INDIA AND UNITED NATIONS
The UN cannot avoid its development responsibilities. Much needs to be done-the international community has to go a long way in meeting the ODA target of 0.7 per cent of GDP agreed nearly a quarter century ago. According to the report of the Development Assistance Committee of the Organization for Economic co-operation and Development, overseas aid from 21 richest OECD countries fell from 0.25 per cent of combined national income in 1996 to 0.22 per cent in 1997. According to the same report, development aid has fallen by 20 per cent in real terms since 1992.
India is one of the largest contributors to the core resources of UNDP and a significant contributor to those of UNFPA and UNICEF. India is also a major contributor to the core resources of and the World Food Programme. India's contribution to these funds is higher than that of many OECD countries. We hope that the developed countries will also increase their contributions to untied and apolitical resources for development.
India has contributed US $ 100,000 to the UNCTAD Trust Fund for the least Developed countries. It has also been contributing US $ 50,000 per annum to the ITC Global Trust Fund since its inception in 1996. It also makes substantial voluntary contributions to UNEP, Habitat, UN Drug Control Programme, UNRWA, UNIFEM UN Volunteers etc.
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