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India-UN Development Partnership Fund – 6 years of Collaborative Partnership

India-UN Development Partnership Fund – 6 years of Collaborative Partnership

29 November, 2023 - 3.00 to 5.00 PM

ECOSOC Chamber, United Nations Headquarters

The Permanent Mission of India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation organized an event on the “India-UN Development Partnership Fund – 6 years of Collaborative Partnership” at the ECOSOC chamber of the United Nations Headquarters on November 29, 2023.

The India-UN Development Partnership Fund stands as a remarkable example of India’s commitment to global sustainable development and South-South cooperation. With its focus on advancing the Sustainable Development Goals, promoting innovation, and strengthening partnerships, the Fund continues to make a positive impact on the lives of people in the global South.

The Fund endeavors to support projects and programs that directly contributed to realizing the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on eradicating poverty, promoting gender equality, ensuring access to quality education and basic amenities, and fostering economic growth. The Fund has taken a holistic approach to address development challenges comprehensively.

Managed by the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation and implemented by 12 UN entities at the country level, the $150 million Fund supported innovative, Southern-owned and led, demand-driven, and transformational sustainable development projects across the developing world. Since its launch in 2017, the Fund has supported 76 projects in 54 countries. Its project portfolio spans climate resilience, livelihood development, health and sanitation, education and skills, agriculture and food security, infrastructure, and other SDG targets prioritized by partner countries. The Fund operates across the Global South and supports all geographic regions, with a strong emphasis on Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States.

Since its inception, the Fund has achieved significant milestones. For instance, funding initiatives have enhanced healthcare infrastructure and services in partner countries, leading to better access to quality healthcare for vulnerable populations; renewable energy projects have contributed to reducing carbon emissions and fostering sustainable energy solutions; education programs with a particular focus on girls and marginalized communities had improved literacy rates and access to quality education; and a number of projects had promoted gender equality, women’s empowerment, and entrepreneurship. The Fund has also responded to humanitarian crises by providing timely assistance and relief efforts, including during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The event on November 29, 2023, discussed how prioritized developmental ideas of the beneficiary countries implemented through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund could empower their vulnerable communities. On this occasion, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, Permanent Representative of India to the United Nations, said, “India’s commitment to South-South cooperation goes beyond mere policy; it is deeply rooted in our ethos and philosophy, which envisions the world as a single family.” She added, “the India-UN Development Partnership Fund exemplifies India’s commitment to advancing South-South cooperation, and this initiative showcases how countries can unite to effectively address critical developmental challenges.”

The India-UN Development Partnership Fund Annual Report was launched on this occasion. A short video showcasing how the Fund has positively impacted communities across the global South was also played. Several dignitaries spoke on this occasion, including the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations and the Permanent Representative of India, Dominica, El Salvador, Morocco, Cameroon and Nicaragua. Representatives from the Permanent Missions of Senegal, Fiji, Tuvalu, Togo, and Tonga also delivered remarks. The event also saw attendance from UN member states, UN agencies, international organizations, think tanks, academicians, students of Political Science, and others with an interest in international relations.

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