Early in 2011, the UN Secretary-General outlined a five-year action plan to build “the future we want,” one that is safer, more secure, more sustainable and more equitable.
A number of critical imperatives lay at the heart of this plan: sustainable development; preventing and mitigating conflicts; preventing human rights abuses; minimising the impacts of natural disasters; building a safer and more secure world; supporting countries in transition; and working to engage the talents of women and young people.
UNDP has a presence on the ground in over 170 countries and territories and decades of concrete development experience in countries ranging from fragile States to middle-income countries like Brazil and Indonesia. This, combined with our four focus areas — poverty reduction and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; and environment and sustainable development — make us uniquely situated and qualified to answer the Secretary-General’s call for a better future. Indeed, all four of these pillars are necessary if we are to realize a sustainable future:
Poverty Reduction and MDG Achievement
Sustainable development refers not just to the environmental aspects of development but also to the economic and social dimensions. For example, along with a stronger focus on developing a green economy, governments and the private sector must also ensure that pro-poor policies provide equal benefits for all groups of people in a country.