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Anchored in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and committed to the principles of universality, equality and leaving no one behind, the UNDP vision for the Strategic Plan, 2018-2021 is to help countries achieve sustainable development by eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development and building resilience to crises and shocks.


This Strategic Plan sets out a vision for the evolution of UNDP over the next four years, responding to a changing development landscape and the evolving needs of our partners. Building on our experience to date, it describes how we will support countries to achieve the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals and related agreements. The plan reinforces our commitment to working in partnership with Governments, civil society and the private sector, as a catalyst and facilitator of support from the United Nations System as mandated by the General Assembly.[1]


The Strategic Plan describes how UNDP will better adapt to the range of country contexts in which we work, framed through:

  1. The three broad development settings to which our approach responds;
  2. A series of signature solutions that define the core work of UNDP;
  3. The two platforms through which we will deliver our work;
    1. Country support platforms for the Sustainable Development Goals;
    2. A global development advisory and implementation services platform;
  4. An improved business model to underpin our efforts.


The Strategic Plan answers two questions: (a) what we want UNDP to be; and (b) what we want to achieve.

By 2021, we want UNDP to:

  1. Strengthen its relevance as a trusted partner in a complex and evolving development landscape, strongly committed to its mandate to eradicate poverty;
  2. Be more nimble, innovative and enterprising – a thought leader that succeeds in taking and managing risks;
  3. Be more effective and efficient in utilizing resources to deliver results.


By 2021, we want to catalyse tangible progress on:

  1. Eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, and keeping people out of poverty;
  2. Accelerating structural transformations for sustainable development, especially through innovative solutions that have multiplier effects across the Sustainable Development Goals;
  3. Building resilience to crises and shocks, in order to safeguard development gains.


The Strategic Plan is not meant to be exhaustive or prescriptive. It outlines our future trajectory, working with the United Nations development system to respond to emergent country needs. It proposes a bold transformation for UNDP because the Sustainable Development Goals are bold – and because we believe that UNDP can achieve this ambition building on our decades of experience, deep country partnerships and the dedicated, professional and innovative people who are our greatest asset.

[1] General Assembly resolution 71/243 of 21 December 2016 on the quadrennial comprehensive policy review of operational activities for development of the United Nations system


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