MoU signed to fasttrack development in Northeast India / PIB
The Ministry of Development of the North Eastern Region (MDoNER) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) under which UNDP will provide MDoNER with technical assistance in fast-tracking progress on the SDGs, including monitoring, evaluation, and capacity building, as well as support for aspirational districts and blocks, the deployment of emerging technologies in governance, and the scaling up of good practices.
According to the official release, the MoU was signed in the presence of the Minister of State for the DoNER and Cooperation, B.L. Verma, and UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Bureau of External Relations and Advocacy (BERA), Ulrika Modéer.
Appreciating the government’s efforts towards fast-tracking the development of the northeastern region, Ulrika Modéer said, “UNDP is privileged to sign this MoU with the ministry of development of the northeastern region. We are committed to supporting national and sub-national efforts to accelerate progress on the goals by providing technical support on SDG localization and improved capacities towards implementation and monitoring of programmes.”
While addressing the delegates B.L. Verma said, “Prime Minister’s main focus is the development of social and infrastructure connectivity in NER and hopes UNDP will help the ministry in achieving this goal.”
“The ministry of DoNER has taken remarkable strides across critical sectors such as infrastructure, connectivity, health, education, climate change and economic growth to transform the lives of the people in the region. In this journey, UNDP has been our key partner in promoting data-driven decision-making, especially through the northeast region District SDG Index,” Verma said.
The Ministry also stated that the NER District SDG Index helped in forming the flagship PM-DevINE scheme, which provides infrastructure and social development funding to boost livelihood opportunities in the region, especially for women and youth.