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India stresses for inclusive growth as the guiding objective in UNDP

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Stressing the eradication of poverty and inclusive growth as the “singular guiding” objective of the activities of the UNDP, India marked its objective in the post-2015 development agenda

undpUnited Nations: Stressing the eradication of poverty and inclusive growth as the “singular guiding” objective of the activities of the UNDP, India marked its objective in the post-2015 development agenda.

Asoke Kumar Mukerji, India’s Ambassador to the UN, said that United Nations Development Program’s strategic plan has given an explicit vision i.e. the eradication of poverty and inclusive growth.

“This has to be the singular guiding objective of UNDP’s activities, as well as the critical benchmark of assessment, as the organization proceeds forward in the implementation of the strategic plan, especially in developing countries,” Mukerji said at the first regular session 2014 of the Executive Board of UNDP.

He further said that for the UN development system as well as for the post-2015 development agenda to succeed, the starting premise has to be rooted in the “D of UNDP” and strongly anchored on issues of “development” alone.

“If we were to lose sight of this defining objective, and cloud ourselves with extraneous issues by trying to somehow connect them with development, we would might end up doing the development agenda a great disservice,” Mukerji said.

Mukerji said India has one of the longest relationships with UNDP and is the largest contributor to its core budget among developing countries. “We have an abiding interest in UNDP’s success and your efforts in the global development agenda,” he said citing a quote by Mahatma Gandhi which said “Recall the face of the poorest and weakest man you have seen, and ask yourself if this step you contemplate is going to be any use to him.”

“Based on the rapid penetration of information and communication technologies into societies in developing, including least developed economies, it is necessary and feasible for us to look at the ‘force multiplier’ effect of these technologies in altering the narrative of women’s empowerment debate in developing countries.”

“We can attempt this by planning programs and projects that place such empowering tools at the hands of women, themselves,” Mukerji added.

UNDP Executive Board is made up of representatives from 36 countries around the world who serve on a rotating basis. Through its Bureau, consisting of representatives from five regional groups, the Board oversees and supports the activities of UNDP, ensuring that the organization remains responsive to the evolving needs of program countries.

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