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UN Funds and Programmes

In reaction to increasing problems in the economic, social and humanitarian fields a number of secondary or special organs have been established. These subsidiary organs are part of the UN organization, but they have their own governing bodies, secretariats and budgets. The different offices, programs and funds provide technical assistance and other forms of practical help in virtually all areas of economic and social endeavour.

The UN Charter contains a number of provisions according to which the principal organs can create appropriate subsidiary organs for the fulfilment of their tasks.

UN Programs and Funds


United Nations Development Programme is the largest UN development assistance program, coordnating the work within UN.


United Nations Environment Programme acts as a catalyst, advocate, educator and facilitator to promote the wise use and sustainable development of the global environment.


United Nations Population Fund. It is the world's largest international source of funding for population and reproductive health.


UN-Habitat, the United Nations Human Settlements Programme is mandated to develop goals, priorities and guidelines for a human settlement policy of the United Nations.


United Nations Children's Fund. Its principal focus on long-term programmes for improving the conditions for children in developing countries.


World Food Programme. The goal is to eradicate hunger and malnutrition.

Other entities and bodies


International Trade Centre provides support for the business sector in developing countries and economies in transition.


UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.


United Nations Conference on Trade and Development whose aim is that of accelerating economic growth, in particular in developing countries.


United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees gives protection and support to refugees globally.


United Nations Office for Project Services is a United Nations agency dedicated to implementing infrastructure and procurement projects. UNOPS supports the UN family, governments and other partners in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime is the administrative centre for the UN programmes on drug control and crime prevention.


United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East provides basic humanitarian services to the Palestinian refugees

UN Women

UN Women focuses exclusively on gender equality and women’s empowerment.

Research and training institutes, United Nations University

Within the United Nations there are a number of Research and Training Institutes. The institutes are autonomous bodies of the UN, mainly funded by voluntary contributions.

Aims of the institutes

The UN Research and Training Institutes were established in order to

  • provide high-priority training
  • conduct research projects to facilitate the UN objectives of world peace and security
  • conduct research to facilitate economic and social progress.

Overview of the institutes


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