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UNDP 50th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 10:15

In 2016, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will celebrate its 50th anniversary.

UNDP came into being in 1966 as a merger of two predecessors: the Expanded Programme of Technical Assistance, and the United Nations Special Fund.

Today, fifty years later, UNDP is as relevant as ever: leading the UN development system in over 170 countries and territories and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life.

To mark the occasion, UNDP is hosting a Ministerial Meeting on 24 February 2016. Ministers from all UN Member States are invited.

The Ministerial Meeting will be an occasion for Member States to celebrate UNDP’s past, and chart a course for the future of global development.

Participating Ministers will share their vision for how UNDP, over the coming decades, can best contribute to countries’ efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).




The Ministerial Meeting will look ahead to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Ministers will be given a platform for sharing with peers their vision for the successful implementation of Agenda 2030, and their views on UNDP’s role as a partner in achieving the SDGs.

Ministers will participate in high-level debates on how to translate the ambitious global commitments into action and results. The agenda will include both plenary and smaller thematic sessions on the following themes:

  • Eradicating poverty – leaving no one behind: How to put in place specific measures that lead to inclusive growth and eradicate poverty in all its dimensions?
  • Protecting planet, sustaining development: How to balance economic growth and improve livelihoods with responsibility to protect the environment?
  • Ending violence, building peace: How to ensure governance, peace and security are durable and benefit all parts of society?
  • Managing risk, building resilience: How to identify risks and take appropriate action to prepare for disasters and adapt to climate change?


Ministers from all UN Member States are invited. Participation by Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Planning, Development or Finance is expected.

The event will be hosted by the UNDP Administrator. The UN Secretary-General is expected to take part.


The Ministerial Meeting will take place on 24 February 2016, in the UN Trusteeship Council Chamber, in New York.


For more information, please contact us at  UNDP50.ministerial.meeting@undp.org

Organizer :
  • UNDP