India and the United Nations recently launched a joint capacity-building initiative called the “India-UN Capacity Building Initiative,” designed to foster growth and development in the Global South.
About India-UN Capacity Building Initiative:
- The initiative is aimed at building the capacity of countries in the Global South.
- The goal is to share India's development experiences, best practices, and expertise through capacity-building and training programs.
- It extends the success of India's G20 Presidency, which prioritised the inclusion of voices from the Global South in the G20 agenda.
- The initiative builds upon the extensive cooperation in development and capacity building that India already has bilaterally with the partner countries.
- As part of this initiative, the UN India team and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will “partner to leverage India's Technical and Economic Cooperation platform to share India's development experiences and best practices across the world.
- It will also put into action the development goals established during India's G20 Presidency, including the G20 Action Plan for advancing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and enhancing technology and digital infrastructure.
- What is the Global South?
- The Global South broadly comprises countries in the regions of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Asia (excluding Israel, Japan, and South Korea), and Oceania (excluding Australia and New Zealand), which are generally characterised by relatively low levels of economic and industrial development.
Q1) What are the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, are a set of 17 interconnected and ambitious goals established by the United Nations in September 2015. They were designed to address a wide range of global challenges and to create a more sustainable and equitable world by the year 2030. The SDGs build upon the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and cover a broader spectrum of economic, social, and environmental issues.