Democratic People's Republic of Korea

A farmer with a cow near Pyongyang, Democratic Republic of Korea.
Photo: © UN/James Bu


The United Nations in Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK)

The UN’s work in DPRK focuses on four strategic priorities as established in the United Nations Strategic Framework (UNSF); Food and Nutrition Security, Social Development Services, Resilience and Sustainability, and Data and Development Management. The associated UNSF Theme Groups draw on the work of a variety of issue-related Sector Working Groups (SWG), which are more broadly-based, beyond the UN System.


  1. Food and Nutrition. Community-based management of acute malnutrition services expanded geographically to give access to about 90% of the under-five population.
  2. Social Development Services. Increased immunization coverage from 43% in 1998 to 96% 2016 and introduction of new vaccines. Consolidation and expansion of the National Tuberculosis Control programme and pre-elimination of malaria in DPRK.
  3. Resilience and Sustainability. Increased community resilience in face of natural disasters through embankment, reforestation, sloping land rehab, and alternative livelihood opportunities.
  4. Data and Development Management. UNICEF has supported the establishment of the Child Data Unit inside the Central Bureau for Statistics.
  5. Emergency Response.  In case of an emergency, such as floods and drought, the Humanitarian Country Team members carry out joint assessment missions with the Government, and work together to provide support to those affected.
  6. Water and Sanitation. Construction of water supply systems, mainly gravity fed systems in county town and villages. Promotion of  improved sanitary facilities and hygienic behaviors.

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UN Democratic People's Republic of Korea Country Team

Resident Coordinator Office
UN Entities in Democratic People's Republic of Korea

UN Key Documents

UNDAF/United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (CP)

01 January 2017
31 December 2021
01 January 2023