The Government of India and the United Nations have signed the Government of India – United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework 2023-2027 (GoI-UNSDCF). This collaboration between NITI Aayog, the government policy think tank, and the UN in India aims to advance India’s sustainable development goals. The framework focuses on key areas such as gender equality, youth empowerment, human rights, and overall sustainable development, aligning with the 2030 Agenda.
I. The GoI-UNSDCF: A Strategic Roadmap for Sustainable Development
- The strategic roadmap aims to achieve India’s sustainable development targets.
- Four pillars of the framework: People, Prosperity, Planet, and Participation.
- Six key outcome areas: health and well-being, quality education, economic growth, environment and climate, and empowerment of individuals and communities.
II. Commitment to Localizing the Sustainable Development Goals
- India solidifies its commitment to localize the SDGs through the GoI-UNSDCF.
- Emphasis on South-South cooperation and India’s role as a global leader in sustainable development.
- Showcasing successful models of development on the international stage.
III. Development Process and Stakeholder Engagement
- NITI Aayog led the formulation of the GoI-UNSDCF, involving line Ministries, State Governments, and Union Territories.
- Inputs from the UN development system in India and contributions from civil society, think tanks, private sector, cooperatives, and labor unions.
- Third-party evaluation of the previous Cooperation Framework (2018-2022) and Common Country Analysis (CCA) informed the new framework.
IV. Implementation and Coordination
- Implementation, monitoring, and reporting of the framework jointly overseen by the Government of India and the United Nations through a Joint Steering Committee.
- Joint collaboration mechanism to ensure effective coordination and synergy in driving sustainable development efforts.
V. India’s Vision for the Future
- The next five years crucial for innovation-driven, inclusive, resilient, and sustainable development in India.
- Focus on the principle of “Leaving No One Behind” due to India’s vast and diverse demography.
- Adapting the Cooperation Framework to address evolving challenges and align with national development priorities.
VI. India’s Progress and Role in Sustainable Development
- India’s strides in delivering development and resilience at scale.
- Transformation of social welfare systems, digital public infrastructure, and national missions.
- Leadership in climate action and resilience.
- Addressing challenges of the last century and embracing the challenges of Amrit Kaal for a developed and empowered India.