India placed 116 on Sustainable Development Goals

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India has been placed at a low 116 rank out of 157 nations on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Index. It is behind countries such as Nepal, Iran, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and China.

Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway topped the index.

The SDG Index and Dashboards Report are produced by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and the Bertelsmann Stiftung.

The SDG index ranks countries on the basis of their performance across 17 sustainable goals.

What does the rankings reflect?

  • The rankings show that the countries which have topped the index are not the biggest economies but are comparably small, developed economies
  • According to Bertelsmann Stiftung chairman and CEO Aart De Geus, the report’s findings show that politicians, businesses and society altogether must urgently intensify their efforts and commit themselves to this agenda.

The SDG Index and Dashboard collect available data for 157 countries to assess where each country stands in 2017 with regard to achieving the SDGs.

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  • The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), officially known as Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is a set of 17 “Global Goals” with 169 targets between them.
  • Spearheaded by the United Nations through a deliberative process involving its 193 Member States, as well as global civil society, the goals are contained in paragraph 54 United Nations Resolution A/RES/70/1 of 25 September 2015.
  • The Resolution is a broader intergovernmental agreement that acts as the Post 2015 Development Agenda (successor to the Millennium Development Goals).
  • The SDGs build on the Principles agreed upon under Resolution A/RES/66/288, popularly known as The Future We Want.It is a non-binding document released as a result of Rio+20 Conference held in 2012 in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.
  • On 19 July 2014, theUN General Assembly’s Open Working Group (OWG) on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) forwarded a proposal for the SDGs to the Assembly. The proposal contained 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development
  • These included ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. On 5 December 2014, the UN General Assembly accepted the Secretary-General’s Synthesis Report which stated that the agenda for the post-2015 SDG process would be based on the OWG proposals.
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