To expand its projects and work in Mumbai city and across the state, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) is all set to start its first coordination office in Mumbai soon. The UNDP country director Dr Jaco Ciliers is scheduled to meet chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Friday evening to discuss opening of its office and several other key issues.According to sources, the agenda for the meeting with the chief minister involves discussion on the role of UNDP in Maharashtra Development Forum in making an internationally unique and renowned model and its proposed launching in the Make in India Week in Mumbai.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The UNDP has over 15 projects running in the state, contributing towards Energy & Environment, Poverty Reduction, Democratic Governance and Policy Advocacy with an overall budget of around 1.6 million dollars.”The UNDP has been doing a lot of projects in Mumbai and now we want to start a few more particularly pertaining to women upliftment. Our latest project that we are working on aims at providing useful skills to women and then helping them find employment,” Ciliers told dna.Last year, in a major initiative to strengthen the institutional capacity of Indian Railways, a Centre of Excellence (COE) was established at Indian Railways Institute of Electrical Engineering (IRIEEN) in Nashik in collaboration with UNDP.”The COE acts as resource centre for technical support and advice on energy efficiency technologies and measures, dissemination of the information to the staff and to stakeholders. It supports the implementation of Energy Efficiency (EE) measures and technologies in the various zonal institutions and zonal units by promoting, coordinating, and providing technical back-up on EE activities,” UNDP officials claimed.In coastal areas the UNDP is also taking up projects related to biodiversity. “We have recently helped conduct survey pertaining to dolphins in Sindhudurg and are also in process of starting scuba driving training courses which will help promote tourism industry here,” officials added.

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United Nations Development Programme to set up its coordination office in Mumbai