenda Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS) approach to help countries deliver on their SDG ambitions. Drawing on the full capacity of the UN development system, MAPS supports countries to integrate SDG awareness raising, analysis, planning and budgeting into national and local systems. Since 2016, UNDP has supported over 50 countries through MAPS engagements, spanning all regions and country contexts, including 20 fragile and conflict affected settings and 14 Small Island Developing States.  

 Technical e-course on integrated policy

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In order to move from commitment to action on the 2030 Agenda, UNDP, UNICEF and ILO have developed a technical e-course on integrated policy, providing methods and tools for practitioners to mainstream the SDGs into plans and budgets, identifying SDG accelerators, financing the 2030 Agenda and leading follow up and review. Within less than a year, the course had already over 2,000 enrollments from 148 countries and 33 UN entities.

SDG Acceleration Toolkit 

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This updated version (2021) of the SDG Acceleration Toolkit provides development practitioners with cutting-edge diagnostics, analytical tools and methodologies reflecting best in class from across the UN development system to move the SDGs from paper to practice. The tools can also support immediate socio-economic response to the COVID-19 pandemic and effective recovery planning.

sdg primer

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Integrated solutions require a common understanding of sustainable development. That is why UNDP co-led the development of the SDG Primer, a functional e-course for the UN and its partners that brings all stakeholders onto the same page for joint action. The SDG Primer is a critical new tool to help practitioners shift from business as usual to accelerated progress and impact.  

Providing operational services to fellow UN entities 

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As the operational backbone of the UNDS, UNDP also offers services to fellow UN entities in human resources, finance, procurement, ICT, legal affairs, security and other administrative areas. This enables the UN and partners to operate effectively and cost-efficiently in complex operational settings across the globe.