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India contributes additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund

India has contributed an additional $1 million to India-UN Development Partnership Fund launched to support sustainable development projects across the developing world.

Earlier, India had made an initial contribution of $1 million when the fund was created. The amount was allocated for the implementation of a project benefiting seven Small Island Developing States in South Pacific Ocean.

India-UN Development Partnership Fund

The fund was set up in 9 June 2017 (on occasion of the World Oceans Day) as a partnership between India and the United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC). It is managed by UNOSSC. The fund will be utilized to carry out country-level projects that would be catalytic towards achieving the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

The fund prioritises projects reducing poverty and hunger, improving health, education and equality, and expanding access to clean water and energy and livelihoods. It mainly focuses on transformational sustainable development projects in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States. The projects under the fund are implemented by UN agencies in close collaboration with partnering governments.

United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC)

The UNOSSC was established with an objective to promote, coordinate and support South-South and triangular cooperation across the world within the UN system. It has its genesis in 1974 when the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) had endorsed the establishment of a special unit to promote technical cooperation among developing countries within the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). In 2012, the special unit was given the name UNOSSC by the UNGA through a resolution. UNOSSC receives policy directives and guidance from the UNGA.

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Union Government launches new training programme COMMIT for State Government officials

The Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances & Pension has launched a new training programme Comprehensive Online Modified Modules on Induction Training (COMMIT) for State Government officials.

The objective of COMMIT programme is to improve the public service delivery mechanism and provide citizen centric administration through capacity building of officials who interact with the citizens on day-to-day basis.

Key Facts

The COMMIT programme has been developed by Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) in collaboration with United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

It will supplement the existing 12-Day Induction Training Programme (ITP) launched in 2014-15 for newly recruited state Government officials to develop in them Generic and Domain specific competencies.  COMMIT is cost effective and has the potential to cover about 3.3 lakh officials annually, compared to 10,000 officials under existing 12-Day ITP.

Initially on pilot basis the programme will be launched in 6 States of Assam, Haryana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and West Bengal during the current financial year 2017-18. Next year it is expected to cover all India level. It will cover approximately 74,000 State Government officials in 2017-18.

The COMMIT programme has been designed in such a way that it allows to translate the content in local/regional languages. It will be implemented through State Administrative Training Institutes (ATIs). It will be of 28 hours duration which will include e-Modules for 20 hours and face-to-face training for 8 hours. The 20 hours e-training will be imparted through specifically developed 12 Generic and 3 Domain specific e-Modules.

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