- United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, 2020
As a signatory to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, India is committed to participate in the international review of 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 meets 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 thus serve as a basis for the international review of progress for the SDGs. India is presenting its second Voluntary National Review at the HLPF 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 has made a paradigm shift to a “whole-of-society” approach with Government of India engaging sub-national and local governments, civil society organizations, 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 localization model centered on adoption, implementation and monitoring at the State and district levels. Furthermore, in the spirit of South-South Cooperation, for realizing the 2030 Agenda, India supports developing countries through the USD 150 million India-UN Development Partnership Fund.
Thus, 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.
- High Level Political Forum, 2017
The 2017 HLPF was held during 10 th-19 th July at the United Nations, New York. It focused on the theme: ‘Eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world’ and on the SDGs 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 implementation of SDGs in the country to the HLPF on 19th July 2017. For this review, all available information on relevant aspects of the identified SDGs and related targets were taken into consideration.