India and the United Nations on September 28, 2018 signed the Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022.
The framework was signed by Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Yuri Afanasiev. The signing ceremony was presided over by NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Dr. Rajiv Kumar, members of NITI Aayog and the heads of UN agencies in India.
Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) 2018-2022
• The Framework outlines the work of UN agencies in India to support the achievement of key development outcomes that have been identified in consultation with the government and are aligned to the national priorities.
• The NITI Aayog is the national counterpart for the UN in India for the operationalisation of the UNSDF.
• Nineteen UN agencies have signed on the UNSDF 2018-2022.
Seven priority areas of UNSDF 2018-22
The UNSDF 2018-22 comprises of seven priority areas that outline the work that UN agencies will undertake jointly or individually fully aligned with the priorities of the Union Government.
The seven priority areas outlined in the UNSDF are:
1. Poverty and Urbanization
2. Health, Water, and Sanitation
3. Education and Employability
4. Nutrition and Food Security
5. Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Disaster Resilience
6. Skilling, Entrepreneurship, and Job Creation
7. Gender Equality and Youth Development.
United Nations in India
The United Nations system in India includes 26 organisations that have the privilege to serve in India. The Resident Coordinator, the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Government, leads the UN Country Team to advocate the mandate of the United Nations.
Yuri Afanasiev is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India. He assumed his duties in July 2015.
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