United Nations Development Programme

Resident Representative: Mr. Tapan Mishra

Acting Deputy Resident Representative: Mr.  Hua Yu

UNDP assistance in DPR Korea supports rural communities, helping them to become more resilient, by working towards the following goals:

  1. communities are better able to mitigate and cope with environmental degradation and the vulnerability of rural communities to natural hazards;

  2. better energy conservation in vulnerable rural communities among social service providers such as nurseries, schools, hospitals and clinics;

  3. addressing the barriers for effective food production, employment, livelihoods and income generation in rural areas.

Interventions within the UNDP programme are carefully targeted by focusing on working women in rural communities, because of their nutritional vulnerability and their critical role in their families' diets. In terms of geographical focus, the programme targets disaster-prone and off-grid areas, and areas with high levels of food and nutritional insecurity. Besides needs-based criteria, due attention is also given to opportunities for synergy with the work of other United Nations and development partners, and to the cost-effectiveness of certain locations, for demonstration purposes and for the piloting of innovative local-level initiatives.

UNDP currently has the following projects in DPR Korea:

Strengthening the Resilience of Communities through Community-Based Disaster Risk Management (CBDRM):

The project’s objective is to enhance vulnerable communities’ resilience to natural hazards. This will be achieved through CBDRM approaches, the project aims to support social resilience, whereby people can identify and anticipate risks, plan and act collectively, and can marshal their individual capabilities to overcome threats and shocks. The effects of disasters when they occur can further be lessened through preparedness and recovery efforts that can also leave communities more resilient. Such resilience is not only critical to contribute towards greater progress in human development, but also to ensure sustainable progress over time.

Strengthening Ecosystem Resilience and Community Adaptive Capacity in Climate Affected River Basins in DPRK (SERCARB):

The project aims to minimize the negative impacts of climate change and environmental degradation on the livelihood of local community, and to improve community capacity and awareness for environment protection, sustainable management and utilization of natural resources as well as disaster risk management and climate change adaptation. 

Sustainable Energy Solutions for Rural Livelihoods in DPRK (SES):

The project’s objective is to provide local rural communities in targeted areas with adequate, secure and reliable access to renewable energy resources, cost-effective energy efficiency and energy conservation solutions for meeting basic energy demands under appropriate operational modalities. This will be achieved through the implementation of local-level energy solutions in rural areas through an approach that entails: (i) the establishment of delivery models enabling the sustainable supply and operation of energy solutions in rural areas; (ii) the introduction of renewable energy technologies (RE), and solutions for more efficient energy use (EE) and energy conservation (EC); and (iii) the increase of county-level energy self-reliance by enhanced ownership and technical and managerial competencies for the sustainable use of local renewable energy resources.

Pilot Project to Support Socio-Economic Development of Rural Areas in DPRK (SED):

The project aims to improve living standards of rural population by livelihood strengthening through a ‘bundle’ of multi-sector interventions to improve existing farm and agri-business initiatives at the local level.