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United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development
High-Level Political Forum 2020

As a signatory to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, India is committed to participating in the international review of the progress of Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) on a regular basis. The foremost platform for international follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda is the United Nations’ High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which has been meeting annually since 2016 under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).

In the HLPF, UN member countries present their Voluntary National Review (VNR) on the implementation of SDGs. The VNRs serve as a basis for the international review of the progress on the SDGs. India presented its second Voluntary National Review in July 2020. The title of the presentation is 'Decade of Action: Taking SDGs from Global to Local'.

India, home to one-sixth of all humanity, holds the key to the success of the 2030 Agenda. India in its second VNR made a paradigm shift to a 'whole-of-society' approach, with the Government of India engaging subnational and local governments, civil society organisations, local communities, people in vulnerable situations and the private sector.

India’s commitment to the SDGs is reflected in its convergence with the national development agenda, as reflected in the motto of Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas (Collective Efforts for Inclusive Growth). Based on the evidence from the SDG India Index, which measures progress at the subnational level, the country has developed a robust SDG localisation model, centered on adoption, implementation and monitoring at the State and district levels. Furthermore, in the spirit of South-South Cooperation, for realising the 2030 Agenda, India supports developing countries through the USD 150 million India-UN Development Partnership Fund.

In this spirit of regional and global partnerships, and the country’s commitment to ‘leave no one behind’, India steps into the Decade of Action, drawing confidence from its experience in addressing challenges. The Government of India will continue to work collaboratively with all domestic and global stakeholders to accelerate efforts for a sustainable planet for future generations.

India at UN HLPF 2020

India's VNR Report

VNR in News

High-Level Political Forum 2017

The 2017 HLPF was held during 10–19 July at United Nations, New York. It focused on the theme of ‘Eradicating Poverty and Promoting Prosperity in a Changing World’, and on SDG 1 (No Poverty); 2 (Zero Hunger); 3 (Good Health and Well-Being); 5 (Gender Equality); 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure), 14 (Life Below Water) and 17 (Partnerships for the Goals).

NITI Aayog presented India's first Voluntary National Review on the implementation of SDGs in the country to the HLPF on 19 July 2017. For this review, all available information on relevant aspects of the identified SDGs and related targets were taken into consideration.

Voluntary National Review Report

Voluntary National Review Presentation

Realising Hopes: India's Film at the Voluntary National Review, 2017