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India, UNOSSC launch partnership fund to promote sustainable development

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On June 8, 2017, India and the UN Office for South- South Cooperation (UNOSSC) has launched a partnership fund for supporting sustainable development projects across the world.

More Details about India-UN Development Partnership Fund:

The partnership fund was launched on the occasion of the ‘World Oceans Day’ at Permanent Mission of India to UN.M J Akbar – Minister of State for External Affairs, Syed Akbaruddin – India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Jorge Chediek –  Envoy of the Secretary-General on South- South Cooperation and Director of United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC), were present at the occasion.

  • The objective of this partnership is to reduce poverty and hunger, improving health, education and equality, and expanding access to clean water, energy and livelihoods.
  • The fund will be deployed to implement country-level projects that are geared towards achieving the 17 sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda.
  • The fund will be managed by UNOSSC and will support Southern-owned and led, India, UNOSSC launch partnership fund to promote sustainable developmentdemand-driven, and transformational sustainable development projects across the developing world.
  • Special attention will be given to projects in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
  • ‘Climate Early Warning System in Pacific Island Countries’ has been announced as the first project to receive support from this fund. This project will benefit seven Pacific island countries – Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Tonga.

This is first time India has entered into a partnership with the UN that envisages triangular cooperation with other developing countries.

About United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC):

UNOSSC was formed by the UN General Assembly to advocate for and coordinate South-South and triangular cooperation within the UN system.

  • UNOSSC is hosted by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) since 1974.
  • Director of UNOSSC is the Envoy of the Secretary-General on South-South Cooperation. The Director reports to UNDP Administrator.