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United Nations Development Programme

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network.

It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

UNDP operates in 177 countries, working with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.

UNDP is an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly.

The UNDP Administrator is the third highest-ranking official of the United Nations after the United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.

Headquartered in New York City, the UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations.

The organization has country offices in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity.

Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Currently, the UNDP is one of the main UN agencies involved in the development of the Post-2015 Development Agenda.

UNDP provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries.

To accomplish the MDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery.

UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programmes.

Furthermore, the UNDP Human Development Report Office publishes an annual Human Development Report (since 1990) to measure and analyse developmental progress.

In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports.

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