The United Nations in Nepal

The United Nations (UN) started its work in Nepal almost seventy years ago, when the Food and Agriculture Organization opened its office in Kathmandu in 1951. Since then, the UN presence has increased and now 17 UN Agencies are resident in Nepal, while an additional nine agencies have programming in country.

UN Agencies and the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office make up the UN Country Team (UNCT), which is led by the Resident Coordinator. The UNCT is committed to working with the Government and the Nepali people in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and an inclusive and sustainable future for Nepal. We as the UN, are here to support Nepal in realizing its ambition for a prosperous and happy Nepal. The overall framework guiding the work of the UNCT is the UN Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) 2018-2022, prepared in close collaboration with the Government of Nepal. The UNDAF has four outcome areas aligned with the Government of Nepal’s development priorities and international instruments to which Nepal is party:

  • Sustainable and Inclusive Economic Growth
  • Social Development
  • Resilience, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change
  • Governance, Rule of Law and Human Rights

Considering that Nepal is also at risk of natural hazards such as earthquakes and flooding, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) works together with the Federal, Provincial and Local Governments to strengthen Nepal’s disaster risk preparedness and management, ensuring a swift and coordinated response in cases of emergency.

In all of our work, we are committed to advancing human rights, gender equality and social inclusion, ensuring that we reach those furthest behind.


The Sustainable Development Goals in Nepal

Nepal committed to the SDGs early on, and this commitment has been reaffirmed in key policy documents, such as the current 15th Development Plan and the 25 Year Long-Term Vision 2100 that internalises the Goals. SDGs codes are assigned for all national development programmes through the Medium-Term Expenditure Framework. Further, Nepal has prepared the SDG Status and Roadmap to localize the SDG indicators with baselines and targets for 2030. Other key documents are a SDGs Needs Assessment, a Costing and Financing Strategy, and additional SDGs Localization Guidelines. Finally, Nepal has conducted a Development Finance Assessment (DFA) to provide an overview of development finance flows and institutions and policies that can align finance with national development priorities. These are the goals the UN is working on in Nepal: