UN Agencies in Nepal

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)

FAO was the first UN agency to start its work in Nepal in 1951, the year Nepal became its member. Since then, FAO Nepal has completed over 200 large and small national level projects and programmes covering various aspects of agricultural and rural development. Read more..

Internatioanl Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD)

Nepal became a member of IFAD in 1978. In 1979, economic cooperation between Nepal and IFAD started through an Integrated Rural Development Project. So far, IFAD has financed 15 projects of which 10 are completed and five are ongoing. Read More..

Joint Programmes on AIDS (UNAIDS)

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. In Nepal, the Joint Programme is working to enhance joint UN action to support the national HIV/AIDS response. Read More..

UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

UNCDF signed an agreement with the Government of Nepal in 1984. UNCDF delivers its development support to Nepal in two priority areas: a) Local Governance and b) Micro Finance. It is one of the UN partner agencies contributing to the Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP). Read More..

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDP has been working in Nepal since 1963. Since then, it has focused on the effective design and implementation of poverty alleviation programmes in line with the priorities of the Government of Nepal and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework. Read More..

United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA)

UNFPA began its work in Nepal in 1971. UNFPA works closely with the Government of Nepal’s line ministries and UN agencies to contribute to peace-building and national development goals.UNFPA support has been significant in planning and conducting the national census; delivering reproductive health services in remote districts; promoting sexual and reproductive health education for youth; and paying particular attention to the special needs of women and young people during humanitarian assistance operations. Read More..

United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)

UNIC became operational in Nepal in 1964. Since then, UNIC has taken responsibility for public information dissemination concerning the UN’s agenda in Nepal as well as at the global level.UNIC’s role has been significant in promoting an informed understanding among the people of Nepal, in particular the media, academics, youths and NGOs of various global imperatives and the role of the UN in dealing with them. Read More..

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

UNHCR first opened its office in Nepal in the early 1960s and carried out its operations until 1973. At the request of the Government of Nepal, UNHCR later returned in 1989. Read More..

United Nations Volunteers Programme (UNV)

The UNV programme in Nepal began in 1974, with its first volunteer assigned to UNICEF, and the national UNV programme started in 1989. To date, hundreds of international and national UN Volunteers have served in Nepal. Read More..

World Food Programme (WFP)

Development co-operation between WFP and the Government of Nepal dates back to 1964, even before the establishment of the WFP office in Kathmandu in 1967. WFP’s current Country Strategy focuses on preventing hunger and improving nutrition for the most vulnerable and providing humanitarian response and preparation for increased environmental disasters. Read More..

International Labour Organization(ILO)

Nepal joined the International Labour Organization (ILO) in 1966. The Ministry of Labour and Transport Management, and workers’ and employers’ organizations are the ILO’s constituents.The ILO supports them and encourages tripartism by promoting social dialogue between trade unions and employers as well as the GON in formulating policies and programmes. Read more..

International Organization for Migration(IOM)

Nepal became a member of IOM in November 2006. The Government of Nepal and IOM signed a Cooperation Agreement in August 2007. IOM assumes responsibility for all aspects of resettlement after the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) refers a case to IOM for third country resettlement consideration. Read more..

United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF initiated co-operation with Nepal in 1964. Today, UNICEF/Nepal's country programme is one of the 18 largest in the world. The programme seeks to advance the respect, protection and fulfillment of the human rights of children and women in Nepal. Read More..

United Nations Department of Security Service(UNDSS)

UNDSS became operational in Nepal in 2005. As per its global mandate, UNDSS assumes responsibility for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations System in Nepal. Read More..

United Nations Educational,Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Nepal joined UNESCO in 1953 and the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu was established in 1998. UNESCO contributes to building peace, alleviating poverty, and fostering sustainable development and intercultural dialogue in Nepal through education, science, culture, communication and information. Read More..

United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN HABITAT)

UNHABITAT in Nepal conducts development work under the Habitat Country Programme (2011-12). UNHABITAT’s assistance focuses on: a) promoting shelter for all with an emphasis on urban poor and vulnerable population; b) promoting water and environmental sanitation; water demand management; WATSAN governance; integrated water resource management; and capacity building at various levels; c) disaster preparedness and recovery; d) supporting climate change management issues; and e) raising urban agenda issues through collaborative networks. Read More..

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)

UNODC’s technical cooperation programme in Nepal focuses its interventions on HIV prevention, care and support for drug users (male and female) and in prisons. The UNODC Regional Office for South Asia (ROSA) is located in New Delhi covering six countries in the region, including Nepal. Read More..

UN Women

UN Women, the UN Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women is operational from 1st January 2011. The UN Women was created by the United Nations General Assembly on 2 July 2010 to accelerate progress in meeting the needs of women and girls worldwide. It is a result of years of negotiations between UN Member States and advocacy by the global women’s movement and is also a part of the UN reform agenda, bringing together resources and mandates for greater impact. Read More

World Health Programme

Nepal became a member of WHO on 2 September 1953, and a cooperation agreement was signed the following year. WHO’s main focus is on providing technical assistance to the Ministry of Health and Population. In addition, WHO has a central immunization and vaccine preventable disease office in Kathmandu and an extensive surveillance network. Read More..

United Nations Agencies in Nepal are present in 50 districts with 1585 national and 221 international staff members(as of April 2012). The Resident UN agencies, together with the UN Non-Resident Agencies, provide their support in line with Nepal’s current transition need as well as its long term development goals.
Building peace through UN Inter-Agency Rehabilitation Programme
Providing basic services through UN Joint Programme of support to Local Governance and Community Development Programme (LGCDP)

Creating jobs for sustainable livelihood through various UN programmes

Reaching to three million food insecure population annually