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Teams to end poverty



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. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

World leaders have pledged to achieve the Millennium Development Goals including the overarching goals of halving poverty by 2015. The MDG's are now the priority mission for both the UNDP and the United Nations system. UNDP's network links and co-ordinates global and national efforts to reach these Goals. Our focus is helping countries build and share solutions to the challenges of:

    Democratic Governance: improving the choices available to the citizens of developing countries, through greater government accountability and more effective institutions.
    Poverty Reduction: breaking the cycle of deprivation and hopelessness that is the first obstacle to every kind of development.
    Crisis Prevention and Recovery: helping the nearly one-quarter of the world's population living in crisis or post-crisis regions to make the transition from humanitarian dependence back to community-driven development.
    Energy and Environment: building developing-country capacity to protect natural resources wisely, acquire them affordably, and use them sustainably.
    HIV/AIDS: strengthening government responses to a disease that is stealing the future of a generation.

UNDP helps developing countries attract and use aid effectively. In all our activities, we encourage the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women. UNDP works in close collaboration with all the other areas of the United Nations system, civil society and the private sector.

The initiative
876 million adults are illiterate. Two-thirds of these are women.
United Nations Development Programme
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