Sunday, March 19, 2017

UNDP Role In Development Of UP

             United Nations(UN) and its sister systems are working in 193 countries. The Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) are new, universal set of goal, targets and indicators. Sustainable development associates itself with planet, people, prosperity, peace, and partnership.
             The Government of India(GoI) has played a leadership role in defining  the SDG agenda. Starting 2016, countries are expected to frame their agendas and policies  to end poverty, protect the planet, enjoy peace  and ensure prosperity for all by 2030.
            There are 17 SDGs with 169 targets. Gram Panchayat (GP) will have  a crucial role to play in achieving the SDGs. The Indian constitution envisaged that GPs are to ensure local economic development and social justice.
            GP is expected to play an effective role in the planning and implementation of functions related to 29 subjects enlisted in the eleventh schedule of the constitution. It is important  to set GP- level targets with measurable indicators that will have vertical and horizontal linkages, convergence possibilities, resource mobilisation potential and feasible actions by the GPs.
           UNDP works in more than 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and  the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. It helps countries  to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and build resilience in order to sustain development results.
           UNDP is working in India since 1951 in almost areas of human development, from democratic governance to  poverty eradication, to sustainable energy and environmental management. UNDP keeps programmes aligned with national priorities.
           UNDP is working in UP in three thematic areas as follows:
1. Poverty reduction.
a) Improving efficiency of vaccination systems in multiple states.
 b) Strengthening  NYKS and NSS in India.
2. Energy and environment.
a)  Upscaling energy efficiency production in small scale steel industry in India.
b) Energy efficiency improvements in commercial bulidins.
3. Democratic Governance.
a) Increasing access to justice for marginalised people.
b) Human development: Towards Bridging Inequalities.
c) Strengthening Human Resource Management             
            I met UNDP India country director Jaco Cilliers on March 17th, 2017.  We discussed  developmental issues of UP. Main focus of  discussion was how to use ICT in different programmes to achieve Good Governance.
            UP, being the biggest state of India, has huge scope of work and opportunities. I requested him that UNDP must increase its activities and projects in a big way in UP.  He agreed in principle to my offer and request.

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