United Nations Development Program Thailand

About United Nations Development Program

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the United Nations’ global development network. It advocates for change and connects countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. UNDP operates in 177 countries, working with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and its wide range of partners.

UNDP is an executive board within the United Nations General Assembly. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest ranking official of the United Nations after the United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.

Headquartered in New York City, the UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. The organization has country offices in 177 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity. Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

UNDP provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. To accomplish the MDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, social development, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programs.

Furthermore, the UNDP Human Development Report Office publishes an annual Human Development Report (since 1990) to measure and analyze developmental progress. In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports.

UNDP’s  Thailand

The objective of the UNDP-Thailand partnership is to help create the policy and institutional environment necessary for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In addition, the partnership supports Thailand’s efforts to disseminate its development knowledge and expertise beyond its borders.

UNDP’s work in Thailand can be divided into five broad thematic areas.

Environmentally-Sustainable Development

The Environment programme is based on a partnership approach that brings in a number of stakeholders, including communities, NGOs, and local and national authorities. The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has allocated US$23.9 million to Thailand through 2010 in two critical focal areas: biodiversity and climate change. There are two on-going large GEF projects. UNDP also manages the GEF Small Grants Programme, through which over 200 small projects have been implemented in Thailand since 1998, including wetland conservation, integrated and organic farming, renewable energy, and use of agro-waste.

Responsive Governance

At the national level, UNDP helps foster democratic governance by providing support to civic education among the general public. At the local level, UNDP supports the government’s decentralisation process by building capacity for strategic planning and service delivery, particularly at the municipal and sub-district levels. One example is the introduction of a “People’s Audit”, an evidence-based planning tool that allows people to provide feedback on the delivery of public services.

International Partnership for Development

A key component of the UNDP-Thailand partnership focuses on promoting Thailand as an emerging donor and contributor to the global partnership for development called for in Millennium Development Goal 8. Areas of collaboration include: supporting new initiatives to enhance cooperation between Thailand and developing countries in the region and beyond, strengthening the effectiveness and coordination of Thailand’s development aid with that of other countries; and promoting Thai nationals serving abroad as volunteers

Millennium Development Goals

UNDP is helping to build a coalition in Thailand that promotes action on the MDGs. UNDP also supports Thailand in its MDG-plus targets and going beyond national achievements to focus on specific regions and groups. Initiatives include publication of national Human Development Reports; reports on Thailand’s progress on particular MDGs, such as MDG3 (women’s political empowerment), MDG 6 (HIV/AIDS), and MDG 8 (International Partnership for Development); and provincial-level MDG reports.


UNDP Thailand focuses on three priorities: promoting broad-based dialogue and analysis on HIV/AIDS; capacity building at the provincial and local levels to foster a more inclusive, rights-based and gender sensitive response to HIV/AIDS; and fighting stigma and discrimination.

UNDP’s Thailand
12th Floor, United Nations Building, Rajdamnern Nok Avenue, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Tel: (66-2) 2881234

UNDP Thailand

UNDP Thailand


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