The United Nations system in India includes 26 organisations that have the privilege to serve in India. The Resident Coordinator, the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Government leads the UN Country Team to advocate the mandate of the United Nations, while drawing on the support and guidance of the entire UN family.
Asian and Pacific Centre for Transfer of Technology (APCTT)
APCTT is a regional institution of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) servicing the Asia-Pacific region. The Centre focuses on activities related to technology information, technology transfer and innovation management which are SME-oriented, driven by IT and also environmentally responsible and gender conscious.
Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts. FAO’s mandate is to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, better the lives of rural populations and contribute to the growth of the world economy.
International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD)
IFAD is dedicated to eradicating rural poverty in developing countries. Its focus is on country-specific solutions, which can involve increasing the access of rural poor people to financial services, markets, technology, land and other natural resources.
International Labour Organization (ILO)
The ILO was founded in 1919 to bring governments, employers and workers together for the cause of social justice and better living conditions everywhere. ILO’s mandate of social justice, as the basis for peace, is expressed today as Decent Work for all.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is an organization of 189 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world. Created in 1945, the IMF is governed by and accountable to the 189 countries that make up its near-global membership.
International Organization for Migration (IOM)
IOM is committed to the principle that humane and orderly migration benefits migrants and society. Through its activities, the Organization aims to promote international migration law, policy debate and guidance; protect migrants’ rights; enhance migration health; and mainstream the gender dimension of migration.
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
UNAIDS is an innovative partnership that inspires and leads the world to stop and reverse the spread of HIV. It works to scale up towards universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services.
Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP)
The Government of India and UNESCO joined hands to create MGIEP which is based in New Delhi, and was formally announced in November 2012. The role of the institute is to support member governments, provide advocacy, commission research and enhance capacity building.
United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
UNDP works in almost 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP helps countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and to build resilience in order to sustain development results.
United Nations Department of Safety and Security (UNDSS)
The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for providing leadership, operational support and oversight of the security management system, to enable the safest and most efficient conduct of the programmes and activities of the United Nations system.
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
UNEP is the leading global environmental authority that sets the global environmental agenda, promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the United Nations system and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) is an operational arm of the United Nations, supporting the successful implementation of its partners’ peacebuilding, humanitarian and development projects around the world.
United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)
UNESCAP is the main economic and social development centre for the UN in Asia and the Pacific. UNESCAP works in macroeconomic policy and development, statistics, sub-regional activities for development, trade and investment, transport, environment and sustainable development, information and communications technology and disaster risk reduction and social development.
United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO)
As a specialised agency of the United Nations, UNESCO’s mission is to contribute to the building of peace, the eradication of poverty, sustainable development and intercultural dialogue, through its work in education, the sciences, culture, communication and information.
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
The key goals of UNFPA include achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health, including family planning, promoting reproductive rights and reducing maternal mortality. UNFPA focuses on improving the lives of young people and addresses the concerns of women and girls in furthering their human rights.
United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)
UN HABITAT is the United Nations entity for human settlements, which is mandated by the UN General Assembly, to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
The agency is mandated to lead and coordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It also has a mandate to help stateless people.
United Nations Information Centre (UNIC)
The Centres serve as a reliable source of up-to-date information about the UN, delivering information in their respective countries to a wide range of people, including journalists, government officials, civil society representatives, students, educators and researchers.
United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
UNICEF advocates for the protection of children’s rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential. UNICEF is committed to ensuring special protection for the most disadvantaged children, whether victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, violence and exploitation and those with disabilities.
United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)
UNIDO promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalisation and environmental sustainability. UNIDO’s Regional Office for South Asia acts to mobilise knowledge, information, skills and technology to promote competitive industry, productive employment and a sound environment.
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
The mandate of UNODC is enshrined in UN Conventions and Protocols, the universal instruments against terrorism and UN standards and norms in crime prevention and criminal justice. With the help of these instruments, UNODC helps Member States address illicit drugs, crime and terrorism.
UN Women in India works closely with the Government and civil society to set national standards for achieving gender equality. It works to strengthen the economic empowerment of women, end violence in all its forms, promote greater participation of women in politics and decision-making and ensure that policies and budgets reflect the needs of women.
UN Volunteers (UNV)
The UN Volunteers programme is represented worldwide through the offices of UNDP. UNV contributes to peace and development by advocating for recognition of volunteers, working with partners to integrate volunteerism into development programming and mobilising an increasing number and diversity of volunteers throughout the world.
World Food Programme (WFP)
WFP is the food aid arm of the United Nations system. Food aid is one of the many instruments that can help to promote food security, which is defined as the access of all people at all times to the food needed for an active and healthy life.
World Health Organization (WHO)
The World Health Organization is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.
The World Bank (WB) is an international financial institution that provides loans to developing countries for capital programs. The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group, which is part of the United Nations system. It comprises two institutions: the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), and the International Development Association (IDA). The World Bank’s stated official goal is the reduction of poverty.