The Union Cabinet, presided by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 6 March 2017 approved the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN-Women). It said that the MoU between India and the United Nations Entity of Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) seeks to provide technical support to the Ministry of Panchayati Raj to improve the opportunities for gender equality through legislation, policies and programmes in ministry’s institutions. The convention is an international transit system under the auspices of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) to facilitate seamless movement of goods within and among the parties to the Convention.
Currently, there are 70 parties to the convention, including the European Union. Compliance with the convention will help India boost trade with the Central Asian Republics and other Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), particularly using ports in Iran. The proposed MoU will facilitate implementing some specific activities identified jointly by Ministry of Panchayati Raj (MoPR) and UN Women within the broader framework for cooperation under the United Nations Development Assistance Framework ((UNDAF). These activities will be carried out at the district and sub-district level in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Odisha, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. The MoU will work for a time-bound results in the activities identified jointly by the ministry and UN Women within the framework of United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF).