Initiatives

Development Business

Development Business (DB) is the official publication for consulting, contracting and export opportunities worldwide. DB is published by the United Nations Department of Public Information and is available by subscription. It provides the tools you need to successfully bid on international contracts financed and/or implemented by content providers such as the United Nations, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank and other multilateral banks, the Millennium Challenge Corporation and national governments. The DB database is updated daily. It offers easy-to-use search capabilities (searchable by region, country, sector, bank, date posted, deadline and keyword) that enable users to quickly identify sales and consulting leads. Learn More.

Education First

Education First is a Global Initiative led by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, BAN Ki-moon. It gathers a broad spectrum of world leaders and advocates who all aspire to use the transformative power of education to build a better future for all. The Initiative aims to raise the political profile of education, strengthen the global movement to achieve quality education and generate additional and sufficient funding through sustained advocacy efforts. Achieving gains in education will have an impact on all the Millennium Development Goals, from lower child and maternal mortality, to better health, higher income and more environmentally-friendly societies. Learn More.

7 Billion Actions

By the close of 2011, the global population will reach 7 billion. A world of 7 billion has implications for sustainability, urbanization, access to health services and youth empowerment. It is also an opportunity to renew global commitment for a healthy and sustainable world. 7 Billion Actions, a global movement for all humanity, was established by the United Nations Population Fund to highlight positive action by individuals and organizations and inspire others to join the movement. Learn More.

Millennium Development Goals

Adopted by world leaders in the year 2000 and set to be achieved by 2015, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) provide concrete, numerical benchmarks for tackling extreme poverty in its many dimensions. The MDGs also provide a framework for the entire international community to work together towards a common end, making sure that human development reaches everyone, everywhere. If these goals are achieved, world poverty will be cut by half, tens of millions of lives will be saved, and billions more people will have the opportunity to benefit from the global economy. The eight MDGs break down into 21 quantifiable targets that are measured by 60 indicators.    Learn more.

UN Global Compact

The UN Global Compact is a strategic policy initiative for businesses that are committed to aligning their operations and strategies with Ten Universally Accepted Principles in the areas of human rights, labour, environment and anti-corruption. By doing so, business, as a primary driver of globalization, can help ensure that markets, commerce, technology and finance advance in ways that benefit economies and societies everywhere. Learn more.

UNite to End Violence Against Women

Launched in 2008, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s UNiTE to End Violence against Women campaign is a multi-year effort aimed at preventing and eliminating violence against women and girls in all parts of the world. UNiTE calls on governments, civil society, women’s organizations, young people, the private sector, the media and the entire UN system to join forces in addressing the global pandemic of violence against women and girls. Learn More.

United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI)

The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) was launched in 2000 by the UN Secretary-General to assist national governments as they fulfill their responsibilities towards ensuring the right to education and gender equality for all children, girls and boys alike. UNGEI works to improve the quality and availability of girls’ education in support of the gender-related Education for All goals, the second Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to achieve universal primary education, and MDG 3 to promote gender equality and empower women. Learn More.

The Global Strategy for Women’s & Children’s Health

Launched on 22 September 2010, The Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health sets out a plan to save the lives of millions of women and children. It calls for a bold, coordinated effort, building on what has been achieved so far – locally, nationally, regionally and globally. Learn More.

Every Woman Every Child

“Every Woman Every Child” is a global effort bringing together governments, philanthropic institutions and other funders, the United Nations and multilateral organizations, civil society and non-governmental organizations, the business community, health-care workers and professionals, and academic and research institutions around the world that support the “Global Strategy for Women’s and Children’s Health”, which was launched during the United Nations Millennium Development Goals Summit. Learn More.

UMOJA-Working in Unity

Umoja is an administrative reform initiative that will enhance the productivity of the United Nations. It is a cornerstone for organizational change that will integrate with all other UN reform efforts – from accounting and human resources to developing climate-neutral business strategies. The Umoja solution will enable UN managers to plan their programmes and measure results with modern tools. It will simplify a wide range of administrative practices. With its robust, modern technical platform Umoja will provide updated and accurate data that will expedite decision making and enable better, faster service delivery to UN beneficiaries. Learn More.

United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation links the UN’s work with others around the world, mobilizing the energy and expertise of business and non-governmental organizations to help the UN tackle issues including climate change, children’s health, peace and security, and poverty eradication.         Learn More.

United Nations Initiative on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM)

The UN Programme on Global Geospatial Information Management (GGIM) aims at playing a leading role in setting the agenda for the development of global geospatial information and to promote its use to address key global challenges. It provides a forum to liaise and coordinate among Member States, and between MemberStates and international organizations. Learn More.

United Nations Sports for Peace and Development

The Sport for Development and Peace agenda gained momentum when in 2001, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan nominated former President of the Swiss Confederation Adolf Ogi as his Special Adviser on Sport for Development and Peace. In July 2002, the Secretary-General convened a UN Inter-Agency Task Force on Sport for Development and Peace to review activities involving sport within the UN system. In October 2003, the Secretary-General published the report of the Task Force entitled: “Sport for Development and Peace: Towards Achieving the Millennium Development Goals” which constituted the basis for UN General Assembly resolution 58/5 and represents a synthesis of the long-standing relationship between the world of sport and the UN system. Learn More.

Greening the Blue

On 5 June (World Environment Day) 2007, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on all UN agencies, funds and programmes to become climate neutral and ‘go green’. Since then, all UN organisations have been working together to put in place systems and procedures to measure and reduce the environmental impacts of the UN family. Greening the Blue was launched in 2010 to communicate with all UN staff as well as external stakeholders. The aim is to raise awareness of the importance of sustainability throughout the UN system and highlight what’s been achieved, what’s happening next and how staff can get involved. Learn More.

United Nations Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI)

The Creative Community Outreach Initiative (CCOI), managed by the Advocacy and Special Events team within DPI’s Outreach Division, is the first point of entry in the UN for the international creative community. It acts as a liaison between the UN and producers, directors, writers, and new media professionals seeking a working relationship with the UN. Learn More.

United Nations Development Group (UNDG)

The United Nations launched the “Delivering as One” pilot initiative in 2007 to respond to the challenges of a changing world and test how the UN family can provide development assistance in a more coordinated way in eight countries. When the Secretary-General launched Delivering as One, the governments of eight countries—Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam—volunteered to become “Delivering as One” pilots. The pilot countries agreed to work with the UN system to capitalize on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family. Together they are experimenting with ways to increase the UN system’s impact through more coherent programmes, reduced transaction costs for governments, and lower overhead costs for the UN system. Learn More.

United Nations Academic Impact

The United Nations Academic Impact Academic Impact is a global initiative that aligns institutions of higher education with the United Nations in actively supporting Ten Universally Accepted Principles in the areas of human rights, literacy, sustainability and conflict resolution. Over 650 institutions from 104 countries and more than 40 international academic networks have joined this initiative. There is no cost or fee involved to be affiliated; the Academic Impact only expects each participating college or university to actively demonstrate support of at least one of those ten principles each year. Learn More.

UNDP-UNEP Poverty-Environment Initiative

The Poverty-Environment Initiative (PEI) of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is a global UN-led programme that supports country-led efforts to mainstream poverty-environment linkages into national development planning. The PEI provides financial and technical assistance to government partners to set up institutional and capacity strengthening programmes and carry out activities to address the particular poverty-environment context. Learn More.

UN Water

UN-Water, an inter-agency mechanism formally established in 2003 by the United Nations High Level Committee on Programmes, has evolved out of a history of close collaboration among UN agencies. It was created to add value to UN initiatives by fostering greater co-operation and information-sharing among existing UN agencies and outside partners. UN-Water strengthens coordination and coherence among UN entities dealing with issues related to all aspects of freshwater and sanitation. This includes surface and groundwater resources, the interface between freshwater and seawater and water-related disasters. Learn More.

United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT)

The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) was conceived to promote the global fight on human trafficking, on the basis of international agreements reached at the UN. To date, 140 parties have signed the Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons especially Women and Children, which supplements the Palermo Convention against transnational organized crime. Learn More.