Stressing on the necessity for localisation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to achieve the 2030 SDG agenda, India has stated that there isn’t any “one size fits all” strategy however nations can definitely share expertise and study from one another. Speaking at the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on “How can localisation of SDGs contribute to Leaving nobody behind?”, India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ambassador T.S. Tirumurti stated that due to the localisation efforts, the trail to implement the 2030 Agenda will probably be comparatively clean even within the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“For the 2030 Agenda to succeed in big countries like India with a population of 1.3 billion, SDG localisation is an imperative,” he stated on Thursday.
Tirumurti stated that breaking down objectives and implementation to sub-national and native ranges is the one manner to reach attaining SDG targets. Localisation additionally permits growing native options to native challenges by empowering provincial and native ranges of authorities.
“There is no ‘one size fits all’ approach for localisation, but we can certainly share experience and learn from each other,” he stated.
Tirumurti stated that the worldwide pandemic is threatening to disrupt the “Decade of Action”. “It goes without saying that we need to work together collectively to ensure that all countries, especially vulnerable ones, stay their course on the 2030 SDG Agenda,” he stated.
He stated that the general coordination for implementation of SDGs in India is dealt with by the National Institution for Transforming India or NITI Aayog, which is pushed by the mandate to work in a spirit of cooperative and aggressive federalism and has been extensively participating with governments at nationwide and native ranges in addition to civil society organizations.
NITI Aayog has assisted in growing SDG imaginative and prescient paperwork at sub-national and native ranges. The proven fact that our Government has given a satisfaction of place to digital governance, particularly to make them people-centric, has paved the best way for citizen-friendly localisation, Tirumurti stated.
Institutional constructions at the state and native ranges, reminiscent of nodal SDG division, devoted SDG groups, and district-level constructions, assist dissolve a silo-based functioning.
After the fiscal decentralisation, the federal government took ahead in 2015-16 the implementation of native growth plans by native authorities integrating SDGs into them, he stated.
The ‘SDG India Index’, spearheaded by NITI Aayog since 2018, performs a pivotal function in SDG localisation by measuring efficiency through the use of globally-accepted methodology and rating them accordingly. It is being introduced out yearly since 2018.
The 2021 version of the Index covers all 17 Goals, 70 targets, and 115 indicators. The Index provides beneficial insights to policymakers on the remaining distance to journey, gaps, and information and statistical challenges. The utility of the Index extends past progress monitoring – it has carried out cooperative and aggressive federalism within the true spirit of democracy and good governance, he stated.
Tirumurti stated that India’s second VNR (Voluntary National Review) entitled, “Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local”, at the 2020 HLPF, adopted a “whole of-society” strategy.
He stated that SDG localisation course of isn’t restricted solely to authorities interventions, but additionally contains civil society organisations.
“In spite of the pandemic, we have seen remarkable progress in some crucial goals, for example in Goal 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production),” he stated.