What We Do

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) partners with people at all levels of society to help build nations and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of life for everyone. Our mission is to be an agent for change to promote human development and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). On the ground in 177 countries and territories, we offer global perspective and local insight to help empower lives and build resilient nations. UNDP is one of six resident UN agencies that make up the United Nations Country Team in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK). We are committed to improving the quality of life of its people and supporting sustainable human development objectives. This includes addressing critical human needs such as food production, rural energy development, disaster preparedness and socio-economic development. Concentrating our programmes in these areas will serve the humanitarian and development needs of the DPRK’s civilian population.

Our Goals

Better Hygiene for Children

Children in the kindergarten of the Mopung co-operative farm enjoy the use of hot water made possible through a solar water heating system.more

The goal of UNDP DPRK is to implement the projects approved by the Executive Board in 2009. The six projects that are currently being implemented correspond to the following areas: food security and rural development; climate change and the environment; and the MDGs. The successful and effective implementation of these initiatives will have a direct impact in the lives of people, particularly rural populations. They are in line with national priorities to combat poverty, improve people’s quality of life and achieve the MDGs.

The new Country Programme Document (CPD) for 2011-2015 was approved by the Board in February 2011. The areas covered by the CPD include food security and rural development; socio-economic development; and climate change and the environment. Efforts are currently under way to initiate its implementation.


Our Stories


Saving Trees through the Sun

Because of the severely cold climate and the lack of fuel to heat houses and prepare food, people in rural areas tend to deplete nearby forests.more 

Threshing and seed drying floor

Work Teams of Co-operative Seed Farms Improving Seed Production

In 2011, three co-operative seed farms were selected for pilot projects on seed production, with the technical assistance of the Food and Agriculture Organization and themore 

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