India-UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF)

NITI Aayog and United Nations in India signed Sustainable Development Framework for 2018-2022.



  • The agreement is a reflection of commitment and efforts made by India towards attaining Sustainable Development Goals.
  • UNSDF 2018-2022 outlines development cooperation strategy between Union Government and United Nations Country Team in India in support of achievement of India’s key national development priorities and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • It was framed following highly participative process, in consultation with government entities, civil society representatives, academia, and private sector.
  • Focus areas under it include poverty and urbanization, health, water, and sanitation, education, climate change, nutrition and food security, clean energy, and disaster resilience; skilling, entrepreneurship, job creation, gender equality and youth development. (Make a Ray Diagram of these)
  • Across these outcome areas, UN will support Union Government in south-south cooperation in partnership with Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).
  • The total planned budget outlay for implementation of UNSDF is approximately Rs. 11000 crore, of which 47% is planned to be mobilized through course of implementation from multiple sources, including private sector and government.
  • The programmatic work outlined in UNSDF targets seven low-income states viz. Bihar, Jharkhand, MP, Odisha, Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and UP along with North-East region and aspirational districts identified by the NITI Aayog.
  • It will work on improving lives of most marginalized, poor, and vulnerable communities and people in the country, especially women and girls.
  • UNSDF also includes set of UN flagship programs that are aligned with major government schemes.
  • These flagship programs will be scalable innovative, multi-sectoral solutions to some of most pressing development challenges that India faces and also serve as catalysts for increased investment of development finance.
  • UNSDF programmes range from affordable housing for poor to increasing access to clean energy in rural off-grid areas, protecting all children from vaccine-preventable diseases, providing quality education for all children and skilling for young people, especially young girls and ending stunting to improving child sex ratio. - India-UN Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF)

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