UNDP Celebrates 50 Years existence across countries in the world

Feb 24, 2016

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On February 24th 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) celebrates its 50th anniversary, having come into existence in 1966.

Today, fifty years later, UNDP as a leader of the UN development system, remains as relevant as ever with a track record in development and partnerships with Member States and building resilience.

The importance of addressing the root causes of fragility, conflict and displacement as well as bridging the humanitarian-development divide is recognized in more than 160 countries where UNDP has its presence.

In Liberia, UNDP is a historical partner of the Government of Liberia, delivering over close to $500m over the period 2004-2015, and assisting the country shift from post-conflict stabilization, (including supporting 2 successive elections), to laying the foundation for inclusive and sustainable growth, reducing poverty and progressing towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals and now marching towards the SDGs.

UNDP has also been instrumental in supporting some of the major structural reforms on governance and state-building, with major assistance over the years going into elections, legislative strengthening, transparency of public procurement, improvements in public administration, and reinforcement of local governments to deliver basic services, working through and with the government as well as development partners.

Critical support has also gone into the justice and security sector institutions focusing on rapid restoration of access to justice and the rule of law, and longer-term recovery of justice and security sector institutions. 

”Going forward, UNDP will continue to work with government in accelerating Liberia’s development aspirations, fostering inclusion, consolidating peace and security for all and ensuring open and democratic governance in Liberia’ says UNDP Country Director Kamil Kamaluddeen.

To mark the 50th anniversary celebration, UNDP will be hosting a Ministerial Meeting on 24 February in New York providing an occasion for Member States to celebrate UNDP’s past, and chart a course for the future of global development.

The Ministers will share their vision on how UNDP, over the coming decades, can best contribute to countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


For further formation, contact:

Augusta Pshorr –Communications Analyst E-mail: augusta.pshorr@undp.org Tel: +231-770-003-819/886-521-425

Sam Zota –National UNV Communications Associate Email: zotasam@gmail.com Tel: +231-886-474-563/770175162

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