Sustainable development

UNDP partners with countries in Latin America and the Caribbean – the vast majority of them Middle Income Countries – as they find their own paths towards sustainable development, seeking to simultaneously reduce poverty and inequality. This entails policies that encourage economic growth and deliver social gains for all while ensuring environmental sustainability. We work hand-in-hand with governments at the national and local levels, as well as civil society and the private sector to tackle the connected issues of multidimensional poverty (addressing well-being beyond income measurements alone), historic inequalities and exclusion.

Our goals

Our partnerships enhance knowledge and skills to strengthen institutions that can deliver quality services to all citizens, with special attention to historically vulnerable populations such as women, youth and people of indigenous and African descent. It also encourages sustainable production technologies, disaster risk reduction programmes and policies that help secure hard won development gains.

We help countries build their capacity to integrate environmental considerations into development plans and strategies, including management and sustainable use of natural resources, ensuring that natural wealth is used to improve peoples’ livelihoods. Photo: UNDP in Guatemalamore

Our stories

UNDP in Dominican Republic
Light reaches rural communities in the Dominican Republic

In the Dominican Republic, UNDP has been working for more than 18 years to promote renewable energy in poor rural communities.more 

Evelin, Daniel and Sasha are graduates of Munijoven’s English training programme. Photo: Silvia Ma. Aragón. UNDP Guatemala.
Broadening career opportunities in Guatemala

Evelin Quevedo, Daniel Vargas and Sasha Saraí are around 20 years old and share the satisfaction of having reached their common goal: find a job bymore 

UNDP in Colombia
From displaced people to micro-entrepreneurs in Colombia

Since 2012, 1,100 businesses in 25 cities have participated.more 

UNDP in Belize
In Belize, teaching youth life-skills to prepare for workplace

90 young men graduated from the training and apprenticeship programme. Many have since found full-time employment or have decided to continue their education.more 

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