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.
Significant gender inequalities persist in every region of the world, manifest as the unequal distribution of care work, lack of equitable access to decision-making and unequal access to basic services, assets and finance. Addressing these inequalities and their structural causes, and discriminatory practices that perpetuate them, requires sustained, multisectoral interventions. The signature solution will entail work with ILO. UNFPA, UN-Women and other agencies to develop interventions to reform discriminatory laws, institutions and policies. It will enable decent work in formal and informal sectors, access to basic services and infrastructure including clean energy, sanitation and physical security.
Further, this solution will focus on promoting equal political and economic participation enabled by supportive policies. Interventions in these areas will help improve equitable access to transformative livelihoods and strengthen women’s resilience through gender-responsive and sustainable economic and environmental policies. This signature solution will be delivered in partnership with relevant sister agencies, recognizing in particular the role played by agencies such as UN-Women and ILO in establishing norms and standards. UNDP will support, as requested, gender mainstreaming in development strategies in order to enable the gender-responsive implementation of the 2030 Agenda and related agreements.