UNDP’s MDG Mandate

Une femme transporte des pierres dans un panier posé sur sa tête à Suai Loro au Timor Leste.
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As the specialized agency of the United Nations focusing on Development, UNDP has a mandate of supporting countries in their development path, and coordinating the UN System at the country level.

In this capacity, the UN Secretary General requested that UNDP be the MDG Scorekeeper (Download PDF here), in addition to UNDP’s ongoing programmatic work in accomplishing the MDGs. The “Road map towards the implementation of the United Nations Millennium Declaration” (Download PDF here) notes that UNDP will coordinate the reporting on progress towards the Millennium Development Goals at the country level.

As the scorekeeper, UNDP supports the implementation of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Core Strategy (Download PDF here), including :

  • Coordinating and providing financial support for the preparation of MDG country monitoring reports
  • Forging closer collaboration within UN Country Teams on policy advocacy, while promoting a strong response to national MDG priorities through United Nations Development Assistance Frameworks (UNDAFs) and Country Programmes.

UNDP, in collaboration with the UNDG and the Inter Agency Expert Group (IAEG) on Targets and Indicators, has been providing technical and financial support to help countries report progress on their national MDG targets, and developing the MDG National Report Guidelines (Download the PDF here), which are updated every few years to reflect emerging development priorities and agendas.

MDG Country Reports

MDG country reports are one of the best instruments for obtaining nationally-generated MDG-based evidence, and for extracting main challenges and opportunities.

To date, more than 400 nationally-owned reports have been developed and published. Data and lessons generated in these reports helped make a strong case for the UNDG-endorsed and UNDP-field-tested MDG Acceleration Framework (MAF), one of the key outcomes of the 2010 UN Summit (Download the PDF here).

The last round of national MDG reports will provide a collective review, and key lessons learnt, for MDG achievement; and will help inform and shape the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.