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State making consistent progress in SDG


As per report published by NITI Aayog and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) which focus on state level performance, Nagaland has been making consistent progress in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) India Index published.
This report was highlighted by principal secretary (Planning) and Development Commissioner, R. Ramakrishna, while delivering keynote address at the two-day, Young Leaders Training on SDGs held on the theme “Role of Young leaders in localising sustainable development goals in Nagaland” at Capital convention hall here on Tuesday.
He said the composite SDG score in Nagaland has improved from 57 in 2019 to 61 in 2020-2021 and ranked 19th out of 35 States and Union Territories in India.
Ramakrishna also informed that Nagaland has performed well in SDGs 1 (No Poverty), 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), 7 (Clean and Affordable Energy) 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), 13 (Climate Action) and 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions).
He further said that as per the North Eastern Region District SDG Index 3021-2022 which was published by the Ministry of Development of North Eastern Region, NITI Aayog and UNDP, districts in Nagaland like Phek, Kohima, Dimapur, Mokokchung, Wokha, Mon and Peren have scored well in certain goals like Zero Hunger, Quality Education, Clean Water and Sanitation.
He also mentioned that Phek district has been ranked first across all 103 NE districts in Goal-2 Zero Hunger.
He further said that Nagaland has formulated and launched a “Nagaland SDG Vision 2030: Leaving No One Behind” in August 2021 which was a strategic development roadmap to work coherently towards a holistic pathway for the inclusive development of the state.
Advisor of School Education and SCERT, Kekhrie Yhome, who graced the training as guest of honour, congratulated the delegates who were selected to undergo the two-day training and challenged them to understand that they were the young leaders and that they should be responsible to the society.
He said that there was a generational gap, in terms of knowledge systems, and therefore encouraged the delegates to come up with sustainability not only in local level but also bring local ideas which will work with local issues and challenges.
He further encouraged the delegates to work in their individual capacity as well to bring about changes in the society.
Earlier, at the opening plenary, Development Consultant, Coordinator Asia & Africa Expert Working Groups, Inclusive Governance/ Local Public Sector Alliance, Limabenla Jamir mentioned that the training was aimed to augment the process gaps of contextualising and localising SDGs.
However, to achieve sustainability in the State of Nagaland, collaborative efforts of local government, international agencies, civil society, non- profit organization and young minds was needed, Jamir said.
He also mentioned that the event organisers have brought together exceptional leaders, changemakers and industry experts where they would be interacting with the participants through technical sessions, documentary, panel discussion and networking.
Executive Director, National Foundation for India (NFI), Biraj Patnaik, through video message, said that NFI considered it as a privilege to have 90 young leaders from all 16 districts of Nagaland and to train them in SDGs. He expressed the hope that the training will provide substantive knowledge about the important role that each individual plays in transforming the society.
Highlighting on the works of SDGCC in Nagaland, IES OSD (Planning) & SDG State Nodal Officer, SDG Coordination Centre, Government of Nagaland, Nayantara Sasikumar, said Nagaland has been actively working towards achieving the SDGs through its SDG Coordination Centre, Department of Planning & Transformation.
She said to accelerate the implementation of SDGs, the State has established a dedicated centre – SDH Coordination Centre (SDGCC) in October 2019 to act as a Centre for SDG knowledge dissemination, monitoring, policy strengthening and as an accelerator for SDG implementation, with technical support from United Nations.
The goal of the two day training was to identify and bring together young leaders from all the 16 districts of Nagaland who will be trained on the current SDGs position of Nagaland and localising the government of Nagaland SDG Vision 2030. 90 young leaders between the ages of 18- 25 years were participating in the training.
Shot clips on how to meet the Sustainable Development Goals together|SDG Moment|United Nations and Nagaland SDG Vision 2030 was screened at the training.
The training programme was organized by National Foundation of India and SDG Coordination Centre of the Department Planning & Transformation, Nagaland, co-funded by the European Union.


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