UNOSSC Launches Partnership Fund with India to Advance SDGs

(3BL Media/Justmeans) – The United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) was established to promote South-South and triangular cooperation globally and within the UN system. UNOSSC enables developing countries to effectively face their development challenges and harness opportunities to address them.

UNOSSC has now launched a new partnership fund along with India with an aim to support sustainable development projects across the developing world. The India-UN Development Partnership Fund will implement country-level projects that are catalytic towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

The collaborative initiative is aimed at reducing poverty and hunger, improving health, education and equality, and improving access to clean water, energy and livelihoods. On the fund’s launch on occasion of the World Oceans Day, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres congratulated the government of India on its strengthened partnership with the UN system through the partnership fund.

Managed by UNOSSC, the India-UN Development Partnership Fund will support Southern-owned and led, demand-driven, and transformational sustainable development projects across the developing world. Focusing on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS), UN agencies will implement the fund's projects in close collaboration with partnering governments.

A 'Climate Early Warning System in Pacific Island Countries' has been announced as the first project to receive support from the new partnership. The project was formulated by India and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in consultation with the Governments of the Cook Islands, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, the Solomon Islands and Tonga. The project will increase resilience to natural disasters in these seven Pacific island countries.

Source: The Economic Times