NITI Aayog to launch 2nd edition of SDG India Index

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News:NITI Aayog will launch the second edition of the Sustainable Development Goals(SDG) India Index and Dashboard on 30th December,2019 in New Delhi.

Facts:

About SDG India Index:

  • SDG India Index and Dashboard has been developed by NITI Aayog in collaboration with the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI), Global Green Growth Institute and the United Nations.
  • The aim of the index is to instil competition among States to improve their performance across social indices as the States’ progress will determine India’s progress towards achieving the set goals by 2030. 
  • The index documents the progress made by India’s States and Union Territories towards implementing the 2030 SDG targets.
  • Besides indicating where the States and UTs currently are on SDG implementation, the Index and Dashboard also charts distance to be travelled to reach SDG targets.
  • The first edition of the index was launched in December 2018.It was the first tool developed by any large country to monitor progress towards achieving SDGs at sub-national level.

About SDG India Index 2019:

  • The SDG India Index and Dashboard 2019 covers 16 out of 17 SDGs and a qualitative assessment on Goal 17.This marks an improvement over 2018 Index, which covered only 13 goals. 
  • On the basis of progress made, the Index will rank all States and UTs on 100 indicators drawn from MoSPI’s National Indicator Framework, comprising of 306 indicators.

Additional information:

About National Indicator Framework:

  • In 2016, the Ministry of Statistics & Programme Implementation (MoSPI) has developed a National Indicator Framework(NIF).
  • The framework is a consolidated list of possible national indicators.It consists of 306 statistical indicators to serve as a backbone for monitoring of SDGs.

About Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs):

  • The Sustainable Development Goals(SDGs) were born at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.
  • The objective was to produce a set of universal goals that meet the urgent environmental, political and economic challenges facing the world.
  • The SDGs are a bold commitment to finish what the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) started and tackle some of the more pressing challenges.