EU and UNDP Partnership

The Strategic Partnership Agreement signed by the European Commission and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in 2004 is based on a shared set of goals for advancing peace and security, human rights and development across the globe. A guiding principle of our work is to support countries in their efforts to eradicate poverty and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a set of 17 universal goals adopted by world leaders at the United Nations in September 2015 to achieve a more peaceful, prosperous and sustainable future by 2030.

Our work in the Arab States region includes three of UNDP’s focus areas:Sustainable Development, Democratic Governance and Peacebuilding,Climate and Disaster Resilience

Facts and Results

In Yemen, 1,699 people affected by the current crisis have benefitted from cash-for-work activities—this has proven an important boon to local small businesses, which have been struggling to create new jobs. more

Focus areas

  • Building a sustainable, inclusive future

    The EU and UNDP work together to promote an inclusive, sustainable development agenda in the region. Using innovative approaches, we help local governments, communities and community organisations create and carry out impactful development plans that can boost local economies and help Arab States achieve the SDGs. Equally important are our efforts to empower women, youth and vulnerable groups so that social and political opportunities are available to all. more 

  • Peace and Democracy

    we support efforts to promote government accountability and transparency; help governments better deliver basic social services and boost economic development; and promote the rule of law to advance justice, security and the protection of human rights. In countries struggling with conflict or its aftereffects, we support joint conflict analysis, early warning and risk management, as well as national and local dialogues that can lead to lasting peace, trust, inclusion and social cohesion. more 

  • Building resilience

    We support efforts to improve food and water security, increase communities’ abilities to respond to climatic disasters, and ensure that crisis and conflict recovery are carried out in a way that makes communities resilient against future shocks. To help Arab States become as resilient as possible, we work with governments, civil societies and the private sector, as well as regional partners, sister UN agencies and global funds, such as the Global Environment Facility and the Green Climate Fund. more 

Our Stories

European Union funded Cash for Work Activities in Hodeidah under ERRY project 2016
European Union and UNDP support social protection for community resilience in Yemen

Brussels —The European Union (EU) confirms its commitment to Yemen by providing EUR 25 million (nearly USD 27 million) to support the vulnerable Yemeni people affectedmore 

High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Ms. Federica Mogherini, delivering a speech at the Exile Voices exhibition in Brussels. Photo: UNDP Brussels/2016
Photo exhibition raises awareness about the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Syria, showcases EU-UNDP partnership

Brussels- A photography exhibition which raises awareness about the ongoing humanitarian and development challenges in Iraq and Syria was organized on 25 November 2016 in themore 

All development partners and the Minister of International Cooperation at the press conference in Al Alamien. Abdel Hamid Ezzat/UNDP Egypt
The European Union, Ministry of International Cooperation, and UNDP, inaugurate the Artificial Limbs Center on the North-West Coast

The Egyptian Ministry of International Cooperation, the European Union (EU) Delegation to Egypt, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) inaugurated today the Artificial Limbs Centermore 

Partnership between Ministry of Interior, UNDP and the European Union in support of Local Development and Participatory Democracy

                                       Funding by the European Union of € 8 million Algiers- A program of capacity building in local development / joint models (CapDEL) was signed todaymore 

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