NITI Aayog: presented India’s second Voluntary National Review at UN’s High-Level Political Forum2 min read

By- Tanisha Pandey

United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) which is an international platform for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NITI Aayog on July 13 2020 presented India’s 2nd Voluntary National Review (VNR) at the United Nations High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development, 2020. NITI Aayog earlier prepared and presented India’s first VNR in 2017.

HLPF is an international platform that is for follow-up and review of progress on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, Dr Rajiv Kumar presented the VNR at the event.

At the HLPF 2020, which is being hosted virtually amid the COVID-19, 47 member states are already set to present their VNRs between July 10-16, 2020. The HLPF meets in July every year for eight days, under the support of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the UN.

NITI Aayog during the VNR presentation:

Dr Rajiv Kumar who is Vice-Chairman of NITI Aayog, in his opening remarks expressed solidarity with all the countries who have been grappling with the challenges because of the COVID-19 pandemic. He also highlighted the main key features of India’s response to the pandemic under the Atma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan.

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He also mentioned that we should obliterate all distinctions and divisions among us and come together to try and convert the prevailing situation into an opportunity that will accelerate our progress towards achieving the SDG targets.

What does India’s VNR report presents?

Indian VNR Report 2020 was disclosed during the event. It is a comprehensive account of the adaptation and implementation of the 2030 Agenda in India. Apart from showing a review of progress report on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the report also discusses at length the policy and enabling environment, strengthening means of implementation, and India’s approach to localising SDGs.

Following the theme of taking SDGs from global to local, according to the goal wise account of the progress on SDGs has been added with examples of a range of diverse practices and goods and success stories of interventions from the States, specifically Aspirational Districts.

India had presented its VNR along with the other second time presenters such as Georgia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Kenya, Niger, Nepal, Uganda, and Nigeria.