The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is the UN's development agency, advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources. On the ground in more than 170 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations.
In 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will celebrate its 50th anniversary. UNDP came into being in 1966 as a merger of two predecessors: the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, and the United Nations Special Fund. Today, fifty years later, UNDP is as relevant as ever: leading the UN development system in over 170 countries and territories and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. To mark the occasion, UNDP is hosting a Ministerial Meeting on 24 February 2016. Ministers from all UN Member States are invited.
The United Nations summit for the adoption of the post-2015 development agenda will be held from 25 to 27 September 2015, in New York and convened as a high-level plenary meeting of the General Assembly.