The United Nations Sustainable Development Group (UNSDG) unites the 34 UN funds, programmes, specialized agencies, departments and offices that play a role in development.

The UNSDG convenes three to four times a year under the chairmanship of the UNSDG Chair. The UNSDG is composed of senior representatives, preferably at the Assistant Secretary-General/Assistant Director-General level, designated by the executive heads of UNSDG member entities. UNSDG representatives are entrusted by their executive heads to take decisions on their behalf. Normally, there is one representative from each UNSDG member entity who may be accompanied by an organizational expert for substantive presentation and discussion.

UNSDG entities (as of December 2018) are:

  • FAO Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
  • IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • ILO International Labour Organization
  • IOM International Organization for Migration
  • ITC International Trade Centre
  • ITU International Telecommunications Union
  • OHCHR Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • UNAIDS Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
  • UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development
  • UN DESA United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs
  • UNDP United Nations Development Programme
  • UN DPA United Nations Department of Political Affairs
  • UN ECA United Nations Economic Commission for Africa
  • UN ECE United Nations Economic Commission for Europe
  • UN ECLAC United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean
  • UNEP United Nations Environment Programme
  • UN ESCAP United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • UN ESCWA United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia
  • UNFPA United Nations Population Fund
  • UN Habitat United Nations Human Settlements Programme
  • UNHCR United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
  • UNICEF United Nations Children’s Fund
  • UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization
  • UNISDR United Nations Office forDisaster Risk Reduction
  • UNODC United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
  • UNOPS United Nations Office for Project Services
  • UN PBSO United Nations Peacebuilding Support Office
  • UNRWA United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
  • UN Women United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
  • UNWTO United Nations World Tourism Organization
  • WFP World Food Programme
  • WHO World Health Organization
  • WMO World Meteorological Organization

Decision‐making is based on consensus among UNSDG members and are binding across the UNSDG working mechanisms.

Latest meeting


UNDG Meeting

30 June 2016




Marco Baumann

Special Assistant to the Director, UNDOCO