Basics of UNDP

MUN Development Committee simulates the Executive Board of UNDP in terms of composition and size; however, delegates are not confined to the strict mandate of the Executive Board. For the purposes of NMUN, the committee is endowed with powers to make programmatic and policy decisions on issues within the mandate of UNDP in line with the overall function of the organisation.


The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) embodies Article 55 of the Charter of the United Nations (1945), which outlines the organization’s responsibility to promote “higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development,” as prerequisites to peace.

Today, in the capacity of UN’s “global development network,” UNDP promotes developing countries and territories by carrying out activities aimed at eliminating poverty, reducing inequalities, strengthening democratic governance, and supporting crisis prevention and recovery.

Executive board

Executive Board UNDP leadership is comprised of an administrator and an Executive Board. UNDP is led by an Executive Board that consists of 36 rotating members from five geographic groups, i.e. eight from the group of African States, seven from the group of Asian and Pacific States, four from the group of Eastern European States, five from the group of Latin America and the Caribbean States, and 12 from the group of Western European and Other States.

The Executive Board superintend and ensures that projects adapt to changing dynamic situations, along with the unique needs of each country, while following policy guidance provided by the General Assembly and Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The rules of procedure for the Executive Board aim for decision-making by consensus, but in cases where a vote is needed, the rules of procedure for ECOSOC are used.

Mandate & Functions

Upon being broadened in scope, UNDP’s present mandate is to empower lives and build resilient nations for sustainable human development. As an assistance program, UNDP is designed to support and supplement the national efforts of developing countries in solving the most important problems of their economic development, including industrial development.

Capacity Building

Building capacity is a vital consideration that allows UNDP to enhance the performance of various institutions and projects. This is necessary so that programs or initiatives within countries can fortify development, public services, or aid. For instance, promoting domestic resources in combination with aid, reinforcing international development goals, and strengthening the private sector to create new jobs and promote infrastructure.


UNDG established in 1997 by GA, brings together 32 UN funds, offices, programmes, departments, and agencies to enhance coherence, efficiency, and effectiveness within the UN development system.

Sustainable Development Goals

The goals on inequality, poverty, and governance are focal points to UNDP’s current and long-term prime concerns. According to the MAPS approach, which refers to mainstreaming, acceleration, and policy support, UNDP will assist governments to maintain the goals are reflected in national policies, support countries to ensure the achievement of SDG targets by addressing specific impediments to progress and provide policy expertise at every stage of implementation.

Tips to ace your MUN

Know your committee in and out. Understand that for MUNDP, cooperation has an upper hand over the competition. How you build consensus and work together to get to the resolution is so much more important than being aggressive dominant delegates. If your draft resolution is the one that mindfully respects the opinions of other delegates and is eventually considered, you’ve done justice to your country and committee.

Pay extra attention to the rules and put efforts in comprehending the Conference and UN system better. Being well read is a must. For first-timers, it’ll be great to speak to some of the seasoned MUN delegates. If you devote time in understanding the rules, you would avoid the chaos later and be in the position to invest energy into the significant aspects. Go stepwise. Avoid jumping to conclusions.

— Aakriti Kharola (TYBBA G002)

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