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Navigating the UN System

The United Nations is by far and away the world's largest partner in development projects. Navigating the various Programmes, Projects and Agencies can be complex. Here is simple map, courtesy of the UN Secretariat, to make it simpler to understand. When a project is launched, as many as five or six entities may be approached for participation, so understanding the UN, and having access to key actors across the organization is critical.

"Although most people associate the United Nations with the issues of peace and security, the vast majority of the Organization's resources are in fact devoted to advancing the Charter's pledge to 'promote higher standards of living, full employment, and conditions of economic and social progress and development'".

– UN.org Website: development section introduction, 2009