The third edition of India’s Sustainable Development Goals, SDG Index will be launched by NITI Aayog today. First launched in December 2018, the index has become the primary tool for monitoring progress on the SDGs in the country and has simultaneously fostered competition among the States and Union Territories by ranking them on the Global Goals.
NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Dr Rajiv Kumar will launch the SDG India Index and Dashboard, 2020-21 in the presence of Member (Health) Dr Vinod Paul, Chief Executive Officer Amitabh Kant and Adviser (SDG) Sanyukta Samaddar. Designed and developed by NITI Aayog, the preparation of the index follows extensive consultations with the primary stakeholders the States and Union Territories, the UN agencies led by United Nations in India, Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation and the key Union Ministries.
With one-third of the journey towards achieving the 2030 agenda behind us, this edition of the index report focuses on the significance of partnerships and is titled “SDG India Index and Dashboard, 2020-21: Partnerships in The Decade of Action”.
This third edition of the index covers 17 Goals, 70 targets, and 115 indicators. The Index, developed in collaboration with the United Nations in India, measures the progress at the national and sub-national level in the country’s journey towards meeting the Global Goals. It targets and has been successful as an advocacy tool to propagate the messages of sustainability, resilience, and partnerships, as well. The technical process of target setting and normalisation of scores follow the globally established methodology.
While target setting enables the measurement of distance from target for each indicator, the process of normalisation of positive and negative indicators allows for comparability and estimation of goal wise scores for States and UTs. The composite score of a state is derived by assigning each goal the same weight, keeping in mind the indivisible nature of the 2030 Agenda.
The index represents the articulation of the comprehensive nature of the Global Goals under the 2030 Agenda while being attuned to the national priorities. The modular nature of the index has become a policy tooland a ready reckoner for gauging progress of States and UTs on the expansive nature of goals including health, education, gender, economic growth, institutions, climate change and environment.