National level consultations
In February 2018, a National Workshop on capacity development for localising the SDGs was held. Union Territories (UTs) and 23 states, as well as other relevant stakeholders participated in the workshop.
Another National Consultation on SDG 1 and associated targets was held in March 2018, which saw Central Ministries, States/UTs and other stakeholders discuss policies, implementation strategies and best practices.
The private sector is an important stakeholder in the implementation of SDGs. Recognising this, a government and business partnership conclave was held in August 2018 to sensitise businesses and industries in the private sector and analyse their programme strategies on various SDGs.
The Task Force on Implementation of SDGs held two meetings to take stock of SDGs at the national level. Progress on implementation of SDGs at the state level was reviewed through a series of meetings with States and UTs.
Regional level forums on SDG
The central platform for international follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda is the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF), which meets annually under the auspices of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
As a regional preparatory for the HLPF, the Asia-Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development (APFSD) was held for the fifth time at Bangkok in Mar 2018, under the chairmanship of Dr. Rajiv Kumar, Vice Chairman, NITI Aayog. Around 600 participants joined the event, where States, United Nations bodies, international organizations and other stakeholders engaged in deliberations on the theme, “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”.
The Forum reviewed progress on the identified SDGs to be discussed at the next HLPF as well as the interlinkages across all Goals. The Forum facilitated experience sharing between countries who have already presented their Voluntary National Reviews at the HLPF and those who were to present theirs at the HLPF 2018 to be held in the month of July at New York.
The Forum also took stock of the regional progress made in respect implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific.
South Asia Forum on Sustainable Development
The South Asia Forum on the Sustainable Development Goals, 2018 was co-organized by NITI Aayog, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and RIS in October 2018, to enhance awareness on challenges and opportunities for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda; generate reflections on sub-regional perspectives and good practices on the Goals under review at the HLPF in 2019; and identify ways to strengthen partnerships and implementation efforts.
Representatives from South Asian countries, prominent think tanks and academia as well as regional and sub-regional organizations supporting implementation of SDGs participated in the Forum. Key focal areas of the deliberations were the scope and options for improving the regional/sub-regional policy environment for implementation of SDGs and capacity development of key stakeholders.
Revised Mapping of Ministries, Centrally Sponsored and Central Sector Schemes
A mapping exercise was of Central Ministries and Centrally Sponsored /Central Sector Schemes was revised to include more schemes and reflect more comprehensively the interconnectedness of SDGs.
Monitoring Progress on SDGs
NITI Aayog finalised and released the SDG India Index – Baseline Report 2018 in December 2018, to track the progress of all the States and Union Territories (UTs) on the priority Indicators, measuring their achievements and failures on the outcomes of the interventions and schemes of the central Government.
The SDG India Index has been developed to provide a holistic view on the social, economic and environmental status of the country and its States and UTs. It will also go a long way in helping analyse and identify best practices and priority areas, giving direction to developmental policies.