United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) embodies Article 55 of the Charter of the United Nations (1945), which outlines the organization’s responsibility to promote “higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development” as prerequisites to peace.1 Originally, development activities of the United Nations (UN) consisted largely of providing technical advice through the UN Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance (EPTA) and support for pre-investment projects through the UN Special Fund, created in 1949 and 1958 respectively, for the benefit of less developed countries.2 To streamline these assistance programs, General Assembly resolution 2029 (XX) of 22 November 1965 consolidated the EPTA and the UN Special Fund to establish UNDP as of 1 January 1966.3 Today, as the UN’s “global development network,” UNDP promotes development countries and territories by carrying out activities aimed at eliminating poverty, reducing inequalities, strengthening democratic governance, and supporting crisis prevention and recovery.

Background Guide

Chair: Caroline Keefe

Caroline Keefe is a junior from Montclair, New Jersey studying Political Science, with minors in Global Health and French. She served as the Assistant Chair of the UNHCR Committee for DUMUNC 2016 and has been a member of the competitive Duke Model United Nations Team since her sophomore year. Outside of Duke MUN, Caroline is involved with the Kenan Institute for Ethics, Supporting Women’s Action, and the Duke Figure Skating Club. Caroline can also be found procrastinating in the library, procrastinating in Vondy, and procrastinating in West Union. Feel free to contact Caroline at ck151@duke.edu.