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.
Supporting India’s Development Priorities
In India, as in other countries in the world, our work is guided by the United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF), a framework of cooperation, results and strategies between the Government of India and the United Nations system in India to contribute to the achievement of national priorities and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The UNSDF was framed following a highly participative process, in consultation with government entities, civil society representatives, academia, and the private sector. The seven focus areas include:
– Poverty and Urbanisation
– Health, Water, and Sanitation
– Education and Employability
– Nutrition and Food Security
– Climate Change, Clean Energy and Disaster Resilience
– Skilling, Entrepreneurship, and Job Creation
– Gender Equality and Youth Development
Across outcome areas, the UN also supports the Government of India on south-south cooperation, in partnership with the Ministry of External Affairs.
The UNSDF serves as a partnership framework between the Government of India and the UN System and is being nationally executed under the overall coordination of NITI Aayog.
Where We Work
Under the UNSDF, the UN in India prioritises seven low-income states that account for 67.6 percent of people living in poverty in India: Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, 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.
At the sub-sub-national, we also focus on the 115 aspirational districts identified by the Government of India as part of the national Transformation of Aspirational Districts program.
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.