New Year, New Plan

Sustainable development
in 2022

As the new year opens, the world is battling a global pandemic and confronting a planetary emergency. Both COVID-19 and climate change are contributing to rising inequality, conflict and fragility around the world. These interconnected challenges require integrated solutions.

In 2022, UNDP puts its new Strategic Plan into action, grounded in our commitment to eradicating poverty and helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Here are some key moments to watch in the year ahead.

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Changing systems

“To make a difference to people’s lives at this scale, we have to examine the systems and structures that shape development – not just the immediate challenges.”

Haoliang Xu

Director of UNDP Bureau for Policy and Programme Support

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Keep an eye out for Frankie the Dinosaur this year as he continues to make the case for fossil fuel subsidies reform as a critical component of climate action. He might make an appearance near you!

Watch Frankie’s message to humanity: Don't choose extinction | UNDP

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Delivering on the Global Goals

Leaders and youth from 46 countries will come together to shape the next decade of action to deliver on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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From crisis to recovery

In March we mark the second anniversary of the COVID-19 global pandemic declaration. As technical lead for the UN’s socio-economic response, UNDP plays a critical role in the recovery.

From global risks to localized catastrophes like violent conflict and environmental disasters, UNDP helps countries confront current crises and prevent future ones.

“In a world where complex and multidimensional crisis has become the norm, the status quo for crisis response is no longer an option.”

Asako Okai

UNDP Crisis Bureau Director

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Advancing gender equality

The 66th Commission on the Status of Women will focus on achieving gender equality in the context of climate change, environmental and disaster risk.

Empowering women is one of the most effective ways to reduce poverty and inequality and advance the SDGs. In 2022, UNDP will publish a series of reports to inform gender-responsive policies and programmes:

  • UNDP Gender Strategy
  • Gender Social Norms Paper
  • Gender Indices on women’s empowerment and women’s wellbeing

Commission on the Status of Women 14-25 March, New York, USA

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Maximizing impact

Our new Strategic Plan pinpoints three key enablers to help countries scale up development progress.

  • Strategic innovation to enhance performance of entire systems
  • Digitalization to build more inclusive, ethical and sustainable societies
  • Development finance to align capital flows with the SDGs and the Paris Agreement

“Digital is not just a tool, but also the context in which we operate. UNDP will continue to take a whole-of-society approach to digital transformation to ensure that the benefits of connectivity are shared by all, and work to mitigate digital’s potential risks and harms.”

Robert Opp

UNDP Chief Digital Officer


Data for development

We’re expanding the evidence base for people-centred development. Flagship reports coming out this year include:


Human Development Report 2022 will focus on “Shaping our Future in a World in Transformation”.


A special report on human security will examine how the concept of human security can help us understand and respond to new and interlinked challenges.

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Towards living in harmony with nature

At the UN Biodiversity Conference (COP15), countries will adopt a new global framework to halt the extinction crisis and transform our relationship with the natural world.

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“Save our ocean, protect our future”

The 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference will bring leaders together to support the implementation of SDG 14 on life below water.


UN Ocean Conference 27 June - 1 July, Lisbon, Portugal

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“Small in scale, big in value”

The UN has declared 2022 the International Year of Artisanal Fisheries and Aquaculture.

Small-scale fishing employs millions of people and nourishes billions, contributing to SDG 2 on Zero Hunger.

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SDG status check

High-Level Political Forum 2022 will examine the impact of COVID-19 on the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Forum will include an in-depth review of SDGs 4 on quality education, 5 on gender equality, 14 on life below water, 15 on life on land and 17 on partnerships for the Goals.


High-Level Political Forum 5-7 July and 11-15 July, New York, USA

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Goal 1.5 degrees

The next UN Climate Conference (COP27) will build on the Glasgow Climate Pact agreed at COP26.


UN Climate Conference (COP27) 7-18 November, Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt

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Your voices

UNDP will release the next phase of the Peoples’ Climate Vote, diving deeper into public opinion on the climate emergency and how world leaders should respond.

The G20 Peoples' Climate Vote

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Future smart development

COVID-19 has left the world a different place. In 2022 and beyond, UNDP is investing in the capabilities, programming and management to help countries recover and thrive. Equipped with our new Strategic Plan, invaluable partnerships, and insights from our work all over the world, UNDP is focused on delivering future-smart development.

“This is a critical moment for the world, and for development.But this is also a moment of choice: an opportunity to learn from our experience, to do things differently, to aspire to greater shared goals.”

Achim Steiner

UNDP Administrator


UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.

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