India pledges $8 mn for UN development programmes

India pledges $8 mn for UN development programmes

United Nations: India has pledged more than $8 million for the various developmental and humanitarian activities of the UN.

UN Development programme, the world body’s nodal agency for developmental activities, gets the biggest slice of the pledge -- $4.5 million. The World Food Programme, responsible for feeding millions across the world, is pledged $1.92 million.

UNICEF, the child agency which looks after children both in times conflict and peace, gets $900,000 followed by UN Population Fund with a pledge of $500,000, UN International Drug Control Programme with 300,000 and UN Environment Programme with $100,000.

Besides, UN Center for Human Settlement gets $80,000, UN Development Fund for Women and UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees $20,000 each, UN volunteer $15,000, UN Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Fund $3,000 and UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women $1,100.

Announcing the pledges to various UN programmes on behalf of India, Member of Parliament Vijay Krishna told the pledging conference here Monday that the voluntary contributions by India to the world body’s funds and programmes are proof of its commitment to multilateralism and to in international solidarity in the process of development and poverty eradication.

“India is convinced that the development agenda of the UN must receive the highest interest and attention of member States," said Krishna, who is a member of the Indian delegation to the current session of the 192-member General Assembly.