The United Nations in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

Welcome to the website of the United Nations in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). For more information about the work of the UN; please view the DPRK Needs and Priorities 2018 and the UN strategic Framework 2017 – 2021.


Statement by the Resident Coordinator in DPRK on the release of the 2019 Needs and Priorities Plan

06 March 2019: The Humanitarian Country Team in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is releasing the 2019 Needs and Priorities Plan which calls for US$120 million to urgently provide life-saving aid to 3.8 million people in need of humanitarian assistance... (full document)

DPR Korea Needs and Priorities 2019


The Needs and Priorities Plan, released on 06 March 2019, outlines the funding agencies working in DPRK need in order to support 3.8 million people. This support includes activities to enhance food security, reduce malnutrition, increase access to healthcare, water and sanitation services, and build the resilience of vulnerable communities to natural disasters.

The humanitarian community in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) is urgently requesting US$120 million to assist millions of people in need of humanitarian assistance.

Around 11 million people, or 43 per cent of the population, in DPRK are believed to be in need of humanitarian assistance. Undernutrition continues to be a serious concern with more than one-quarter of children stunted due to a lack of adequate food. People also struggle to access basic services, with a large portion of the population living without a reliable source of safe water and almost a quarter without basic sanitation facilities, contributing to serious health concerns.

The Needs and Priorities Plan focuses on meeting the needs of the most vulnerable people. It outlines how agencies will provide over one million people with food assistance, reach more than two million people with health and nutrition services, and help improve access to safe water and sanitation for over 320,000 people.

This will be achieved by supporting food production, helping farmers adapt to recurrent natural disasters, working to prevent and treat malnutrition, increasing rates of immunization, and ensuring more people have access to safe water and sanitation facilities.

The United Nations Strategic Framework 2017 – 2021

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The United Nations Strategic Framework (UNSF) for cooperation between the UN and the Government of DPR Korea sets out the agreed priorities for the UN's country-level work.

The strategic objective is to support and reinforce national efforts to improve the well-being of the people, paying particular attention to the most vulnerable groups.  

The UNSF identifies four strategic priorities, which the UN will seek to address at the country level, working in support of Government programmes:

•    Food and Nutrition Security
•    Social Development Services
•    Resilience and Sustainability
•    Data and Development Management

In addressing these four strategic priorities in collaboration with the Government, the UN will apply a number of cross-cutting approaches throughout its work.

•    It will seek to localize the new Sustainable Development Goals, to accord with the specific situation in DPR Korea
•    It will apply a human rights-based approach, which puts people at the centre, throughout its programmes
•    It will support the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women
•    It will pursue both environmental sustainability as well as institutional sustainability
•    It will seek to increase the resilience of the people of DPR Korea
•    It will do all this with an attention to results-based management.