Sustainable development

Overview

UNDP helps countries to simultaneously reduce poverty and achieve sustainable development that leads to transformational change, bringing about real improvements in people’s lives. We promote an integrated approach to achieve sustainable development that tackles the connected issues of multidimensional poverty, inequality and exclusion, and sustainability, while enhancing knowledge, skills and production technologies to reduce risks and sustain development gains.

Our Goals

Our goal is to strengthen capabilities and opportunities to reduce poverty and marginalization – focusing on the most vulnerable and excluded population groups – in ways that are sustainable from economic, social and environmental standpoints.

Building a better life for people

Supported by UNDP, an alternative approach to social protection has recently been adopted by the Government of China, focusing on the protection of vulnerable groups and guaranteeing a minimum living allowance to those who meet the eligibility criteria. Photo: UNDP China more

Our Stories

Smokeless cookstove has transformed the lives of villagers. It consumes less firewoord, reduces indoor pollution, halves cooking time and frees up women's time to get job training. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/UNDP India

India: Spreading Like Wild Fire: Forest Dwelling Communities Use Smokeless Cook Stoves

Close to 900 households residing on the fringes of a national park in the South Indian state of Karnataka are addressing climate change by installing smokeless stoves in their homes. more 

Careless snorkelers and boat anchors had damaged fragile coral reefs, and illegal fishing had taken its toll on fish stocks. UNDP Photo

A sea change in conserving Malaysia's marine parks

Malaysia’s islands are renowned for their beauty and outstanding biodiversity. Turtles, sharks, rays and reef fish swim in their azure waters, and their sea grass bedsmore 

Shyamola Begum is representative of a broader Bangladeshi reality, where economic empowerment has often led to a greater voice for women in the family and the public sphere. Photo: Kawser Ahmed/UNDP Bangladesh

Women take the lead in fighting poverty

Shyamola Begum, 43, knows why she lost her husband. Under the pressures of crippling poverty, with too many mouths to feed, he left their one room shanty in the capital one morning and never came back, she explains.more 

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Our Perspectives

  • Inspired by China, Made in Bangladesh

    In late 2014, we brought four city mayors, local officials and citizens to the table for a design jam in one of Bangladesh’s largest satellite cities to see if we could customize the Beijing solution for the Bangladeshi reality.more 

  • Why more tigers in India is good news for us all

    At UNDP, we currently support projects covering the major tiger landscapes in 8 of the 13 tiger range countries. India’s focused approach to tiger conservation can offer important lessons and strategies for other tiger range countries. more