United Nations Development Programme Committee
This page is about the United Nations Development Programme Committee.
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations' global development network, is the largest multilateral source of development assistance in the world. The UNDP is an executive board within the United Nations Economic and Social Council. The UNDP Administrator is the third highest ranking member of the United Nations after the United Nations Secretary-General and Deputy Secretary-General.
Headquartered in New York City, the UNDP is funded entirely by voluntary contributions from member nations. The organization has country offices in 166 countries, where it works with local governments to meet development challenges and develop local capacity. Additionally, the UNDP works internationally to help countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
UNDP provides expert advice, training, and grant support to developing countries, with increasing emphasis on assistance to the least developed countries. To accomplish the MDGs and encourage global development, UNDP focuses on poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS, democratic governance, energy and environment, and crisis prevention and recovery. UNDP also encourages the protection of human rights and the empowerment of women in all of its programs.
Furthermore, UNDP publishes an annual Human Development Report to measure and analyze developmental progress. In addition to a global Report, UNDP publishes regional, national, and local Human Development Reports.
What to expect
The UNDP is an ECOSOC committee and thus, can vary in size. It can be as small as 25 members at some conferences and as large as 300 in others. Be prepared to face large crowds. As you can imagine, large crowds require exceptional use of the unmoderated caucus time. Remembering names, weaving through crowds and getting attention are problems you'll encounter in any such committee.
However, one thing worth remembering, is that the UNDP is the only committee where everyone, essentially, has the same goal. Ending poverty. Nonetheless, everyone's different methods of doing so will make debate as heated as in any other committee.
UNDP topics are more often than not, based around economics. However, before signing up for this committee, regardless of the topic, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW THE MILLENIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS. Debate in this committee will always gravitate towards the MDGs. Chances are very strong that one or all of the committee topics will be the achievement of one of the goals.
Other topics oftentimes include: the delivery of humanitarian aid, post-conflict development, private-sector involvement in development,