NITI Aayog releases SDG India index 2021.
New Delhi, June 3: NITI Aayog released the third edition of the SDG India 2020-21 Index and Dashboard today. Since its inaugural launch in 2018, the index has been comprehensively documenting and ranking the progress made by the Union States and Territories towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. Now in its third year, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring the progress of the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition between the states and territories of the Union, NITI Aayog said in a note.
NITI Aayog Vice President Dr. Rajiv Kumar presented the report titled SDG India Index and Dashboard 2020-21: Partnerships in the Decade of Action, in the presence of Dr. Vinod Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, Shri Amitabh Kant, Executive Director, NITI Aayog, and Ms. Sanyukta Samaddar, Advisor (ODS), NITI Aayog.
Designed and developed by NITI Aayog, the preparation of the index followed extensive consultations with key stakeholders: the states and territories of the Union; UN agencies led by the United Nations in India, the Ministry of Statistics and Program Implementation (MoSPI), and key Union ministries.
“Our effort to track the SDGs through India’s SDG index and dashboard continues to be well known and applauded around the world. It remains a rare data-driven initiative to rank our states and territories in the Union. by calculating a composite index of the SDGs. confident that it will remain a matter of aspiration and emulation and will help drive follow-up efforts internationally, “said NITI Aayog Vice President Dr. Rajiv Kumar, said during the launch.
With a third of the road to achieving the 2030 Agenda behind us, this edition of the index report focuses on the importance of partnerships as a theme. Shri Amitabh Kant, Executive Director of NITI Aayog, said: “The report reflects the partnerships we have built and strengthened during our efforts for the SDGs.
The narrative sheds light on how collaborative initiatives can generate better results and greater impacts. ”
On the topic of partnerships, which is central to Goal 17, NITI Aayog Member (Health) Dr. Vinod Paul said: “It is clear that by working together we can build a more resilient and sustainable future, where no one is left. behind. ”
“From covering 13 Goals with 62 indicators in its first edition in 2018, the third edition covers 16 Goals in 115 quantitative indicators, with a qualitative assessment of Goal 17, thus reflecting our continued efforts to refine this important tool,” said Ms. Sanyukta Samaddar, Advisor (ODS), NITI Aayog.
NITI Aayog has the dual mandate of overseeing the adoption and monitoring of the SDGs in the country, and also promoting competitive and cooperative federalism between the States and the TUs. The index represents the articulation of the comprehensive nature of the Global Goals of the 2030 Agenda, while being attuned to national priorities. The modular nature of the index has become a policy tool and calculator ready to measure progress by States and UTs on the expansive nature of the Goals, including health, education, gender, economic growth, institutions, climate change and the environment.
The SDG India 2020-21 Index, developed in collaboration with the United Nations in India, tracks the progress of all States and UTs on 115 indicators that are aligned with the MoSPI National Indicator Framework (NIF). The initiative to refine and improve this important tool with each edition has been driven by the need to continually compare performance and measure progress, and take into account the availability of the latest SDG-related data on States and TUs. The selection process for these 115 indicators included multiple consultations with the Union Ministries. Feedback from all States and UTs was solicited and, as an essential stakeholder and audience for this locator tool, they played a crucial role in setting up the index by enriching the feedback process with localized knowledge and experience from the field.
The SDG India 2020-21 index is more robust than previous editions due to broader coverage of targets and indicators with greater alignment with the FRS. The 115 indicators incorporate 16 of 17 SDGs, with a qualitative assessment of Goal 17, and cover 70 Goals of the SDGs. This is an improvement over the 2018-19 and 2019-20 editions of the index, which had used 62 indicators in 39 targets and 13 targets, and 100 indicators in 54 targets and 16 targets, respectively.
The SDG India index calculates the 16 SDG scores for each state and territory in the Union.
Overall State and UT scores are generated from goal-based scores to measure the aggregate performance of the sub-national unit based on its performance on the 16 SDGs. These scores range from 0-100, and if a state / UT achieves a score of 100, it means that it has achieved the 2030 goals. The higher the score of a State / UT, the greater the distance to the achieved goal, it is also read the note.
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