Working in nearly every corner of the world, UNDP’s work is vital to our shared vision for a world free from poverty, where every man, woman, and child can be educated, healthy, and have a livelihood they can be proud of. The UK has been one of the strongest supports of UNDP since its creation, contributing $76 million in core funding. We do so because without this dedicated agency of individuals around the world, the Millennium Development Goals and the 17 Global Goals would be little more than a pipe dream.
Without further adieu, from literacy programmes, to clean water projects, to the muppets, here are our favourite 50 photos from 50 years of the UNDP.
The 1960s saw the birth of an agency that hit the ground running. Photos from China, Iran, Senegal, and Pakistan showcase the wide variety of programs UNDP undertook from the very beginning. (Photo credit: UN Photo)
1970s A decade following the UNDP’s birth saw programmes in Latin America, Africa and Asia ranging from agricultural support, reforestation, the protection of endangered species, and mineral exploration.
(Photo credit: UN Photo)
Vocational training, confronting marine pollution, and fighting desertification. Just a small sample of UNDP’s global projects in the 1980s. (Photo credit: UN Photo)
News projects, wider engagement, and the recruitment of some familiar faces to bolster the cause. The United Kingdom’s very own Mark Malloch-Brown takes the reigns of the growing UN agency. (Photo credit: UN Photo)
Ever heard of the Millennium Development Goals? They laid the groundwork for the #GlobalGoals and UNDP was a big part in their implementation. More projects from India to Kosovo to Liberia. (Photo credit: UN Photo and UNDP)
New crises, new technologies, and challenges. 2010s saw the rises of conflicts not often seen in the modern era and offered Global Goals to give hope to the world’s billions that no one would be left behind. (Photo credit: UN Photo, UNDP, UK Mission to the UN)
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