The United Nations Development Programme (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
operates in more than 166 countries, working with them in close collaboration on their own solutions to global and
national development challenges.

UNDP’s central mandate is to help developing countries build their own national capacity to achieve sustainable
human development. As countries develop local capacity, they are more proficient in drawing on the people of
UNDP and our wide range of partners. In this and other ways, UNDP helps developing countries to attract and
use development aid effectively. In all our activities, UNDP encourages the protection of human rights and the
empowerment of women.

At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, world leaders placed development at the centre of the global
agenda by adopting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which set clear targets for reducing poverty, hunger,
disease, illiteracy, environmental degradation and discrimination against women by 2015. UNDP’s global network
connects countries to the knowledge and resources needed to achieve the MDGs, while it also facilitates its partners
and the UN System in raising awareness and tracking progress towards these goals.

UNDP has been operating in Guyana since 1965 supporting the peoples of Guyana in pursuit of national goals
and objectives as articulated by the Government in its national development strategic frameworks. Since 2001, the
Guyana National Development Strategy (2001-2010) and the Guyana Poverty Reduction Strategy have served as the
foundation for the programming of UNDP’s technical cooperation.

UNDP’s substantive focus in Guyana is as follows:

  • Democratic Governance
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Energy and Environment
  • Crisis Prevention and Recovery