India-UN Capacity Building Initiative

India and the United Nations have joined forces to initiate a collaborative capacity-building effort aimed at operationalizing development-focused objectives from India’s G20 Presidency. This initiative seeks to share India’s best practices with partner countries in the Global South. Announced during the event ‘India-UN for the Global South-Delivering for Development,’ the initiative reinforces India’s commitment to South-South cooperation and the pursuit of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Operationalizing G20 Deliverables

  • The “India-UN Capacity Building Initiative” is designed to put into action development-oriented outcomes of India’s G20 Presidency, including the G20 Action Plan for Accelerating Progress on the SDGs and advancements in technology and digital public infrastructure.
  • This initiative will significantly contribute to global efforts aimed at achieving the SDGs by strengthening South-South Cooperation.
  • It reflects India’s dedication to enhancing its development partnership with nations in the Global South.

Inclusive G20 Presidency

  • The initiative also builds upon India’s successful G20 Presidency, which emphasized the inclusion of the Global South’s perspective in the G20 agenda.
  • Notably, the African Union became part of the G20 during India’s Presidency.

Sharing India’s Development Expertise

  • The initiative’s core objective is to share India’s development experiences, best practices, and expertise with partner countries in the Global South through capacity-building and training programs.
  • It leverages India’s Technical and Economic Cooperation platform to disseminate its development experiences and practices worldwide.

Key Collaborators

  • The UN India team and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will partner to harness India’s Technical and Economic Cooperation platform for sharing India’s development experiences globally.
  • A Joint Declaration of Intent was exchanged between UN Resident Coordinator in India Shombi Sharp and India representative of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Hari Menon during the event.

Building on Bilateral Cooperation

  • The ‘India-UN Capacity Building Initiative’ complements India’s existing bilateral cooperation in development and capacity building with partner countries.
  • It aligns with the India-UN partnership through the India-UN Development Partnership Fund, which has supported 75 development projects in 61 countries over the past six years.



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