United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

 History of Agency in the World and Iran

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners. UNDP was founded in 1965 and its Headquarters is located in New York.
UNDP has had a representative office in Iran since 1966 and has worked closely with its major development partners – the Government, local councils, civil society, academic institutions, and the private sector – to promote sustainable human development in the country.
In each country office, the UNDP Resident Representative normally also serves as the Resident Coordinator of development activities for the United Nations system as a whole. Through such coordination, UNDP seeks to ensure the most effective use of UN and international aid resources.

 Priorities Globally and in Iran

The UNDP Country Programme for Iran (2005-2009) focuses primarily on strengthening capacities and capabilities for achieving the MDGs; enhancing good governance; improving economic performance and employment generation, and sustainable development, disaster management and energy efficiency.
UNDP has undertaken a broad MDG initiative in Iran to mainstream the goals in the country’s national plans, to localize successful community-based techniques, and to institutionalize the MDG reporting process to help the country to achieve the goals. Work on the MDGs in Iran has resulted in, most notably, the inception of the MDGs National Action Plan; the establishment of a National MDGs Steering Committee (composed of the Government, the civil society, the private sector and the UN agencies); the initiation of an extensive advocacy campaign, and the preparation of two national progress reports on the MDGs in 2004 and 2007.
UNDP has piloted a poverty alleviation initiative in Sistan-Baluchestan, the poorest province in Iran, and is introducing the results of this experience into future community empowerment activities at the provincial level. The organization’s mandate also includes promoting good governance and human rights in Iran. Under a five-year project, UNDP draws on a broad range of government and non-government partners for capacity development of human rights centres; promotion of equity with emphasis on negating all forms of violence and injustice; promotion of freedom of thought, conscience, and expression; and alignment and compatibility with international human rights standards and systems. UNDP has also worked with the judiciary on greater access to justice, and with the Majlis on parliamentary strengthening and capacity building.
UNDP helps Iran address its environmental challenges and meet its commitments to international environmental conventions on combating desertification, protecting biodiversity, reducing green-house gases, reducing Persistent Organic Pollutants and eliminating ozone depleting substances. The UNDP Global Environment Facility/ Small Grants Programme (GEF/SGP) works to conserve the global environment through local action and local participation.
UNDP is also working closely with the government on reducing the impact of natural disasters on economic and social development. It strives to strengthen national capacities for disaster risk management and coordination and has actively contributed to the reconstruction programmes in the earthquake-affected areas in Bam and Lorestan.

Working in close partnership with the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM), UNDP helps place HIV/AIDS at the centre of national development dialogue in Iran and build partnerships between government, civil society and the private sector to coordinate an effective response to this pandemic, which is a development challenge[1].

[1]  “ The United Nations in Iran(3rd edition)” Published by the United Nations System in Iran, 2011-P:14-15



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