The United Nations provides strategic support to India to help the country achieve its aspirations to end poverty and inequality, and to promote sustainable development in line with the globally agreed SDGs. The UN also supports India, as the world’s largest democracy, in the county’s ambitious commitments to rapid change and development priorities.
The Development Action Framework for India
The UN operates in its partner countries through the United Nations Development Action Framework (UNDAF), a programme document agreed between the Government and the UN Country Team which defines the collective actions and strategies to be taken to assist the country achieve its national development goals.
The current United Nations Development Action Framework 2013-17 for India was prepared in partnership with the Planning Commission of the Government of India, civil society organisations and the United Nations in India.
The UNDAF has six broad outcomes:
- Inclusive Growth
- Food and Nutrition Security
- Gender Equality
- Equitable Access to Quality Basic Services
- Sustainable Development
Supporting India’s development priorities
While UN support in India focuses on the issues outlined in the UNDAF, we collaborate across the UN system in nine key priority areas: good health, well-being and sanitation; zero hunger and rural poverty; quality education and lifelong learning; gender equity; energy, environment and resilience; job creation, skilling and entrepreneurship; inequality, exclusion and poverty eradication; youth; and a particular geographic focus on the North-East.
Where we work
Under the UNDAF, the UN in India focuses on nine priority states: Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Additionally, in close collaboration with State Governments and civil society organisations, we provide support for several ecosystem and livelihoods initiatives in the North-East states. The UN head office is located in New Delhi and we have a field presence in Andhra Pradesh, Arunachal Pradesh, Daman and Diu, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Jammu & Kashmir, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Punjab and Chandigarh, Sikkim, Tamil Nadu, Tripura, Uttarakhand and West Bengal.