India to contribute $100 million to UN partnership fund

India has pledged an additional $100 million towards the UN partnership fund, significantly scaling up its support to sustainable development projects across the developing world.

The India-UN development partnership fund was set up earlier this year as a partnership between India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC).

The first project from the fund is being executed in partnership with seven Pacific Island countries. The fund has since then identified 15 more projects, he noted. Of the $5 million India contributed to the fund this year, $2 million would be utilised for reconstruction in Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda, which took a big hit from hurricanes, he said.

Among major contributions include UNDP ($4.5 million), World Food Programme ($1.92 million Biennium 2017-18), United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Near East($1.25 million), UN Women ($1 million), United Nations Children’s Fund ($862, 000). United Nations Population Fund ($500,000), United Nations Commission on Human Settlements Programme ($150,000), United Nations Environment Programme ($100,000), United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ($100,000) and Voluntary Fund for Technical Co-operation ($200,000).

A total of $398.98 million was pledged by about 20 countries during Monday’s conference session.

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