The United Nations

The United Nations (UN) represents every nation in the world. It coordinates international efforts on development, humanitarian, peace, security and environmental issues. In 2000, the UN hosted the Millennium Summit, which issued the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - the core of DFID's development work

The UN carries out its work through a number of individual agencies. These include the World Health Organisation, the United Nations Children’s Fund (Unicef), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) and many more. A full list of UN agencies is available in the UN organogram.

DFID works with individual UN agencies on development issues. In 2007, DFID provided UN agencies with over $1 billion.

DFID also works with the UN in conjunction with other UK government departments. For example, working with the Department of Health at the WHO, or liaising with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on environmental issues.

DFID also works with the UN through its work with Unesco. The DFID offices that work with Unesco are the UK Delegation to Unesco and the UK Representation to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO).

In 2006 the UN published the report of a High-Level Panel on System–Wide Coherence. The report recommended strengthening the UN’s development, humanitarian, early recovery and environmental work. This has subsequently become known as the 'Delivering as One' agenda; it aims to improve the coordination of all UN agencies working within a given country. Eight UN country programmes are piloting the Delivering as One approach.


Last updated: 17 Mar 2009