United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Seoul Policy Centre
As the lead UN development agency, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) helps implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its work in some 170 countries and territories. UNDP’s strategic plan focuses on key areas including poverty alleviation, democratic governance and peace-building, climate change and disaster risk, and economic inequality. UNDP provides support to governments to integrate the SDGs into their national development plans and policies.
For more than 40 years (1963-2009), UNDP supported the people and the government of the Republic of Korea, delivering 270 projects in 20 areas mirroring the Republic of Korea’s development path. UNDP closed its country office in 2009, as the country joined the OECD Development Assistance Committee (DAC), affirming its status as a significant contributor of development aid. In this context, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) was established in 2011, with the objective of brokering new partnerships between the Republic of Korea and the developing world through UNDP networks. USPC is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and UNDP.