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The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It was established in 1966 and has since helped people all over the world build nations that can withstand crisis while improving and sustaining growth and quality of life.

The UNDP has agents on the ground in 177 countries, working on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As these countries develop the local capacity to solve their unique issues, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners for assistance.

In February 2012, Israel was granted its first ever seat on the executive board of UNDP. “This is a milestone in Israel’s integration to the global agenda of the UN,” said Israel's Deputy Permanent Representative Haim Waxman. “Furthermore, this is the expression of a journey that we have taken from being a developing nation born in adversity to becoming a developed nation, a member of the OECD and now a full member of the UNDP."

UNDP works in four main areas: poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; environment and sustainable development.

The following is a statistical overview of UNDP:

  • 128 countries receiving support for democratic governance
  • 103 countries receiving support for anti-corruption efforts
  • 60 countries receiving election assistance
  • 60% of municipalities in Jordan are now using a UNDP-created property tax collection system
  • 1.2 million people benefited from UNDP temporary job programmes in Haiti
  • 250,000 people in Armenia benefited water, sanitation, microfinance and other UNDP programmes
  • 150,000 people in Liberia received counseling and treatment for HIV & AIDS with UNDP help
  • $550 million in interest savings for Jamaica after UNDP helped negotiate with creditors
  • 6 million square metres of land cleared in Cambodia with UNDP support
  • 95% of UNDP's partners consider the organization to be a "critical partner" in contributing to the MDG

Sources: UN Development Programme

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