UNDP's Strategic Plan 2018-2021 sets out the direction for a new UNDP, optimized to help countries achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The Plan describes how UNDP will better adapt to the range of country contexts in which we work, part of which is a series of signature solutions that define the core work of UNDP.
The first signature solution will target the barriers and vulnerabilities that keep people in poverty or that push them back into poverty, including when shocks and crises occur. It will use a mix of solutions including improving rural and urban livelihoods, strengthening gender equality, building social protection, ensuring access to water, clean energy and other basic services and strengthening financial inclusion, in order to help build resilience to economic, environmental or health shocks.
In rural areas which are largely dependent on agriculture and natural resources, this signature solution will be closely related to issues of food security and the resilience of agricultural systems. In contexts where the dominant challenge has moved beyond addressing poverty thresholds, this signature solution will assist with transitions and structural shifts including economic diversification, redressing widening inequalities including gender inequalities, technology and skills alignment, etc.,
Investing in new technologies, including those that help reduce emissions, and supporting climate policies will be critical for sustainable poverty reduction. The technical capacities of agencies such as the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization will be valuable in the work on emissions reduction, to complement the technical and implementation capacities of UNDP.
In the context of crises, securing incomes and assisting recovery efforts for building resilience to reversals will be an important entry point so that once stabilized, countries can return to sustainable development pathways. In delivering this signature solution, UNDP will work in collaboration with key sister agencies such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), International Labour Organization (ILO), UNICEF and UNFPA on livelihoods, job creation and social protection, UNCDF on financial inclusion and UN-Women on the gender dimensions of job creation and crisis recovery, amongst others.