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Human Rights Day in Brussels

This year, the UN Human Rights Office in Brussels celebrated Human Rights Day by welcoming the public to a special screening at Bozar of Virunga - a documentary that explores the role that extractive industries have played in feeding the conflict and violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

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WFP launches #FamilyMeal photo competition

Why is sharing a family meal important to you? WFP and the European Union are shining a spotlight during the coming holiday season on the universal custom of the family meal, launching the Family Meal Photo Competition, with celebrity chef Jamie Oliver on the judging panel.

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Ninth Annual UN-EU Partnership Report launched on UN Day

The ninth annual Partnership Report “Saving and Improving Lives” presents the United Nations - European Union humanitarian and development cooperation in 2013. The web photo publication and the videos included in the report will take you through the results of our work on the ground.

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‘The Family Meal – What brings us together?’

A new photo exhibition by the UN World Food Programme funded by the European Commission.

In an attempt to explore the question of ‘What brings us together?’, photographer Chris Terry went in search of the ingredients of the family meal.

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September - Climate Momentum

In these otherwise dark times of war and violence, the global mobilization for the climate has been a welcome ray of sunshine.

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UN Day in Brussels

We celebrated the 69th birthday of the United Nations on the Grand Place in Brussels, Sunday 26 October - Check out the pictures from the day or learn more about what was going on.

You might also be interested in our digital e-Kit full of useful links to documents and information materials that were on display at the village.

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UN Security Council visits Belgium

This weekend the Security Council will visit Belgium. This visit is part of the remembrance of the First World War. It's the first time that the Security Council will visit the country. After Belgium, the Council will visit the Netherlands, Somalia and South Sudan.

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July – MDG Report 2014 Released

The 2014 Millennium Development Goals Report examines the latest progress towards achieving the MDGs, it reaffirms that the MDGs have made a profound difference in people’s lives; global poverty has been halved five years ahead of the 2015 timeframe, according to a new report launched on Monday, 7th July, by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP leads the UN's efforts towards sustainable development

UNDP logo UNDP is a trusted partner of governments, civil society and the private sector, working towards finding solutions to global and national development challenges. We are present on the ground in over 170 countries and territories, and we have 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 work with people and countries to improve lives and build resilient nations.  

World leaders have pledged to strongly support the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), including the overarching goal of cutting poverty in half by 2015. UNDP's extensive connections throughout the globe supports efforts to reach the MDGs, while at the same time helping to refocus these goals beyond 2015 to address new and pressing development challenges. 

UNDP is currently an important contributor to the comprehensive world-wide discussions on the implementation of the Rio +20 Conference Outcomes. We are also co-leader of a multi-UN agency team that works to ensure that all – the poor, women, men and young people from all continents on the planet – can have a voice in deciding what the post-2015 development framework will look like. This contributes to people-centered development that is driven by national priorities.

UNDP Representation Office in Brussels

UNDP's Representation Office in Brussels partners with the institutions of the European Union. Together with our partners in the EU, our goal is to promote and advance the development agenda and international UN standards - both in EU policy discussions and in the external action of the European Union. We also support the knowledge-sharing and policy dialogue between UNDP and the EU, and strive to have a solid understanding of each other's priorities and strategies.

The EU, which is the largest contributor of ODA world-wide, is also an important partner in providing funding for UNDP's activities around the world – together we work in over 110 countries. The UNDP Brussels Office nurtures this partnership, mobilizes resources and supports UNDP Country Offices around the world in their relationship with the European Union.

UNDP Brussels also works to promote greater coordination among the UN system, facilitate the UN's interaction with EU institutions and provide support to official UN-visits from headquarters and the field.

UNDP's Representation Office in Brussels also represents UNDP towards Belgium and its governing institutions.


Human Development Report 2011  - Sustainability and Equity: A Better Future for All


The 2011 Human Development Report argues that the urgent global challenges of sustainability and equity must be addressed together – and identifies policies on the national and global level that could spur mutually reinforcing progress towards these interlinked goals. Bold action is needed on both fronts, the Report contends, if the recent human development progress for most of the world’s poor majority is to be sustained, for the benefit of future generations as well as for those living today. Past Reports have shown that living standards in most countries have been rising - and converging - for several decades now. Yet the 2011 Report projects a disturbing reversal of those trends if environmental deterioration and social inequalities continue to intensify, with the least developed countries diverging downwards from global patterns of progress by 2050.

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UNDP Annual Report 2011/2012: The Sustainable Future We Want

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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 his plan: sustainable development; preventing and mitigating conflicts; preventing human rights abuses; minimizing 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's 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, 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.

Read more about what we have achieved in this annual report.

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UNDP produce a wide variety of publications that are available free of charge in electronic form on the UNDP Web site Through its publications, UNDP makes an invaluable contribution to the global development debate aimed at finding solutions to improve people's lives.

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What brings us together? - A World Food Programme & European Union project looking at 'The Family Meal'. 

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