India will provide funding support of USD 700,000 from the India-UN Development Partnership Fund for the project named “Motufoua concrete water cistern” as requested by the Government of Tuvalu, India’s Permanent Mission to the UN said.
Formerly known as the Ellice Islands, Tuvalu is an island country in the Polynesian subregion of Oceania in the Pacific Ocean.
Motufoua Secondary School is Tuvalu’s only public school.
“The proposed concrete water cistern, with a capacity of 760 m3 will store and provide clean water to students, teachers and school staff promoting hygiene and reducing water-borne diseases,” read the statement issued by Permanent Mission to the UN.
It may be recalled that at the Summit of the Forum for India–Pacific Islands Cooperation, held in May 2023 in Papua New Guinea, the Prime Minister of India had announced the “Sagar Amrut Scholarship” scheme for the Pacific Island countries.
He had also announced a 12-point action plan focusing on health, wellness and community development sectors as per priorities of the Pacific island countries.
The water cistern project in Tuvalu is in pursuance of these initiatives focused on the importance of high impact community development projects in areas of choice by the Pacific countries.
The Permanent Representative of India, Ambassador Ruchira Kamboj, said, “Indian philosophy has always viewed the world as one family. India remains engaged with the Pacific island countries on issues of common concern, such as climate change and sustainable development, capacity building and training, health and well-being, infrastructure and economic development. This project, like many others, is another step as India moves along with fellow developing countries towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals”.
The India-UN Development Partnership Fund, established by the Government of India in June 2017, provides support to projects in developing countries that aim to contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.
The Fund adheres to the principles of South-South cooperation and places a priority on national ownership and leadership, equality, sustainability, development of local capacity and mutual benefit.
A total of US$ 150 million over the next decade has been committed by the Government of India for the Fund.
Till date, 75 development projects across 56 countries have been supported through the Fund.