UNITED NATIONS SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT FRAMEWORK:
India and the United Nations would sign a Sustainable Development Framework for five years from 2018 to 2022 to work on poverty and urbanisation, health, water and sanitation and climate change.
According to a statement, NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India Yuri Afanasiev will sign the framework at a special signing ceremony on Friday at the NITI Aayog premises.
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.
Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) 2018-2022 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”, NITI Aayog said in a statement.
“Nineteen (19) UN agencies have signed on the UNSDF 2018-2022”, NITI Aayog said.
“The United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (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 GoI”, it said.
The Seven priority areas outlined in the UNSDF are:
- Poverty and Urbanization;
- Health, Water, and Sanitation;
- Education and Employability;
- Nutrition and Food Security;
- Climate Change, Clean Energy, and Disaster Resilience;
- Skilling, Entrepreneurship, and Job Creation; and
- Gender Equality and Youth Development.
The NITI Aayog, also National Institution for Transforming India, is a policy think tank of the Government of India, established with the aim to achieve Sustainable Development Goals and to enhance cooperative federalism by fostering the involvement of State Governments of India in the economic policy-making process using a bottom-up approach.
Its initiatives include “15 year road map”, “7-year vision, strategy and action plan”, AMRUT, Digital India, Atal Innovation Mission, Medical Education Reform, agriculture reforms (Model Land Leasing Law, Reforms of the Agricultural Produce Marketing Committee Act, Agricultural Marketing and Farmer Friendly Reforms Index for ranking states), Indices Measuring States’ Performance in Health, Education and Water Management etc.,