Remarks by Helen Clark, Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, at Symposium on Millennium Development

Mar 9, 2010

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Date: 09 March, 2010

I am pleased to be part of this discussion on human development and India’s role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals.

Since the human development approach involves inclusive and participatory debates, I am especially glad that we have amongst us tonight distinguished representatives from government, academia, civil society, and development agencies.

Over the past few days I have had the opportunity to witness first-hand some of the impressive progress being made in tackling India’s development challenges. Over the weekend I was in Rajasthan, where, in Bhilwara, I visited participants in the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Programme. This initiative is of considerable international interest in the development community.

UNDP has been able to support the programme’s design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation. As I have been emphasizing in my meetings this week, UNDP stands ready to continue working closely with India in meeting its national development objectives and achieving the MDGs.

We also look forward to working with India to support other countries to do the same, taking our collaboration to a new level of engagement. India is a significant actor in development globally – sharing experiences and technologies, and influencing global development debates and dialogue. Its trade and investment outreach also forms part of the larger picture of Indian engagement in the global North and South.