Post-2015 SDGs already being implemented, India tells UN

As the UN reached a consensus on the ambitious post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, India has said it is already implementing the new goals as most of the government's initiatives can be related to one or more of the SDGs to be adopted in September.

United Nations: As the UN reached a consensus on the ambitious post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda, India has said it is already implementing the new goals as most of the government's initiatives can be related to one or more of the SDGs to be adopted in September.

The 193-UN member states have reached an agreement on the outcome document that contains the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that will be adopted by world leaders at the Sustainable Development Summit from September 25-27 at the world body's headquarters.

"This new agenda has enabled us to dream of a new world, a new future in 2030. It is founded on our common belief that our common vision of a world free of poverty is achievable, that a sustainable future for the planet is possible. It is India's hope that this agenda will lead us to a world without poverty and hunger in 2030," said Amit Narang, Counsellor in the Indian mission to the UN here.

Noting that India is happy to join the consensus, "an epoch-making moment", Narang said the outcome document is "clearly not perfect" and there are areas which India feels could continue to be improved.

"We believe that the SDGs are in themselves a strong endorsement of the developmental vision articulated by the Indian government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In fact, most if not all the initiatives launched by Prime Minister Modi can be related to one or more of the SDGs. In this sense, the SDGs are already being implemented in India," Narang said.

He described this as not just a "happy coincidence" but a "necessary one".

"Synergy between the two ? the global development agenda and the Indian one - is important and the two will have to intersect quite closely if either has to succeed.

"The world can count on India and we also look forward to the support of the international community for assisting the endeavours of India and other developing countries," Narang said on the adoption of the outcome document of the 'Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development' at the final session of intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 development agenda on August 2.

The Indian government has launched ambitious programmes like 'Make in India', 'Digital India', 'Smart Cities' and the 'Skills India' initiative, aimed at boosting economic development and manufacturing in the country and help lift millions out of poverty. 

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