UNDP Looking Forward: People, planet & prosperity


    UNDP 50th Anniversary Photo: Kristian Pohl/Regeringskansliet & UNDP

This week, the United Nations Development Programme will celebrate 50 years at the heart of international development. To mark the occasion, Ministers from across the world will meet in New York on February 24 to chart a course for the future of global development.

Back in 1966, United Nations leaders fighting poverty came together to form United Nations Development Programme.  For 50 years now, UNDP has been in the forefronts of global development by building institutions, increasing resilience, helping countries implement vital reforms, and coordinating the important work of the UN system. UNDP’s work has contributed to major development advances and played a transformational role in reducing poverty, empowering women, creating jobs, protecting the environment, and lots more in the nearly 170 countries where UNDP is active.

Sweden is a member of the UNDP Executive Board, whose 36 member countries meet three times a year. The Swedish core support to UNDP has, with small variations, remained at nearly 60 million USD in annual contributions. In the recent years, Sweden has been one of UNDP's five largest core donors along with Norway, UK, USA, and Japan. Sweden has now been appointed Champion of the UNDP, and has the important task of raising awareness of UNDP's work, results and core funding. 

On the occasion of the 50th anniversary, UNDP is looking toward the future of people and planet, and is committed to finish the job that started 50 years ago – ending poverty once and for all.

Kristina Persson, responsible for implementation of the 2030 Agenda at the Swedish Prime Minister's Office, is attending the UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting this week. This meeting is taking place at a crucial moment in the landmark year of the beginning of 2030 Agenda implementation. UNDP is evolving, and it is important to understand how member states want to partner with UNDP to meet the Sustainable Development Goals and their own national development goals.

The attending Ministers, from over 60 different countries, will be involved in high-level debates on how to translate ambitious global commitments – from financing development, eradicating poverty, reducing inequality, addressing climate change and building peace – into concrete action and results. They will share their visions on making the Sustainable Development Goals a reality, building a more prosperous, fair, and inclusive world for all.