Government of Gujarat has initiated an important exercise to prepare a Road Map to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the State. UN system in India is partnering with the State government for this important initiative under the leadership of the Hon’ble Chief Minister.
Gujarat is one of the few States that have taken concrete steps towards to integrate human development issues in the planning process.
Government of India has provided strong leadership in the negotiations that represented the voices of developing countries; and defined the contours of the major global agreements, including the Sendai Framework; Addis Ababa Action Agenda; 2030 Agenda and Paris Climate Agreement. 2030 Agenda is the result of a 3 year long transparent, participatory process inclusive of all stakeholders and people’s voices. 2030 Agenda was adopted in September 2015 by 193 Member States. It includes a declaration with vision and principles, goals and targets, means of implementation and follow-up and review framework.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with their 169 targets are broader and more ambitious.
SDGs require State governments to have a radical shift in the way policies and programmes are designed and implemented. State Governments are a key to India’s progress on the SDG agenda. In this context, a half day consultation on SDGs was organised by the Government of Gujarat and United Nations for all the Principal Secretaries and Heads of the Departments on 22nd July. The objective of this consultation was to
- Share the Process of arriving at the 2030 Agenda
- Explain the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
- Share the response of the Government of India (GoI)
- Understand the implications of SDGs for Planning
- Discuss key steps to mainstream the SDGs into State level planning processes in Gujarat
- Share possible UN support to the Government of Gujarat on SDGs