India and the United Nations on September 28, 2018, signed the Government of India-United Nations Sustainable Development Framework (UNSDF) for 2018-2022. The framework was signed by Amitabh Kant, CEO NITI Aayog and United Nations Resident Coordinator in India, Yuri Afanasiev. The signing ceremony was presided over by NITI Aayog Vice Chairperson Dr Rajiv Kumar, members of NITI Aayog and the heads of UN agencies in India.
1. The Framework outlines the work of UN agencies in India to support the achievement of key development outcomes that have been identified in consultation with the government and are aligned to the national priorities.
2. The NITI Aayog is the national counterpart for the UN in India for the operationalisation of the UNSDF.
3. Nineteen UN agencies have signed on the UNSDF 2018-2022.
The United Nations system in India includes 26 organisations that have the privilege to serve in India. The Resident Coordinator, the designated representative of the UN Secretary-General to the Government, leads the UN Country Team to advocate the mandate of the United Nations. Yuri Afanasiev is the UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India. He assumed his duties in July 2015.