India to sign partnership framework agreement



New Delhi: India will sign a partnership framework agreement tomorrow with the UNDP during the visit of its Administrator and former New Zealand Prime Minister, Helen Clark, here.

The agreement seeks to take cooperation and partnership between the two entities to the next level by enhancing South-South cooperation in support of other developing countries, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) said in a statement. This is Clark's second visit to India in her current capacity.

She will meet senior leaders including External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, Minister of Rural Development Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan besides Minister of Tribal Affairs and Panchayati Raj, V Chandra Singh Deo.

"To commemorate India's leadership in embracing the human development approach Helen Clark will present the inaugural India Human Development Awards instituted by UNDP and the Planning Commission.

"Titled Manav Vikas, the awards are in recognition of India's rich body of work in national, state and district Human Development Reports (HDR) and its emergence as the world's largest producer of sub-national HDRs," the UNDP said.

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