India and the United Nations have signed a new development cooperation framework that identifies the global organization’s focus regions and priority areas, which include food security, governance and sustainable development, for the period 2013-2017.
The new U.N. development framework for the Asian country also names gender equality, inclusive growth and equal access to quality basic services as U.N. priorities in the country from 2013 to 2017. It identifies the states of Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh as centers of U.N. efforts in India for the said time period.
This is the third development framework agreement between the United Nations and the Indian government, according to Zee News. It was signed Nov. 24 in the city of New Delhi by Indian government officials and 20 U.N. entities, including the World Health Organization, Food and Agriculture Organization and UNESCO.
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