Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support (MAPS)

Mainstreaming, Acceleration, Policy Support (MAPS) is the common approach adopted by the UNDG to frame its support for SDG implementation

What is MAPS?

Mainstreaming helps governments to land and contextualize the agenda at national and local levels; ultimately reflecting the agenda in national plans, strategies and budgets. This means mapping what a country is already doing, and where it may need to change direction. It is also about continuing to sensitize national stakeholders about the new agenda.

Acceleration supports governments and national stakeholders to target resources at root bottlenecks to sustainable development, paying special attention to synergies and trade-offs across sectors.

Policy Support refers to coordinated and pooled policy support to countries that demand it, making the thematic expertise housed in different UN entities available in an effective and coherent way.

UNDG's Concept note on Mainstreaming, Acceleration and Policy Support for the 2030 Agenda  outlines the approach in further detail. 

UNDG's Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Reference Guide to UN Country Teams and related training material is designed for UNCTs supporting Member States and national stakeholders in adapting the 2030 Agenda to national contexts.



UNDP’s global project for 2030 Agenda implementation works as a one-stop-shop for guiding, supporting, and coordinating activities implemented by different partners across UNDP and beyond. The project (‘Enabling responsive, coherent and inclusive support to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ or ‘MAPS project’) was launched in January 2016 and runs until December 2020.

For UNDP, the roll-out of the 2030 Agenda represents a crucial opportunity to mobilize the UN Development System and to leverage its comparative advantages to contribute to the global development agenda.

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MAPS Engagments

MAPS Engagements are envisioned as a one year investment in missions, initiatives and support packages. As agreed to by the UN Country Team and tailored to country demand, these country or subnational-level engagements might include scoping and preparatory analytic work, partnership and capacity building workshops, consultancy support, focused dialogues with government and stakeholders, assistance with programme development and resource mobilization, facilitation and inception of forums, country platforms and SDG innovation labs, and the co-development of solutions, key accelerators and roadmaps with governments and other stakeholders. Specifically, MAPS Engagements are an opportunity for the UN to support countries in achieving the SDGs in areas including but not limited to: 

  • Gap analyses of national development achievements and priorities
  • Analytical frameworks and programming on equity and leaving no one behind;
  • Strengthened country coordination and financing structures with a development results focus;
  • SDG-related data and statistical support and analysis;
  • New and innovative partnerships on specific “accelerator” issues;
  • Targeted programmatic work on joint/integrated approaches for the SDGs;
  • Addressing specific SDG challenges faced by countries in fragile and conflict-affected settings. 

As of April 2018, 31 integrated policy support missions have been deployed to support SDG implementation, including 11 to Africa, 10 to Europe and Central Asia, 6 to Latin America and the Caribbean and 4 to Asia and the Pacific.