The year 2020 will be the fifth anniversary of the adoption of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 193 countries at the UN General Assembly. The SDGs, constituted through an unprecedented consultative process, have 17 Goals and 169 related targets to be achieved by 2030. The aim of the ensuing Agenda 2030 is to help streamline development policies and action for the higher and time bound achievement of human wellbeing.
It is almost universally acknowledged that India’s success in achieving the SDGs will largely determine the global outcomes. India is making impressive progress in SDG implementation through well-designed programmes of the Government of India such as Poshan Abhiyaan (National Nutrition Mission), Aayushman Bharat (National Health Protection Scheme), Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (Care for the Girl Child) and Aspirational Districts Programme, to name a few. The common theme of these programmes articulated by the honourable Prime Minister is ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas’ or ‘Development for All’ ensuring that Agenda 2030 is mainstreamed in India’s development strategy on the lines of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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