On August 5, 2020, India contributed 15.46 million USD to the India-UN Development Partnership Fund.
India has contributed the funds to the United Nations Office for South-south Cooperation (UNOSSC) as a permanent representative of the UN. Of this, 9.46 million USD has been dedicated to the Commonwealth countries and 6 million USD to the overall fund.
India-UN Development Partnership Fund
The fund is managed by UNOSSC. It was established in 2017. The Fund supports developing countries in achieving their 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development. Currently, there are 36 projects being implemented in 37 countries with the help of the fund.
The fund mainly focuses on the development of Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and small Island Developing States.
So far, India has contributed 41.8 million USD towards the fund. India has committed 150 million USD towards the funds in the next decade.
First Project of the Fund
The first project under the India-UN Development Partnership Fund focussed on increase in resilence to natural disasters in six Pacific Island nations. They are Kirbati, Cook Islands, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Micronesia, Solomon Islands. It also included Kingdom of Tonga.
The UNOSSC is hosted by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). It was established in 1974 by the United Nations General Assembly. It promotes, coordinates and supports South-South cooperation globally and also within United Nations.
The South-South Cooperation is the technical cooperation among developing countries. There are other terms of cooperation in the UN. They are as follows
The North-South Cooperation is the social, economic and political cooperation between a developed and a developing country. The terms north and south are being used as most of the countries in the northern hemisphere are developed and those in the southern hemisphere are developing.
The Triangular cooperation involves three actors such as one from the north and two from the south.
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