Rebeca Grynspan in India
Rebeca Grynspan, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNDP Associate Administrator visited India between 10-18 Oct 2012.
Her trip covered a wide gamut of issues – from Ministerial meetings , interacting with corporate heads and women leaders in Delhi; witnessing first-hand the powerful impact of the integrated women’s empowerment model being piloted in eastern Uttar Pradesh, and addressing delegates of the 11th Conference of Parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity in Hyderabad.
During her visit, the Associate Administrator met with five ministers including the Ministers in Ministry of Human Resource Development; Ministry of Rural Development; Ministry of Tribal Affairs; Ministry of Environment and Forests; Ministry of New and Renewable Energy and the Deputy Planning Commissioner. The meetings covered persistent as well as emerging issues such as approaches to addressing exclusion; tribal development; left-wing extremism affected districts; decentralized governance; sustainable livelihoods, energy security and environment issues.
She presided over the signing of two memoranda of understanding, one with the Election Commission – the first ever for UNDP with an autonomous body—and a second with the Ministry of Rural Development in support of UNDP’s engagement in districts affected by left wing extremism. The Election Commission of India conducts free, fair and violence-free elections for 700 million voters, a number that equals the voter base of Australia, Europe and United States. The MoU marks a step towards more intensive engagement on South-South collaboration. She also witnessed the signing of a Letter of Intent with the Ministry of Rural Development to support governance and livelihoods issues in extremist affected districts in the country.
The Associate Administrator participated in the Convention of Parties on Biodiversity in Hyderabad as the lead UN representative. With Minister Natarajan, she presented India’s first Biodiversity and Governance Awards and launched a major publication on biodiversity, governance and landscape approaches before 193 state representatives at the Government’s official reception.
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