NITI Aayog and the United Nations in India have signed the Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022. The time period will be a crucial phase in India’s development story, with 2022 set to mark 75 years of Indian Independence.
In a press release, NITI Aayog said the agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022 outlines the development cooperation strategy between the Government of India and the United Nations Country Team in India, in support of the achievement of India’s key national development priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The UNSDF focus areas include poverty and urbanisation; health, water, and sanitation; education; nutrition and food security; climate change, clean energy, and disaster resilience; skilling, entrepreneurship, and job creation; and gender equality and youth development.
Across outcome areas, the UN will support the Government of India on south-south cooperation, in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs. The total planned budget outlay for the implementation of the UNSDF 2018-2022 is approximately Rs 11000 crore, of which 47 per cent is planned to be mobilised through the course of implementation from multiple sources, including the private sector and the government.
UN Resident Coordinator, Yuri Afanasiev, said: “The United Nations in India is committed to provide full support to the Government of India’s development priorities, ensuring that the UNSDF outcomes are achieved. The solutions we find together can catalyse action across the global south- just as solutions from elsewhere in the world will be adapted to India. He added that together, the India-UN team will ensure that poor, vulnerable, and marginalised communities participate in and benefit from the country’s robust growth trajectory. (Story Courtesy: Wires)