UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director Ms. Kanni Wignaraja to visit India to lead discussions with the government, private sector, development partners, and communities

New Delh : United Nations (UN) Assistant Secretary-General and Director, Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms. Kanni Wignaraja, will be on her first official visit to India beginning 12 June.

During the week-long mission to the country, Ms. Wignaraja will be meeting senior government officials to discuss UNDP’s work and support for the country’s development priorities.

She will lead a policy dialogue with Mr. Shyam Saran, Former Foreign Secretary, Dr. Anantha Nageswaran, Chief Economic Advisor, Government of India, and Mr. AK Shiv Kumar, Development Economist, as panelists. The event will bring together experts to discuss the pathway for inclusive, green, and equitable recovery post-COVID-19.

Her programme also includes meetings with business leaders and development partners to discuss shared values for realizing the sustainable development goals in India.

Ms. Wignaraja will also be visiting projects supported by UNDP’s country programme that cover environment, inclusive growth, and health. This will include biodiversity conservation sites and seeing Co-WIN – one of the world’s largest vaccination programmes in operation.

UNDP’s partnership with India spans 70 years. UNDP has supported the Government of India in all areas of human development, including systems strengthening, inclusive growth, sustainable livelihoods, climate action, and resilience.