United Nations today lauded India’s G-20 Presidency for highlighting a number of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) like no poverty, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation.
Addressing the Joint Valedictory Session of the 57th Capacity Building Programme of the Civil Servants of Bangladesh and Arunachal Pradesh, the UN Resident Coordinator Shombi Sharp said, in fact India’s G-20 Presidency has become SDG-20 Presidency as India is raising strong voice to close financial gaps.
Sharp pointed out that after a long gap, four emerging economies like Indonesia, India, Brazil and South Africa will be holding the G-20 Presidency in a consequent manner to raise the issues of developing countries and to become the Voice of the Global South. He said, India’s G-20 leadership will be followed by SDG Summit in New York after two weeks in September this year. He said, this handshake will be important for the mid-term review of the DDG-17 Goals.
It may be recalled that the 17 Sustainable Development Goals were adopted as a part of the 2030 agenda by 192 United Nations member states in 2015. Some of these goals are no poverty, zero hunger, good health and wellbeing, quality education, gender equality, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, decent work and economic growth, industry, innovation and infrastructure.
Sharp said that the United Nations supports India’s Green Transition, as it has committed for net-zero carbon by 2070. He said, Digital Transformation, Low Carbon Economic Model and Women led Governance with Gender Equality and Women Empowerment are some of the key highlights of India’s High Growth Model.
He also underlined that the World is facing a number of overlapping crisis like fuel, food and fertilizer and the poorest communities in the Poorest countries, particularly in South Asia bear the brunt of such Crisis the Most.
Bharat Lal, DG, National Centre for Good Governance (NCGG) in his address said that the ultimate goal of any Civil Service should be to bring change in quality of life of the common man. He urged the Civil Servants of Bangladesh and Arunachal Pradesh that if they will be able to implement some of the Skills or Best Practices learnt at the NCGG, it will bring key transformation in Governance.
Lal emphasized the crucial role of civil servants in providing efficient public service delivery and highlighted the importance of creating an enabling environment for citizens to realize their potential by improving infrastructure, services and facilities. The DG urged officers to share their experiences and learnings, which could be further fine-tuned by other officers for the benefit of people and implemented in other areas.