New Delhi, 7 December 2021: Reaffirming the UN in India’s lasting commitment to India’s national development priorities and the global Sustainable Development Goals, Mr Shombi Sharp, the new UN Resident Coordinator in India, presented credentials on 6 December to the Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr V. Muraleedharan.
Mr Sharp assumed office in India on 15 November 2021. The UN Resident Coordinator is the highest-ranking representative of the UN Development System and is the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General.
The Minister of State for External Affairs, Mr V. Muraleedharan, welcomed the UN Resident Coordinator and complimented the enduring UN-India partnership over 75 years. “India is ready to share its experience and expertise in accelerating inclusive and sustainable development through the UN-India partnership. We look forward to working closely with the UN system in India,” said Mr Muraleedharan.
While presenting his credentials to the Minister, the Resident Coordinator thanked the Government of India for its lasting commitment to multilateralism. He lauded India’s leadership in implementing and localising the Sustainable Development Goals and for sharing valuable lessons learned on best practices with other countries.
“On behalf of the UN Country Team, we commend India for its public health measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ambitious climate goals and commitment to ensuring that development gains reach the last mile. Having already administered nearly one and a half billion doses of COVID vaccines is an impressive milestone,” said Mr Sharp. “We believe that if India achieves the SDGs, the world will achieve the SDGs, and towards that, we stand firmly with India and all its people. It is an honour to serve in this remarkable country and help lead preparations for the next UN Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework, outlining our collective UN team offer of partnership,” he added.
The UN presence in India consists of 26 agencies, funds, and specialised programmes.
Mr Sharp, a national of the United States of America, has devoted more than 25 years of his career to sustainable development. Before India, Mr Sharp served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Armenia, following several senior positions at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), including as Resident Representative in Armenia and Deputy Resident Representative in Georgia and Deputy Country Director in Lebanon. He was also the Assistant Resident Representative in the Russian Federation.
He is a published author of works in health economics and was a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) “Policy Champion” and a nominee for the UNDP Administrator’s Award.