The SDG Fund: Joining efforts for sustainable development

This video describes the SDG Fund, its objectives and approach for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. The SDG Fund is already working in 22 countries aligning the efforts of UN Agencies, governments, business and civil society.

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Food Africa kicks off in Nigeria

New pilot initiative to boost inclusive growth in African food industry. With the chefs and UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors, Roca Brothers aiming at reducing food loss, creating better and decent jobs for young people and improving nutrition. 

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Joining efforts for sustainable development

The SDG Fund is an international cooperation mechanism that supports sustainable development. It facilitates UN agencies to collaborate with national partners to build integrated and sustainable responses to development challenges. It brings the MDG experience to the transition process from MDGs to SDGs.

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Business and the United Nations

The Sustainable Development Goals Fund at UNDP is pleased to present the new report “Business and the United Nations. Working together towards the Sustainable Development Goals: A Framework for Action” produced by the SDG Fund’s Private Advisory Group in collaboration with Harvard Kennedy School and Business Fights Poverty.

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SDG Fund Private Sector Advisory Group

The SDG-F Private Sector Advisory Group seeks to provide the SDG-F Secretariat with guidance and strategic support to achieve better development results in coordination with the private sector.

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Youth SDGtelling challenge: Youth, the SDG Generation

In honor of International Youth Day, the SDG Fund launches the "SDGtelling challenge: Youth, the SDG Generation". What is the most vital challenge to poverty facing your community and your generation? Tell the SDG Fund what issue you believe deserves more attention, and explain why it is important.

Changing The Menu: How Top Chefs Can Inject New Life Into The Development Agenda

When you think about celebrity chefs, sustainable development may not be the first concept that pops to mind. The notion that three of the world’s most renowned chefs would want to use their star power, not to open a chain of restaurants or promote another cooking show, but to collaborate with the United Nations may seem puzzling. But that’s precisely what the Roca brothers, are set to do.

Let’s make agriculture cool again

Governments around the world are looking for economic growth and job creation. African economies are no exception, with increasing recognition that growth has to be built on a more diversified economic structure in order to make a lasting contribution to development. For even though Africa has weathered the fall in commodity prices better than the pessimists predicted, the instability of commodity dependence remains a reality.

How we work

There are 4 principles that make our programmes unique:


Poverty is multidimensional and requires multi-faceted, integrated and holistic approaches.

National ownership

Development cooperation needs to be people-centric and responsive to national priorities. SDG Fund governance mechanisms ensure the full participation of national government and partners.

UN agencies coordination

UN agencies, working as one with the critical support of the UN Resident Coordinators, coordinate their efforts and align their experience to deliver concrete results.

Bridging multistakeholder efforts

The SDG Fund bridges efforts of different development partners such as UN agencies, national and local governments, the private sector, civil society and academia.

What we do: thematic areas

We work in 3 thematic areas addressing some of the most important gaps in achieving sustainable development. Equally important, all our programmes embed 3 cross-cutting issues.

Areas of work

Inclusive economic growth for poverty eradication

Creating decent jobs, secure livelihoods and promoting inclusive sustainable practices.

Food security and nutrition

Reducing hunger and malnutrition with integrated approaches.

Water and sanitation

Improving access to affordable, secure, and reliable water and sanitation services for the poor and marginalized.

Crosscutting issues


Embedding sustainable principles in all our projects and ensuring long-term development gains.

Gender equality

Understanding how women and men, girls and boys, are affected by poverty.

Public private partnerships

Joining efforts and sharing responsibilities of governments and business to achieve sustainable development.

SDG Fund Private Sector Advisory Group

Businesses are playing an integral role in achieving sustainable development on the ground. To better align public-private partnerships for sustainable development, the SDG Fund has established a Private Sector Advisory Group, formed by business leaders of major companies from various industries worldwide. These leaders are helping the SDG Fund to build a roadmap for how public-private alliances can provide large-scale solutions for achieving the new SDGs.