NITI Aayog presents India’s Voluntary National Review on SDGs to UN’s HLPF

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Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog

Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog presented India’s Voluntary National Review (VNR) report titled Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local at the United Nations High-level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, 2020, on July 13. The HLPF is the foremost international platform for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The India VNR 2020 report is a comprehensive account of the adoption and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in India. Apart from presenting a review of progress on the 17 SDGs, the report discusses at length the policy and enabling environment, India’s approach to localising SDGs and strengthening means of implementation. The India VNR 2020 report was released by Dr Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog, Dr VK Paul, Member, NITI Aayog, Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog, and Sanyukta Samaddar, Adviser (SDGs), NITI Aayog at the HLPF 2020, which is being hosted on a virtual platform due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The presentation also included a short film which encapsulated the processual aspects of the second VNR and captured some of India’s major progress areas on the SDGs.

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47 Member States are set to present their VNRs between July 10-16, 2020 at the HLPF 2020. The VNRs presented by the Member States at the HLPF are a critical component of the review of progress and implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs. The reviews are voluntary and state-led and are aimed at facilitating the sharing of experiences, including successes, challenges and lessons learned. The process of preparation of a country’s VNR provides a platform for partnerships, including through the participation of various relevant stakeholders. India’s first VNR was prepared and presented by NITI Aayog in the year 2017.

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While highlighting the leading role India has been playing in promoting global engagement platforms such as the International Solar Alliance (ISA), the Coalition for Disaster Resilience Infrastructure (CDRI), and the active participation in implementing the Sendai Framework, UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Paris Climate Agreement, “The role of international cooperation is more critical than ever before”, said the Vice-Chairman, NITI Aayog.

Amitabh Kant, CEO, NITI Aayog said, “We are deeply committed to building on existing efforts and undertake newer initiatives to accelerate progress on the SDG targets for long term transformation. In this endeavour, peer learning and knowledge sharing will play a key role -which we are actively fostering among States and Union Territories.”

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