Energy efficient kindergarten in Taegun Ri, Yonsan County

UNDP in DPR Korea

The overarching goal of the UNDP programme in DPRK as approved by Executive Board at its first regular session of 2011 is to ‘support the national goal of “Restoring the quality of life of people to the highest level achieved before economic and humanitarian difficulties in mid 1990s’”. By filling nutrition energy, and disaster preperadness gaps, UNDP contributes to reducing the vulnerability of people in rural communities, thus helping them to become more resilient.

In the DPR Korea, UNDP operates  with relatively limited resources in a challenging environment constrained by the unique situation on the Korean peninsula. In 2017, UNDP’s programme delivery was USD 4.6 million in 5 provinces and 11 counties.


UNDP was the first UN agency to establish an office in DPR Korea, based on a Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA) signed with the Government on 8 November 1979.

In October 2009, after two years and half of suspension (2007-2009) and implementaiton of recommendations for improvements by an independent review panel the office was re-opened, headed by the UN Resident Coordinator/UNDP Resident Representative, and international staff were engaged. Six projects, in agriculture, rural energy and statistics, were updated and resumed their activities in 2010.  

A UNDP Country Programme Document (CPD) was approved by the Executive Board in February 2011 for five years (2011-2015).  The CPD, which was later extended into 2016, outlines three areas of programmatic focus:

  • Food security and rural development
  • Socio-economic development
  • Environment and Climate Change

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Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

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