The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) was established in 1965 to serve as the UN’s global development network. It is headquartered in New York City, but works primarily through its offices in more than 170 countries and territories. UNDP advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience, and resources to help people build a better life, supporting their own solutions to development challenges and developing national and local capacities that will help them achieve human development and the Millennium Development Goals.
As of January 1, 2015, projects and programmes supported by UNDP must follow the UNDP’s Social and Environmental Standards (SES), the Social and Environmental Screening Procedure (SESP), and social and environmental commitments made by UNDP in the context of a specific project or programme. Prior to 2015, UNDP projects and programmes must follow commitments reflected in the project/programme documents, and, for projects supported by the Forest Carbon Partnership Facility (FCPF), the Common Approach to Environmental and Social Safeguards for Multiple Delivery Partners.
UNDP has published an Information Disclosure Policy on its commitment to making information about its programmes and operations available to the public.