United Nations Development Program

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations' global development network. It is an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly that was established at 1st January 1965, by General Assembly Resolution 2029 (XX) (1965). It supports and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help proper benefit of assistance for development (http://www.undp.org).

It identifies and focuses primarily on four developmental challenges: poverty reduction and the implementation of Agenda 2030 for sustainable development; Democratic governance; Crisis prevention and recovery; Environment and Sustainable Development.

UNDP operates in more than 170 countries and territories.


UNDP in Romania

UNDP opened an Office in Bucharest in 1972; at 1st February 1972 six major projects with a total budget of 41.1 mil USD were already in place (of which 8.6 mil USD, UNDP contribution). Thus, Romania was the first of the Eastern European countries behind the Iron Curtin to host an official representation of the UNDP.

During the Romania-UNDP cooperation the Programme provided technical assistance and know-how throughout various training programmes in different fields for the Romanian experts.

Even from the very beginning of the last decay, UNDP provided consistent assistance for the development of the country on its efforts to accession to NATO and EU. UNDP was the main partner of the Government when elaborating the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (horizon 2010-2030). The document is essential for the sectorial policies planning as well as for the EU membership commitments.

For the period 2010-2012 the Romania – UNDP cooperation run under new partnership conditions focusing on fields of interest for Romania as EU Member State that requires to define a new profile, different than the classical one of an UN assistance beneficiary.

The Agreement between the Government of Romania and the United Nations Development Programme concluded at 23 January 1991 and approved by the Government Decision 113/15 February 1991, represented the legal Framework of Romania-UNDP Cooperation; the Agreement ended in December 2012.

Beyond this transition period, the focus has fallen on more flexible cooperation with the Programme, including the finalizing of the on-going projects agreed before 2010 and lasting till the first half of 2016 as well as on support to consolidate the national capacities to provide assistance for development (for more details access the following link: www.undp.ro).

February 2016