UNDP and Government of India Pledge to a New Country Programme Action Plan
New Delhi, India - The Government of India and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today signed a new five year development cooperation framework to support the implementation of the Government’s 12th Five-Year Plan.
Re-affirming UNDP’s commitment to India, Lise Grande, United Nations Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative said, “India’s progress is undeniable and the 12th Five-Year Plan is a way of making it irreversible. As it goes forward, UNDP stands ready to work with the Government to address poverty and make development efforts more efficient, effective, inclusive, equitable and sustainable.”
The CPAP (2013-2017) is based on the Country Programme Document (2013-2017) which was approved by the UNDP Executive Board in September 2012. The Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations at the annual session of the Executive Board stated: ‘the Government of India and UNDP Country Programme will contribute to informing policies and practices advancing a stronger inclusive growth driven path and contributing to the poverty alleviation efforts of the government.’
The Action Plan notes that while India is the world’s largest and fastest growing democracy with strong progressive rights-based legislation focused on improving social conditions for the poor, inequalities persist and stresses associated with unprecedented change continue to create vulnerabilities. Women face exclusion in social, economic, political domains and are subjected to gender-based violence.
In the nine UNDAF focus states, UNDP’s efforts in India will support: inclusive growth and poverty eradication; decentralized governance; sustainable development and gender equality and inclusion. Further, UNDP will prioritize partnerships that promote South-South Cooperation, in support of the Partnership Framework Agreement signed by the Government and UNDP in 2012.
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