The Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved the constitution of a High-Level Steering Committee for periodically reviewing and refining the National Indicator Framework (NIF) for monitoring of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with associated targets.
The high-level committee will be chaired by Chief Statistician of India and Secretary under the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation (MoSPI).
The members of the committee will include Secretaries of data source ministries and NITI Aayog.
The Secretaries of other related Ministries will be special invitees to the committee with the function of reviewing of National Indicator Framework including refinement of the indicators from time to time.
• The committee aims to mainstream SDGs into on-going national policies, programmes and strategic action plans to address the developmental challenges.
• The statistical indicators of NIF will be the backbone of monitoring of SDGs at the national and state level and will scientifically measure the outcomes of the policies to achieve the targets under different SDGs.
• Based on the statistical indicator, the MoSPI will bring out national reports on the implementation of SDGs. The report will facilitate the assessment of progress, identify challenges and give recommendations for follow up at the national level.
• The high-level steering committee will review the National Indicator Framework on regular basis for its improvement. Advanced IT tools will be used for close and effective monitoring.
• The data source Ministries / Departments will be responsible for providing regular information to MoSPI at required intervals and disaggregation for national and sub-national reporting of SDGs.
• The SDGs integrate economic, social and environmental dimensions of development. They are aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world with the basic motto of 'SabkaSaathSabkaVikash'.
• Further, the SDGs with 17 goals and 169 targets intend for the promotion of sustainable, inclusive and equitable economic growth, creating greater opportunities for all, reducing inequalities, raising basic standards of living, fostering equitable social development and inclusion, promoting integrated and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems.
• The National Indicator Framework will help in outcome-based monitoring and reporting on progress on SDGs at the national level.
• However, there is no direct financial implication on the implementation of the National Indicator Framework.
• The SDGs are expected to bring change in the lives of people and the monitoring of progress of implementation of SDGs will benefit the entire nation.
• The UN General Assembly in its 70th session considered and adopted the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next 15 years. The 17 SDGs came into force with effect from January 1, 2016.
• Though not legally binding, the SDGs have become de facto international obligations and have the potential to reorient domestic spending priorities of the countries during the next fifteen years.
• The countries are expected to take ownership and establish a national framework for achieving these goals.
• However, the implementation and success will rely on countries' own sustainable development policies, plans and programmes.
• The countries would be responsible for follow-up and review at the national level with regard to the progress made in implementing the goals and targets.
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