NITI Aayog and United Nations in India signed the Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022 at a function in the capital. The agreement is a reflection of the commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining the Sustainable Development Goals.
What is UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF)?
UNSDF 2018-2022 outlines development cooperation strategy between Union Government and United Nations Country Team in India in support of the achievement of India’s key national development priorities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
It was framed following a highly participative process, in consultation with government entities, civil society representatives, academia, and the private sector.
Focus areas under it include poverty and urbanization, health, water, and sanitation, education, climate change, nutrition, and food security, clean energy, and disaster resilience; skilling, entrepreneurship, job creation, gender equality, and youth development.
UNSDF also includes a set of UN flagship programs that are aligned with major government schemes. These flagship programs will be scalable innovative, multi-sectoral solutions to some of the most pressing development challenges that India faces and also serve as catalysts for an increased investment of development finance.
UNSDF programmes range from affordable housing for poor to increasing access to clean energy in rural off-grid areas, protecting all children from vaccine-preventable diseases, providing quality education for all children and skilling for young people, especially young girls and ending stunting to improving child sex ratio.
Across these outcome areas, UN will support Union Government in south-south cooperation in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA). The total planned budget outlay for implementation of UNSDF is approximately Rs. 11000 crore, of which 47% is planned to be mobilized through the course of implementation from multiple sources, including the private sector and government.
The programmatic work outlined in UNSDF targets seven low-income states viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and UP along with North-East region and aspirational districts identified by the NITI Aayog. It will work on improving the lives of most marginalized, poor, and vulnerable communities and people in the country, especially women and girls.