UNDP and the UN System

The United Nations Development Programme has been in Cambodia over 50 years, operating from 1958 to 1975, resuming in a limited capacity in 1980 contributing to emergency relief operations, and formally establishing its offices in Phnom Penh in 1994 with the signature of the Standard Basic Assistance Agreement (SBAA).

UNDP is one of 23 UN agencies, funds and programmes operating in Cambodia under the umbrella of the UN Resident Coordinator system, which works to ensure that UN activities complement each other and do not overlap. The overarching aim of UNDP’s work is supporting progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). All our activities are done in close collaboration with the Government under the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF 2016 – 2018), which is aligned to the Rectangular Strategy for Growth, Employment, Equity and Efficiency Phase III and the National Strategic Development Plan (NSDP 2014 – 2018) across the following three areas of national priority:  

  • By 2018, people living in Cambodia, in particular youth, women and vulnerable groups, are enabled to actively participate in and benefit equitably from growth and development that is sustainable and does not compromise the well-being, natural and cultural resources of future generations.
  • By 2018, more people, especially vulnerable, poor and marginalized groups are equitably benefiting from and contributing to affordable, sustainable and quality social services and protection and have gained enhanced skills to achieve and contribute to social and human development.
  • By 2018, national and sub-national institutions are more transparent and accountable for key public sector reforms and rule of law, are more responsive to the inequalities in the enjoyment of human rights of all people living in Cambodia, and increase civic participation in democratic decision-making. 

UN agencies in the country

In Cambodia, there are 23 United Nations Agencies. The followings are their names and links.