At UN, India to highlight localisation of SDGs

Written By: Sidhant Sibal WION
New Delhi, India Published: Jul 11, 2020, 10.04 AM(IST)

Rajiv Kumar at UN Photograph:( Reuters )

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Sustainable Development Goals 2030 is a group of 17 goals set by United Nations General Assembly in 2015 to be achieved by 2030.

India will be highlighting how it has been localising SDGs or Sustainable development goals at the upcoming Voluntary National Review (VNRs) at the United Nations. NITI Aayog's Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar will be representing India via virtual means on July 13 around 8.45 pm (IST).

Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) are presented at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), held under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) every year in July.

During the address, India will showcase the shift to a “whole-of-society” approach by engaging sub-national and local governments, civil society organisations, local communities, people in vulnerable situations and the private sector.  

The main message to be read out is, "Based on the evidence from the SDG India Index, which measures progress at the subnational level, the country has developed a robust SDG localization model centered on adoption, implementation and monitoring at the State and district levels."

It will also highlight India’s "commitment" to the SDGs which is "reflected in its convergence with the national development agenda as reflected in the motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas (Collective Efforts for Inclusive Growth)."

Five key areas which India will be focusing on at the world body will be Sashakt Bharat - Sabal Bharat (Empowered and Resilient India), Swachh Bharat - Swasth Bharat (Clean and Healthy India), Samagra Bharat - Saksham Bharat (Inclusive and Entrepreneurial India), Satat Bharat – Sanatan Bharat (Sustainable India) and Sampanna Bharat- Samriddh Bharat (Prosperous and Vibrant India).

The is the second VNR of India — the last being 2017 — and is part of follow-up and review to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the Member States of UN conducting regular reviews of progress made towards its achievement. A total of 47 countries, including India, are presenting their VNR.

Sustainable Development Goals 2030 is a group of 17 goals set by United Nations General Assembly in 2015. The aim is to achieve them by 2030 and include goals such as achieving no poverty, zero hunger, quality education, and so on.

In the spirit of South-South Cooperation, for realizing the 2030 Agenda, India supports developing countries through the USD 150 million India-UN Development Partnership Fund.

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