UNDP Seoul Policy Centre

About us

Our work

The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre is part of the United Nations’ global development and policy network. The Policy Centre is central to supporting effective development cooperation, South-South and Triangular Cooperation and higher quality programming and action through cutting edge development research, policy dialogue and knowledge sharing on key development issues.  The Centre

  • Represents UNDP in Korea
  • Works with Korea on international issues
  • Shares Korea’s development experience with other countries
  • Performs pragmatic, policy-relevant research

Our history

Korea’s rise from the rubble of the 1950-53 Korean War is a global development success story—one that many developing countries wish to learn from.

From 1966 to 2009, UNDP supported the people and Government of Korea on their unique development path, delivering over 270 projects with a total budget of $107 million, covering areas such as rural development, water management, industrial development, environmental protection, and social development, with skills development as a cross-cutting theme.

From 1997, UNDP started working with Korea on international cooperation. In 2010, UNDP closed its country office as Korea joined the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), affirming its status as a developed economy and a significant contributor of development aid. In 2011, the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre (USPC) opened, and a new form of cooperation began between the Republic of Korea and UNDP, with USPC sharing Korea’s development experience with other developing countries.

The five-decade-partnership between Korea and UNDP is summarized in the book, “The Republic of Korea and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)” published in 2009 by the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology. The book reviews and highlights UNDP's activities and achievements in Korea’s development.

About UNDP

UNDP is the UN’s global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in some 170 countries and territories, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

About the Centre

The UNDP Seoul Policy Centre is an integral part of the Global Policy Network of the UNDP Headquarters Office in New York. It is co-funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea and UNDP, and hosted by Korea University. UNDP’s global policy centres are located in different parts of the world with different mandates.

Our Director

Dr. Anne Juepner joined the UNDP Seoul Policy Centre in June 2021 as Director a.i. She has more than 28 years of international development experience including 20 years of work with UNDP in global and country level assignments. Since 2014, she has served as Director of the UNDP Global Policy Centre on Resilient Ecosystems and Desertification in Nairobi, Kenya. Prior to this, she was the Coordinator of UNDP’s Drylands Development Centre’s Nairobi Office (2011-2014); Team Leader, Business Development Unit, with the UNDP Ethiopia Country Office (2008-2010); Resource Mobilization Advisor with UNDP’s Bureau of External Relations and Partnerships, BERA, in New York (2005-2007), and External Relations Officer with the UNDP Somalia Country Office (2001-2004). Before joining UNDP, Anne worked with various NGOs in Kenya and Germany including on small enterprise development and appropriate technology solutions. Anne is a German national and holds a PhD in Development Studies from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and a master’s degree in engineering from the Technical University of Freiberg, Germany.

Contact Us

Find out how to reach us.

Job Opportunities

Internships and other vacancies are advertised here.

UNDP Around the world

You are at UNDP Seoul global policy centre
Go to UNDP Global