Monitoring the SDGs in India


 India’s 2017 Voluntary National Review Report was recently launched during the most recent HLPF in the UN Headquarters

“Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam”, an ancient Indian phrase meaning “the world is one family”, pithily captures the spirit of India’s approach to all aspects of life including economic development. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are, thus, part and parcel of the country’s longstanding tradition and heritage. Indeed, the goals substantially reflect the development agenda of India, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself noted in his speech at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit in September 2015.

India has played an important role in shaping the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This has meant that the country’s national development goals are mirrored in the SDGs. As such, India has been effectively committed to achieving the SDGs even before they were fully crystallized. As one of the countries that has volunteered to take part in the Voluntary National Reviews (VNRs) at the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) 2017, India appreciates the focus on ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’.

The memorable phrase Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas, translated as “Collective Effort, Inclusive Development” forms the cornerstone of India’s national development agenda. To fast-track this agenda, NITI Aayog, the premier think tank of the Government of India, has recently released a draft Three-Year Action Agenda covering years 2017-2018 to 2019-2020. In parallel, work on a 15-Year Vision and 7-year strategy document is in advanced stages. Reflecting the country’s long-standing federal tradition, these documents are being prepared with active participation of the sub-national governments.

While reporting about the various facets of the SDGs, this Voluntary National Review focuses on the progress made towards achieving Goals 1, 2, 3, 5, 9, 14 and 17. These Goals have been agreed upon in the HLPF as focus areas for this year. The nature of SDGs, however, is such that the advancement of one global goal may lead to progress in other goals as well.

Read India’s complete 2017 Voluntary National Review Report here: India Report_HLPF